There is nothing more annoying than hitting the golf course and coming away with a new high score. If you’re a habitual golfer, you may have noticed that no matter how much you play, whether you’re practicing on the fairway or the driving range, you just keep getting higher and higher scores every time. Are you wondering how it’s possible that you are actually getting worse the more you practice.

The old adage tells us that practice makes perfect, but that isn’t always true. In fact, the way you practice makes more of a difference than the quantity. While it may be frustrating to see your skill plateau after tirelessly practicing your hook and slice technique on the golf course, getting worse at golf may indicate that you need to change the way you train. Unless you’re practicing the right skills and techniques, you’re never going to see improvement. Here are our tips for working smarter, not harder on the golf course.

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It's not just you...

You wouldn’t be the first golfer to discover that they’re actually getting worse at golf when they feel they should be getting better. You practice your swing whenever you have the chance, pour hours into improving your putt, but when you get the chance to play 18 holes you come away with a score high enough to ruin your day. What is responsible for this strange, frustrating phenomenon experienced by golfers everywhere?

For an amateur golfer, it would make sense that simply practicing longer is enough to knock strokes off your game. However, seasoned players know that how you practice is key to improvement. Practicing the wrong things for too long will train you to play that way, and your mistakes will quickly become muscle memory. But how do you get to the point where you’re practicing the right things in the right ways? The answer is simple: deliberate practice. Your practice regimen should be intentional with a specific performance target for you to strive for. Pushing yourself to achieve your performance goals is important but don’t forget to work a recovery phase into your routine. Both comfort and discomfort are crucial to the process of building new muscles and skills.

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If you are getting worse at golf no matter how much you practice, it’s time to take a good, long look at your technique. Are you aware of what part of your game needs improvement? Are you focused on the correct concepts? Is your practice deliberate enough to deliver the results you are seeking?

Have no idea where to start restructuring your practice routine in order to see results on the golf course. That’s not a problem. At Calabasas Country Club, we offer individualized training sessions with expert instructors. Our golf professionals have a wealth of knowledge and experience for you to draw on, and they can help you cut your score down in no time. If you’re interested in golf lessons in Los Angeles, look no further than Calabasas Country Club.

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