Perfect Practice Makes Perfect

Making your swing changes work for you on the driving range can be a very frustrating process. In this video, I'll show you a perfect way to structure your time on the range so that you get the results you are looking for sooner than later.

  • Each time you practice or drill, try to get 100-300 quality repetitions in. 
  • Figure out how much time you have available 
  • Structure the drill session around 5-6 reps before each shot taken. 

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Mark
Craig - Just wanted to let you know how much this video has helped me improve my practice sessions. I used to just head to the range and beat balls, usually working thru a litany of swing thoughts that I hoped might help me hit some solid shots. Now my practice time is much more productive! It is amazing how much it helps to practice the small components (whatever I am working on at the time) before I address and hit the ball! Right now I am working on training the lead and trail arm separately, and then stacking on the stop and squat drill prior to starting my downswing. So, I do 3-5 practice swings with my right arm only, then 3-5 with my left, then 3-5 where I stop at end of backswing and do the "squat", then 3-5 where I go from squat thru the transition to posting up and hitting the ball. After I do that, I clear my mind, address the ball and hit. Over the course of the practice sessions I hit many fewer balls, but the quality of the hits are way better than before. And, I feel like I am actually incrementally improving. Thanks for the tips!
March 7, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mark. Nice. Thanks for the compliments. Sounds like you are on the proper track. Quality reps is the key to training the newer and better motor patterns. Keep up the good work.
March 7, 2018
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Daniel
When it comes to 'stacking' your practice and working up to hitting the golf ball from slow body movements how would you practice when you're first going through the system starting at set up? Would you nail each part like set up, weight shift, rotation etc separately before moving on to the next part with body movements only then going through them all again from set up using the hands and arms then same process again with a club then a fourth set hitting balls?
November 5, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Daniel. You can start to combine the drills. If you can nail setup and weight shift with the proper body movements. I would use the 5 Step System as a guide. Once, you nail the setup. Work through the progressions the exact same way. Weight, body movements, adding the lead arm, etc. You don't need to rewind back to setup before adding the ball if you get the proper motions down. Use your swing reviews as a guide. We can tell you exactly what you need.
November 6, 2017
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T David
Great suggestions here that I keep reviewing. Something that Craig mentioned to me in my last review too helped with this .... Something like... If you are not making a good swing without the ball, then you don't need to swing with it. This has really helped me to move to a more deeper practice sessions working through each move and breaking thing down to smaller parts. I have been enjoying my practice sessions and seeing improvements bit by bit. Thanks, Chris and Craig!
October 28, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Dave. Chris and I both appreciate the compliments and post. Keep up the good work!
October 28, 2016
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T David
Great video on how to practice. On one of the other videos, Chuck mentions the book, The Talent Code. I picked up a copy of this book and have been reading it. It really helps to understand what quality and deeper learning is and how we improve. The intersting thing that I picked up is that we learn by making mistakes and adjustments to fix those errors. I used to get upset with a bad swing... Now I look at it as an education. I would like to see someone (maybe Chuck) to do a video series specifically on deep learning. Just a thought.
October 19, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Dave. Thanks for the suggestion. Always looking for info from the members.
October 20, 2016
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Les
Have you guys ever made a video on the correct way to practice? Like do you try and drill a movement a couple times then hit a quarter shot or how do you go about devoting your time to improve. What split do you guys recommend for short game/range time when trying to work on our swings? Also what has chuck or any of you other teachers noticed when you are helping a PGA tour player work on their swings? How do they go about making changes? Is it all golf swing till they get the change or do they implement the changes slowly. Thanks
July 3, 2016
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Les, this video was geared towards showing you how to actually be able to drill and be able to hit shots on the range in the process. Range time vs. short game....this can vary from one student to the next but you always want to be spending a lot of time on your short game. Range time is good as long as the quality of the reps being done on the range stays at the highest level and goals are being reached with your practice sessions. I worked with a student that is professional last week and we hit 3 balls over the span of 3 days. We drilled and drilled and drilled the body movements until he became more and more proficient. Then, he will take the movements and keep drilling over the next 10-14 days until the change is ingrained and will slowly start hitting balls towards the end of the ingraining process.
July 5, 2016
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Les
Thank you that helps alot
July 5, 2016
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
My pleasure Les!!!
July 5, 2016
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Brandon
For tournament players with the luxury of taking time off, is it recommended to take months away from tournaments to work on your swing, rather than playing through your swing changes?
November 7, 2016
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
That's a subjective question. Some players will benefit with taking time off to work on things and get more at peace with their games and some players tend to do well and stay more sharp by staying active in tournaments. From a persona perspective...Tournament golf is a different animal and it tests the mind and patience. If you stop playing in events, it can hard to get back in the swing of things
November 8, 2016
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michael
curious where you got the 2 ball hit one routine? What is its pushing me to achieve? Seems to work whatever you were trying to get me to do with it.
February 14, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Michael. Most people have a hard "hit" instinct when a ball is in front of them. We are trying to take the focus off hitting the ball and getting the proper move. When you perform the swing properly the ball will follow suit. It just needs to get in the way. By not focusing on the ball being hit. The brain will stay a little more on task than worrying about the strike.
February 14, 2016
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Lisa
Can I think of the target out there instead of the ball above the ball I am going to hit??
January 2, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Awesome. Yes, you can think of the target. If you can stay focused on the move and it helps you not "hit" at the ball.
January 3, 2016
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Greg
HI Chris, In the past I have spent many many hours practicing, with only marginal improvement. Thank you for putting this together, the practice strategy in your video has already paid dividends for me! With your disciplined approach to practice I have just completed my second series set of reps for a putting. I am seriously pleased with the improvement I can see from 2 hours of 'perfected' practice - again thank you.
October 11, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Greg. Keep up the good work. Happy to hear that you are improving by practicing more efficiently.
October 12, 2015
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Frost
A very good video, but what does having your eyes focus on a ball 4 inches outswide Good video but what does focusing on one ball while trying to hit the other accomplish? I must be missing something. Thanks, Frost Walker
September 4, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Frost, having another ball out on the ground shifts your attention off the results and allows you to focus on the body movements and not be so worried about the results. We want the golf ball to get in the way of our swing, which can be very hard to do. Glad you enjoyed the video.
September 5, 2015
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Byron
I am assuming that the 3reps without a club and the next 2 reps with a club are included in the 100-300 reps. therefore if I have 120 reps, 60 are with no club, 30 are with the club and only 30 are actually hitting the ball
September 4, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
That is correct. You break down the reps into whatever range you need to, with or without the club, Just make sure the quality of the reps is there.
September 5, 2015
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Bill
Chris, Great video and I wanted to compliment you on your videos. You started off a little shaky but your content and presentation has improved greatly to were I know enjoy , and learn, for your videos. Looking forward to learning from your future videos. Bill
September 4, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks Bill. It is not an easy thing to be on camera that is for sure.
September 5, 2015
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Joseph
Chris, I agree with Bill and the absence of a hat and glasses is much appreciated. A few suggestions, esp for when you go to long sleeves, is to avoid black shirts and pants and dress in lighter colors that make seeing tone and shadows on the fabric easier. A ref's shirt would be the best but any contrasting pattern would work well.
September 8, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks for the feedback Joseph. I will do my best to make sure I am easy to see and understand as we move forward.
September 9, 2015
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Donald
I was watching video on tempo and it referenced a good followup video "Load the right glut, shorten your swing, start transition" Tempo video says the referenced video will be to the right of the running Tempo video. The referenced videos are NEVER listed immediately to the right of the running video. Also, I can't find the "load the R glut" video when I do the search.. Is it just me????
September 3, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Donald, I just checked everything on our end and all seems to be showing up just as mentioned. If you click to play the tempo video, to the right of the video player at the TOP of the video list, you will see 2 tabs...1.The video section that you are currently in, and then to the right of that will say "recommended videos". You need to click on that tab in order to see the recommended videos that go along with that video.
September 3, 2015
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Donald
Ok. Thanks, Chris
September 5, 2015
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Thomas
Can you give a little explanation of how to best use the mirror and or camera. I have read where you suggest a high speed camera, is that so you can play back in slow motion better?
September 3, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Thomas, when using a mirror, you want to be able to visually see the positions that you are trying to achieve. There are checkpoints for most of the videos that can help you with what you are looking for in each part of the swing. When working privately with a student, I use an ipad to film the students videos and get a pretty clear picture at 60 frames per second. The higher the FPS, the better so that you can see more detailed positions in the swing.
September 3, 2015
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Brandon
What type of mirror is recommended for the down-the-line view? I saw one on the website but it looks like it's more for face-on.
November 7, 2016
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Bonnie
OK, So do you try to hit the first ball while you are focused on the second ball?
September 3, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
That is the idea. But only if you have problems with being so wrapped up in trying to hit the ball.
September 3, 2015
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Bonnie
OK, thanks Chris. I have my first match play match this weekend. Thought I'd do some practice with the basics. Thanks,
September 3, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
My Pleasure Bonnie, GOOD LUCK in your match. Make sure you keep your focus!
September 3, 2015

I know you've all heard that expression practice makes perfect. Well, in today's video, I'm going to actually switch your mindset over to the newer expression, perfect practice makes perfect. I know a lot of us want to go out there and hit a lot of golf balls, and it's fun to watch it fly. Believe me, I get it, but I'm actually going to lay out a very detailed game plan that's going to help change the way you practice and make it much more quality throughout the entire process, that way you get to see your swing changes start to evolve sooner than later.

                All right, so the objective of today's video is to lay out a good game plan for those of you that are going to go to the driving range and start to work on your swing changes. I know a lot of times it can be extremely frustrating when we get out there and we start bashing away at tons of balls and we don't see that immediate results that we're looking for. I'm like that. I'm just like you guys at home. If I don't see that immediate satisfaction, I'm like why in the heck am I taking golf instruction in the first place. Well, we need to change the way you approach your practice sessions.

                Let me ask you a question here first. When you go out and practice or you're starting to drill your golf swing or your swing changes I should say, what are you trying to achieve? Well, let me answer that for you. Every time you pick up a golf club and you start to drill, you need to be aiming between 100 and 300 quality repetitions. The operative word there is quality. We don't want to have quantity. We don't want to just rip out 300 reps and not have any sort of idea or kinesthetic awareness within the body of what we're trying to overcome. Once you understand that it's 100 to 300 reps, now I want you to ask yourself how much time you have available when you go out to the driving range. Well, today, I've got about an hour or so. I've got about an hour or so to hit golf balls. My practice sessions are going to be revolved around trying to get about 150 reps in with this one hour. What I'm going to do is I'm actually going to work on my swing change.

                From a hypothetical standpoint, let's just say I've been taking my swing reviews and my instructor said, "Okay, you need to work on getting a bigger, fuller turn in your golf swing." What I'm going to do is I'm going to set myself up here and I use a mirror, so if you don't have access to a mirror, make sure you use a camera. We do have mirrors on the site that these are the small ones that you can set on the ground. They're great for practice sessions. That way you can see to make sure you're doing the moves correctly, because most of the time feel is not necessarily a real thing in the golf swing. You could be feeling one thing and it could be totally off. It's really critical that you use a mirror or a camera.

                I'm going to say that my practice sessions are at 150 reps. I've got 25 golf balls down here. I don't have that big jumbo thing of balls where I've got 150 balls in there where I'm just going to hit ball after ball. That's just going to be like chasing your tail in a circle. What we're going to be doing here is I'm going to take my first three reps without a golf club. There's one. There's two. There's three. The next two reps, I'm just going to try to recreate those moves with a club. On the sixth rep, it's okay to start hitting a golf shot. Let that thing fly. You're still trying to focus on the body movements themselves. Stay committed to the body movements.

                Now, I got another great tip that's going to help you guys out at home because I see this so often and a lot of you that have gotten a chance to work with me privately or even online, a lot of times we're better off being blindfolded because we're so worried about the results down here. I'll tell you right from personal experience, I am too. I want to hit that thing and I want to make it go as far as humanly possible. Well, what we can do to overcome that and stop being so worried about the results from here and out there, is I want you to put a golf ball about four to six inches on the outside of this. Once you take your address position and you feel like you're nice and set up, good posture, I want your eyes to be focusing on this golf ball when you make your swing.

                Again, I've done my reps. Now, I've done the address position here. My focus is going to be on the golf ball out here. That's going to help you stat in tune with what your body is trying to achieve during your practice sessions. Try these drills out. Make sure that you understand number one what you're trying to achieve. It's going to be between 100 and 300 reps every time you pick up a club, or if you're just focusing on body movements. Find out how much time you have. I know that I want to hit 150 reps today, so I picked out 25 golf balls. I'm going to do five really good methodical drills in between each one of my shots. I'm going to go ahead and execute. You'll be to your end results way sooner than later, I promise you. Now, get out there, try it, and let's make it a great day.

 

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