- Jan 18, 2013
I'm working on my ability to use fewer words. Let's see.
This sounds right.
This is sneaky right. It's the thing many people have trouble believing and often don't have the patience to learn. Seems like it's more likely to happen on its own when you start young and is a freaking mess for many adults. It actually took me getting hurt 3 times and "gamifying" it like I was saying before it started to happen more reliably on its own.
Middle aged here and continuing to see small increases in distance every year. My number one practice tip and lesson learned over the past few years is that you can learn this stuff at any age, the secret is lots of practice and reps, and the way to do that is 50% power shots. I know you know this, but it's worth reiterating, you don't want to go to some empty field and strong arm power shots endlessly into the void. You do want to work on specific shots/angles/techniques by having a shorter range target and focusing on it, and by most importantly getting lots of reps in, but only throwing about half power.
This will allow one to get lots of those reps in, do it multiple times per week if possible, and to drastically reduce the wear and tear on the body and really reduce injury risk. Heck if 50% is too much drop it to 33% and start from there. I really started to see improvements doing this. I would bring one or two things out to the course I was working on, focus on them, and get lots and lots of throws this way.
It really reminds me of working out at a gym by lifting weights. You never just cram your max weight and go for 1 rep. Nobody with an impressive physique does that. What they actually do is much, much lighter weights than you think, and get in tons of reps, and repeat said process for years. They basically practice too.
When lots of pros and really good golfers would tell people to "practice lots with a putter" or "work on lots of standstill shots" I believe they basically stumbled upon the same thing above that I did and are trying to communicate this idea, albeit in a different way. By forcing yourself to throw putters or standstill shots you're dialing the power down a few notches and focusing more on the techniques involved.