Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Mid-Season Practice Schedule

Today's blog is a copy of our practice schedule, along with the note included to one of our seniors, Alex Rossi. I love my two seniors and this is my last semester with them. They were our first class at SMU and we built our culture and program on their shoulders.

This practice schedule has some repetition. When we have short turn arounds, it's how I choose to attack the weaknesses that I see and make an impact. Variety is great at keeping the team engaged, but right now, we need focused reps and improvement in very specific things.


Practice Schedule for Alex Rossi
Feb. 24-Mar. 2

Highlights so far:
  • You played Westbrook with nothing above a bogie.  Nice job of minimizing mistakes and playing smart golf!
  • You had 10/5 Ham & Eggs at Westbrook!  That means you made a lot of pars, both by hitting greens and by getting the ball up and down.
  • You averaged under par on par 5’s for the first tournament this year.  Yippee!
  • You had 0 3-putts and a low putting par (+.67)!  
  • You got 2 of 3 scrambles up and down.  (.667)  AWESOME! Your highest % yet!
Things to improve:
  • Work on ball striking.  Long par 3’s need improvement.  You can use the area at DAC and tee balls up and work on hitting to all four sections of the green.  Take note which ones give you trouble and learn how to play to the center for those areas.  
  • Keep working on your swing to get your swagger back.  You had it at Westbrook, but it left a bit as you tired.  Reps with routine and target awareness.  Use aiming tools on the range.
  • If you play tennis, do it with putts that are 5-15 feet.  You can use a tee instead of a hole and the first to hit the tee wins.  I want to see you convert more of your birdie putts and this would be great for your teammates as well!

Things to know about Florida:  
  • Donald Ross course with 5 par 3s.  Small, firm greens with a lot of false fronts and false backs.  
  • It will play much like Westbrook did with short game shots.  The Blue course is a perfect place to play to prepare.  The greens are elevated, so throw some balls down on the Blue where there are elevation changes around the greens, such as the left of #3, the back of #5, anywhere on #6, #11, #13, and the back of #16.  Spend as much time as possible on those type of shots, both at practice and on the course.


Wed., Feb. 24 -  Work on what you need today and/or play.  
Putting:  Star Drill:  Put 5 tees around the hole at 5 feet.  Go around 5 times.  How many of the 25 putts did you make?  Write it in your journal.  

Thurs., Feb. 25 -
Wedges:  Hit 100 wedge shots today.  Choose at least 5 distances and use 2 different clubs/trajectories from each distance.  For example, you might do 100, 80, 60, 40 and 20 yards.  At 100, you might choose to hit 10 balls with your gap wedge and 10 balls with your pitching wedge.  Work on controlling your swing length, tempo, landing point, trajectory and spin.  Ask for help if you aren’t 100% confident!  Work to learn instead of working to be perfect.  Take note of ball flight and ball reaction.  Be aware and make adjustments.  
Chipping/Pitching:  Put 10 balls in a pile 2 steps off the green.  Chip them and try to hole each shot.  Before you pick them up, look at the cluster you’ve made and note your tendencies.  Now do it again and make adjustments.  If you tended to leave it short, get it to the hole or past.  If you tended to leave it right, adjust and play more break!  Now move back 2 steps and do it again.  Keep working until you’re 10 steps off the green. This drill will help you in Florida if you choose a place with elevation.
Putting:  Star Drill:  Put 5 tees around the hole at 5 feet.  Go around 5 times.  How many of the 25 putts did you make?  Write it in your journal.  
Wall Drill:  Put a club 3 feet behind the hole.  Putt 3 balls from 25, 30, 35, and 40 feet.  All three must either go in the hole or stop between the hole and the wall.  
Ball Striking:  Find a place to hit short and mid irons in the short game area.  Hit 10 balls at each pin.  Use your routine.  Be aware of your tendencies.  Make adjustments to aim and distance control.  

Fri., Feb. 26 -  Please play 18 holes today.  Make a tee time with a teammate.  
Putting:  Star Drill:  Put 5 tees around the hole at 5 feet.  Go around 5 times.  How many of the 25 putts did you make?  Write it in your journal.  

Sat., Feb. 27 - OYO
Wedges:  Hit 100 wedge shots today.  Choose at least 5 distances and use 2 different clubs/trajectories from each distance.  For example, you might do 100, 80, 60, 40 and 20 yards.  At 100, you might choose to hit 10 balls with your gap wedge and 10 balls with your pitching wedge.  Work on controlling your swing length, tempo, landing point, trajectory and spin.  Ask for help if you aren’t 100% confident!  Work to learn instead of working to be perfect.  Take note of ball flight and ball reaction.  Be aware and make adjustments.  
Chipping/Pitching:  Put 10 balls in a pile 5 steps off the green.  Chip them and try to hole each shot.  Before you pick them up, look at the cluster you’ve made and note your tendencies.  Now do it again and make adjustments.  If you tended to leave it short, get it to the hole or past.  If you tended to leave it right, adjust and play more break!  Now move back 5 steps and do it again.  Keep working until you’re 25 yards off the green. This drill will help you in Florida if you choose a place with elevation.
Putting:  Star Drill:  Put 5 tees around the hole at 5 feet.  Go around 5 times.  How many of the 25 putts did you make?  Write it in your journal.  
Wall Drill:  Put a club 3 feet behind the hole.  Putt 3 balls from 25, 30, 35, and 40 feet.  All three must either go in the hole or stop between the hole and the wall.  
Ball Striking:  Find a place to hit short and mid irons in the short game area.  Hit 10 balls at each pin.  Use your routine.  Be aware of your tendencies.  Make adjustments to aim and distance control.  

Sun., Feb. 28 - Off

Mon., Feb. 29 - Short Game Practice at Trinity Forest - 3:00 PM

Tues., Mar. 1 Wedges:  Hit 100 wedge shots today.  Choose at least 5 distances and use 2 different clubs/trajectories from each distance.  For example, you might do 100, 80, 60, 40 and 20 yards.  At 100, you might choose to hit 10 balls with your gap wedge and 10 balls with your pitching wedge.  Work on controlling your swing length, tempo, landing point, trajectory and spin.  Ask for help if you aren’t 100% confident!  Work to learn instead of working to be perfect.  Take note of ball flight and ball reaction.  Be aware and make adjustments.  
Chipping/Pitching:  Put 10 balls in a pile 2 steps off the green.  Chip them and try to hole each shot.  Before you pick them up, look at the cluster you’ve made and note your tendencies.  Now do it again and make adjustments.  If you tended to leave it short, get it to the hole or past.  If you tended to leave it right, adjust and play more break!  Now move back 2 steps and do it again.  Keep working until you’re 10 steps off the green. This drill will help you in Florida if you choose a place with elevation.
Putting:  Star Drill:  Put 5 tees around the hole at 5 feet.  Go around 5 times.  How many of the 25 putts did you make?  Write it in your journal.  
Wall Drill:  Put a club 3 feet behind the hole.  Putt 3 balls from 25, 30, 35, and 40 feet.  All three must either go in the hole or stop between the hole and the wall.  
Ball Striking:  Find a place to hit short and mid irons in the short game area.  Hit 10 balls at each pin.  Use your routine.  Be aware of your tendencies.  Make adjustments to aim and distance control.  

Wed., Mar. 2 Play Day - Las Colinas CC

Thurs., Mar. 3 - Travel to Gainesville

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