My grandson is a keen golfer who hopes to turn professional one day. He is 14 years old and currently has an 11 handicap.
He loves to play and practice and I just want to be sure that he is making the most of his time on the practice green.
Also, sometimes he listens to music when practicing. Do you have an opinion on this?
Many thanks for all you do.
–Ed, New Mexico
Thank you for writing and telling us about your grandson.
Here are a few key points that you should bear in mind when advising him how to practice (this applies equally to all of us):
1. Be motivated to practice and enjoy it.
2. Be sure to have the correct length putter and follow the fundamentals of putting. For more help on these, access our online course for golfers.
3. Practice with a purpose. Have specific practice drills. Hitting twenty balls at a hole over and over again is a waste of time unless you are working on certain mechanics.
4. It is very important to get your grandson started on the right track . We have some junior lesson programs that are available at our Putting PAD at Reunion Resort in Orlando FL. Click here to learn more.
5. No music when practicing. Listening to music is nice, but it drowns out some crucial feedback when putting, specifically the noise of the putter hitting the ball and the ball falling in the hole. Additionally, it makes it more difficult to focus on what you should be doing. You must practice the way you intend to play and you can’t take your tunes out onto the course with you.
Hope this helps.