The Most Fun Way to Practice


The Missing Link – Fun

A research phenomenon labeled “cooperative learning and peer teaching” has provided some very valuable information into how we can improve, and I’m now sharing to all you golfers.  While many practice strategies are becoming more popular, this one is very easy to understand, and even simpler to implement.  Best of all, you’ve probably used it before and didn’t even know it.

This Lesson Is For You If:

You get bored during practice

You’ve hit a rut with your practice routines

You’re not seeing improvements in your game


The Fun Way is the Right Way

Tell me if this sounds familiar: you’re practicing and for some reason time just seemed to get away from you.  You felt like you had only been practicing for a short period of time, but in actual fact, you’ve been out there playing a game with your buddies for hours.  For all those hours you were trying to figure out how to hit certain shots better, trying to win the game, or imagining yourself winning a Claret Jug.  There is something about this type of practice that is much more fulfilling, and connects with people on a different level compared to other types of practice.  The uncontrollable factors that the other players possess make it addictive.  Whether it is your friends or the random people you meet at the practice ground that you end up competing against, it just grabs you, and time seems to disappear.

There is now abundant evidence that participation by students accomplishes more learning than presentations by their golf instructors. Cooperative learning procedures – small groups of people working together on a common problem – have been shown to enhance later performancePeer teaching – when students participate in the teaching process – shows the same beneficial results.  Teaching means retrieving knowledge from memory, which makes the retrieval of that information easier in the future.  Golfers teaching their friends about a particular shot enhance their ability to do it again in the future.

Do yourself a favor the next time you head to the practice ground: go with a few friends or make some new ones when you are there.  Work together and compete against each other.  Your learning will be enhanced, and your performance will improve.

Matthew Cooke
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