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Golf Academy
August 17, 2017

100 Swings A Day
By Chris Foley

Throughout this golf season, in each issue of Tee Times we have presented a practice plan, drill, or game that is designed to help you create a great practice situation and help you practice for performance. The goal was to create optimal practice situations.

With the golf season coming to an end for most of us, we are going to take a different direction this month. The winter in the Midwest gives us the opportunity to make swing changes without the pressure of playing. When you don't have to compete or play it is much easier to fully commit to making swing changes and making your golf swing more efficient.

It is also a great time to leap over the other players who are not working on their games over the winter. You can come into the spring golf season ready for peak performance and you don't have to waste time in the spring trying to find your game.

Here are some ways to get the most out of this winter.

Commit to a series of lessons. Find a PGA pro who will assess your current game and develop a plan for the winter. A series of lessons will allow you to make changes with your pro and work on these changes in between lessons.

Go through a physical assessment. The winter is a great time to work on your strength, balance and flexibility. An assessment with a TPI (www.mytpi.com) trained practitioner will let you know where your deficiencies are. The practitioner will develop a workout program that will benefit your game.

Make 100 practice swings a day. There are multiple benefits to this, but putting a club in your hands everyday and making practice swings will make a big impact on any swing changes you are making.

Hit balls in a dome, simulator, or net. If you have never played in a simulator or haven't had an opportunity in a couple of years, you will be amazed at how realistic the new simulators are. Play some of the courses on the PGA TOUR or a "bucket list" course.

Practice your putting. Working on your putting stroke and distance control can pay major dividends come springtime. There are some great putting mats available that have the speed and feel of a real putting green.

Utilizing the winter to work on your golf game and make 2016 your best golf season yet!

I welcome your feedback and questions. Please contact me at cfoley@ChrisFoleyGolf.com, 218-820-9426. Follow me on Twitter @ChrisFoleyGolf and look for more great practice tips on #PracticeForPerformance Thursdays.

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