Imagine a golfer who hits 10 drives down a fairway and their pattern looks like this. I thought I would use the 10th hole at Aronimink Golf Club as an example.
Here on the 10th hole at Aronimink Golf Club, the golfer aimed for the middle of the fairway (highlighted by the blue dot). The golfer hits the fairway 50% of the time, but ends up in the rough and trees 50% of the time (highlighted by the red dots). So, its anyone's guess where the drive will end up, and when you're playing a tournament, these odds are not good for winning.
The golfer could try to overhaul their swing to straighten out that pattern. However, if the same player were to aim at the left side of the fairway (highlighted by the blue dot), they now increase their fairway hits to 80%.
"If I find I’m having a day where most of my shots are over-cutting (going right), I’ll go to the right side of the tee-box, aim left, so if it cuts it will still be in the fairway." (Tiger Woods)
Golfers who try to change their swings with a quick 'band aid' fix to neutralize the patterns usually end up opening up both sides of the golf course. In an attempt to do it the perceived “correct way”, you end up playing worse than if you had used strategy interventions.
"You gotta dance with who ya brung" (Sam Snead, referring to how he rather played with the shot shape he brings to the day, rather than trying to change it during the course of play)
In an ideal world, we would prepare for a tournament by getting out on the course and actually playing. However, there are significant difficulties with that (inability to practice on the course, time constraints, weather, green fee costs etc. Simulation training can offer a few advantages over playing - more reps per time period, cost, shorter time needed)
Simulation training is, as it sounds, where we try to simulate the game of golf as much as possible. At my golf academy, I emphasize random practice with the use of range targets, on-course play and on-course games.
Rather than beating balls to a range target over and over, I help my students apply their swing technique and drills from the lesson tee to the actual course - this allows for 'RANGE PRACTICE-CONNECT-COURSE PLAY' mindset. Every lesson I offer, from our 30-minute to 90-minute lessons connects the range to the on-course play, so you're getting the opportunity to apply your new skills or swing thoughts under pressure.
Once you know your biases and patterns, you can hit a lot more greens in regulation and fairways simply by using strategy – picking different aim points on the course to make your patterns have a better fit – offering statistically lower scores.If this approach is good enough for the best players in the world, it’s good enough for you.
If you want to take your game to the next level, I offer year-round instruction programs that help you simulate real course situations. These lessons begin on the range, aiming at specific targets and varying your clubs - hitting a PW, 7 iron and driver once to achieve target accuracy and then repeating the process. You never hit 50 X 7-irons in a row in the course, so why waste your time practicing like this. Instead put yourself under pressure and aim at specific targets using a points system to achieve your goals.
As you start taking lessons with Grant Griffiths, you will gain access to:
How to monitor your patterns and GAP your bag
How to use this information and build your on-course strategy
Improve mental performance through better thought process on the range
Level-based games to challenge you and create pressure, even if you practice alone
Games with rule-constraints to challenge certain playing skills
How to use random practice to scientifically improve learning and transference
Not only that, but you will also gain access to information on technique, TPI Fitness, strategy, training, skill acquisition, home based self-coaching, putting analysis and so much more.