I hear people all the time talking about “knocking out” a certain number of practice putts. They “got in” X number of throws out in the field. They are quite proud of being able to get in a practice round in under so many minutes.
First, I’m not here to knock anyone that is practicing in any capacity. If you actually dedicate time to practicing, you are already well ahead of 95% of the disc golfers out there. Please continue and don’t ever let someone like me stop you from doing that.
But here’s the thing. If you are going to spend the time practicing, why not get as much as possible out of it? Why not make every practice rep count?
If you are thrilled that you can get in 200 puts in 45 minutes, why not be thrilled that you instead did 100 quality practice putts that actually helped you play better in that same 45 minutes? It’s not like you get a tshirt or a trophy or something for getting to 200 do you? The only thing you can hope to get from practice is better, right?
This is one of the hidden keys to getting better through practice. The ability to mentally make every rep count. To be willing to take the time to step away from your spot, grab a putter, step back up to your spot, ready yourself just as you would in play, and then putt like that’s the only putt you are going to get from that spot. This is the process that goes into solid practice. This is, unfortunately, not what many of us actually do.
Next time you go out to practice, try to make a mental note to yourself. You aren’t after a certain number of reps. You aren’t after a certain time limit. You are simply after getting better. If you can keep this at the forefront of your mind, then you will have a much easier time of making sure every rep counts.
Special thanks to blog reader Brad Ahrens for suggesting this week’s topic. It’s great to have readers like Brad who give feedback and suggestions, I really appreciate it! If you have any comments or feedback, please let me know in the comment section below, or contact me here. I’d love to hear from each and every one of you!
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