When you complete your golf training session how will you know how you did? Will you measure how many shots you hit within the allocated time line? Or possibly, whether you achieved your score goals in the session?
These are important parts of a golf training session to evaluate, but I believe there’s one that’s even more important.
"The amount of quality training you completed within the allocated training period."
When you divide the segment time into the overall time it gives you a value of how much work was performed within the overall training period. I have witnessed many elite golfers who quite frankly waste their time on the practice ground, and have very little to show for it by the end of a practice session.
In the training session example above, Ben was on the driving range and short game area for three hours and thirteen minutes and he completed two hundred and fifty strokes.
Fifty percent of these strokes were training his short game skills, and fifty percent was training his long game skills.
His segment time for the three hours and thirteen minutes was one hundred and thirty nine minutes, and between his sets he spent about fifty minutes over the three hours not hitting golf shots.
If you divide Ben’s 139 minutes of segment time into 193 minutes total time, you can gain a measure of the percentage of the quality of his training time, it would look like this; 139 ÷ 193 x 100 = 72 %.
In my opinion this is an excellent training session because it suggests that Ben went about his work without the common distractions I witness on the golf range that dramatically reduces the effectiveness of it.
Ben’s result is two percent above what we call the golden standard (70%) for the qualitative and quantitative measure of your golf training session.
Something to think about next time you go to the practice fairway to work on your game.
Lawrie Montague and David Milne - Pro Tour Golf College
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