Friday, January 24, 2014

A New Season - Spring!

Spring is a wonderful time of the year. It is a time of growth, blossoming, warmth and beauty.  I might be rushing things a bit since its definitely not warm today, but it is the season when the days are getting longer and the sun's rays grow stronger with each and every day.

We had our first few meetings this week and I'm consistently impressed with the young ladies on our team. They are focused, enthusiastic and ready to work for their goals. With that being said, our first practice schedule was very demanding, yet engaging, so I think they enjoyed the challenges. I'm sharing it to help others guide their practices. The journaling component is important to not only track improvement and focus, but also to get you involved with the direction and needs of your future practice sessions.

Practice Schedule #1

“Winners are a different breed of cat.  They have an inner drive and are willing to give of themselves whatever it takes to win.”  Byron Nelson

Jan. 17-Jan. 20 Match Play Tournament.  In addition to playing your matches, please accomplish 1-5 below.     Please journal your results.  Let us know if you need a new journal for the semester and we will provide one.  Practice 3 of the 4 days.

1.   Putting – Attached are 9 putting drills.  Do the Ten Putt Challenge every day and add one more from each category, giving you a total of (4) 15 minute challenges each day. 
2.  Bunkers – Each day, hit 10 bunker shots from the following positions: 
2 shots from a good lie
1 shot from an uphill lie
1 shot from a downhill lie
1 shot with the ball above your feet
1 shot with the ball below your feet
1 fried egg
1 semi buried
2 from a good lie.  
Vary the distance of the shot you choose each day.  
Your first goal is to get all 10 out.  
If successful, your next goal is to get all 10 on the green.  
If successful, your next goal is to get all within 10 feet.  
If successful, your next goal is to get all within 5 feet.  

If you didn’t do well on a shot, take 10 shots from that position until you get all out and on the green.  This should take you no more than 15 minutes each day.  Use your routine.  Rake the bunker.  Journal your success each day.  

3.  Wedges – Each day drop 10 balls down at a different distance.  Start at 50 yards from the hole and continue in 5’s until you get to 100 yards.  You will need to do 3-4 per day to accomplish the goal.
Your first goal is to get all 10 shots to stop on the green. 
Your next goal is to get all within 10 feet of the pin.
Your next goal is to get ½ of your shots within 5 feet.
Spend up to 30 minutes with your wedges daily.  Fix your ball marks and fill your divots with sand.  Journal your success.  

4.  Chipping – Each day get 5 balls up and down.  Learn to use all your clubs from log wedge to 7 iron.  Drop the ball and use your routine.  Putt all shots out.  

5.  Irons – Using the greens in the short game area, use 10 balls for either your even (wedge, 8 and 6) or odd (9, 7, 5) irons.  Laser the middle pin and factor lie and wind into your distance.  Choose the distance you believe will fit the club.  Hit 10 shots.  Chart where each shot ended in your journal by drawing a picture and putting feet or yards distance from pin.  
Your first goal is to get all 10 shots to stop on the green with each club.
Your next goal is to get all shots within 30 feet with your 5 & 6 irons, 20 feet with your 7 & 8 irons and 15 feet with your 9 and wedge.
Your next goal is to halve the above distances. 
Spend up to 1 hour hitting iron shots.  Use your routine.  Fix your ball marks and fill your divots with sand.  

Jan. 21 - Off

Jan. 22 Team workout at 6:30 AM.  Team meeting at 4:00 PM-6:00 PM.

“Golf is a difficult game, but it’s a little easier if you trust your instincts.  It’s too hard a game to try to play like someone else.” Nancy Lopez

Putting Challenges for P.S. #1
Do challenges for up to 15 minutes & then move on.

Short Putts:
10 Putt Challenge - 3 putts from 4 ft., 3 from 5 ft., 3 from 6 ft., and one from 10 feet.

The Money Putt: Make 20 putts in a row from 5 feet. You must go through your full routine on each putt.

Around the World: Find a hole with slope. Play around the world from 4, 5, and 6 feet. Put 5 tees in around the hole at the designated lengths. Make 5 around the world and then come back. If you make 10 in a row around the world, move to the next length. 

Mid Range Putts:
Mustang Challenge: Put 5 tees down around the hole at 10 feet for each tee. Putt from each tee. When you make a putt, move the tee back one putter length. When you have moved a tee twice, pick it up when you make the 3rd putt.

Triangle Drill:  Find 3 holes that form a triangle of 10-20 feet.  Putt from one hole to the next using 2 balls.  If you make 1, move to the next hole.  When you’ve made a putt at all three spots, turn around and go the opposite direction.  Go through your routine.  See it, feel it, trust it on every putt.  Drop the putt into the hole at the speed you see.

Annika Drill:  Put five balls around the hole from 10-20 feet. Make three of five to successfully complete the drill.

Long Putts:
Speed Challenge: Putt from 25, 30, 35 and 40 feet until you get 3 balls to stop within a grip length of the string on the green. Go through your routine. 

Draw Back: Play draw back with a partner. 9 holes stroke play. If your first putt is within a grip length of the hole, you can putt it. If it is outside that distance, you must draw the ball back a putter length.

Worst Ball Challenge: Find a partner to play against. Pick putts at least 20 feet long and you both putt two balls. Pick up your best putt and putt your worst. Match play for 18 holes. Loser has to do the pony around the green.

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