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Hey there, fellow golf enthusiasts! Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned player, practice is key to improving your golf skills. But beware, even the most dedicated golfers can fall victim to common mistakes that hinder progress. Fear not! Our Pros at Airway Hills have come up with what they believe are the top five most common practice mistakes and have provided you with tips and tricks to avoid them. So grab your clubs, hit the range, and tackle these challenges head-on!


Swinging without a Purpose

One of the most common mistakes golfers make is mindlessly swinging without a purpose. Every practice session should have a specific goal in mind, whether it’s improving your driving accuracy or mastering your short game. Before hitting the range, identify the aspect of your game you want to focus on, and practice accountability by mentioning it to our Pros when you are checking in! By setting clear objectives and holding yourself accountable, you’ll maximize the effectiveness of your practice sessions and see faster improvement.

Neglecting the short game

“Drive for show, putt for dough.” – Bobby Locke

Don’t fall into the trap of solely practicing your long shots. Many golfers neglect their short game, leading to missed opportunities on the course. Putting, chipping, and pitching are vital skills that can significantly impact your score. Dedicate entire practice sessions to these areas, honing your technique and building confidence. Remember, a strong short game can save you strokes and turn bogeys into pars, or even birdies!

failing to track progress

Without tracking your progress, it’s difficult to gauge improvement and identify areas that need attention. Keep a practice journal or use a golf app to record your performance, noting the areas you worked on, your scores, and any insights or observations. Regularly review your records to track your progress, celebrate milestones, and make informed adjustments to your practice routine. This way, you’ll have a clear roadmap to success.

Need help tracking your progress? Our simulators can give feedback on your distances, swing speed, and shot shape. Reserve some sim time and our staff would be happy to show you how this tool can help you!


ignoring mental preparation

 Golf is not just a physical game; it’s a mental one too. Many golfers make the mistake of neglecting mental preparation during practice. 

“Visualize each shot as you’d like to see it. Take your time with set up. Take a deep breath to relax and then commit to the shot.” – Trent Goetze, Airway Hills Head Pro

Remember, a strong mental game can be a game-changer, helping you stay calm, focused, and confident on the course. As Jack Nicklaus said, “Golf is 90% mental and 10% skill.”

overlooking physical fitness

Physical fitness plays a crucial role in improving your golf game. Neglecting fitness training can lead to inconsistent swings, lack of power, and increased risk of injury. Incorporate exercises that target flexibility, core strength, and rotational power into your routine. Strengthening these areas will improve your swing mechanics, enhance stability, and increase your overall performance on the course.

There you have it,

the five most common practice mistakes and tips from our Pros and how to avoid them.

If you are looking for some more insights and individual training, our Pros are here for you! Take lessons and get personalized tips and tricks to unlock your full potential and take your golf game to new heights!