How many times have you done a short game in a practice session with a crushed confidence when you go out of the course? It also had happened to me, and I have several students cry that happens to them.
So I chose to dig further and discover the reason behind why a few students have a difficult time giving confidence from the short-game area to the golf course.
The answer lies in how they practice.
The most glaring error I see with the players is when they are working on the short game, they stop themselves in one spot and hit the same shot again and again.
For every shot you hit, attempt to simulate different shots and lies that you may experience on the golf course. It’s enticing to give yourself a perfect lie every time, except maintain a strategic distance from the temptation and test yourself.
There are two common types of practice. The technique training, where you focus on the mechanics of your swing. The simulation training, where you only try to practice while you play. But most players do technique training mode.
I do recommend spending at least fifty percent of your practice time with simulation round. When doing the practice on your short game, it means hitting from a random location on the golf course.
Try to set a score for yourself and record your progress. Find someone who can your a partner to create some competition. It will help you experience how would you feel on the course.
Analyze your lie and choose a touchdown area. Make practice swings to know the distance and then shot. Work on this every time, and you will have more confidence on the course.
My last recommendation is to do an experiment using different situations and clubs. Almost all players do this, but they only make it throughout the process of a round. Use practice time a test, and you will come up with some confidence and “go-to shots.”