How much should I practice?
This is a great question that you should ask yourself when starting to learn about playing golf or any sport, musical instrument, or new language. Also, prepare yourself for the answer of "A LOT". Just like any other motor skill you've performed in your life, the best way to learn it is by repeating the task in small pieces. We also recommend learning the pieces slowly. There's more to it than just repeating the task slowly in small pieces, but this is a baseline for your learning environment. Each time you perform the task and fail, you must understand why you failed and how you need to improve it to be successful, then repeat the task with an attempt at applying your new understanding.
"If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate." -Thomas J. Watson.
Your failures lead to your sucesses. Practice doesn't make perfect,
failing makes perfect practice. Along with that idea, the quality of practice is
most often more important to someome learning how to golf than the quantity of practice. This is
why you should establish goals, write them down, and try to achieve them. These should be realistic, measureable, and attainable.
My goal is to make 25 putts in a row from 4-feet before I leave the putting green today.
My goal is to play 18-holes without a 3-putt within the next 2 months.
What to Expect
If you apply the ideas mentioned above with your practice efforts, this is what you can typically expect as a result.
|Daily(hrs)||Weekly(hrs)||Golfer Type||18-Hole Score||Notes|
|less than 30 min||less than 3||One that needs to practice more||130 or >||No one wants to play with you. You're luckly if you hit the ball on the first 3 swings on any shot.|
|45 min||3-4||Mediocre||100-130||You can hit the ball off a tee but don't no which direction it will go. You three-putt (or more) 10-18 times a round. You top the ball or hit fat iron shots, chips, and pitches.|
|1-2||5-10||Bogey Golfer or High School JV||80-100||You're able to make your way around the golf course. You might have a few blow-up holes or a few thee-putts. Other golfers are happy to play with you.|
|3-4||15-20||High School Varisty, Junior College, NCAA DII & DIII||74-79||You're awareness of mental game, shot selection, and controlling distances are more defined. Your short game is the key to improving from here.|
|4-6||20-30||NCAA DI, Mini Tour||68-73||Highly competitive. You can produce any ball flight and curvature desired. Mental stamina, endurance, and short game are the keys to longevity.|
|6+||30+||Mini Tours, PGA/LPGA||67 or less||Touring professional. You know how to get the job done and win.|