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Golf practice routine – 1 hour a week
  • Keep your basics in order – grip, alignment & posture.
  • Learn to control your ball flight with longer clubs.
  • Practice some putting and chipping.

Are you looking for an example golf practice schedule to follow as a template?

Or maybe you’re looking for validation of how often you should be practicing golf each week to improve your game and make your high school varsity team or college team.

No worries, we’ve heard it all before.

Often through our email community, we get high school golfers seeking a practice schedule to follow to help them improve as well as college golfers who want to make the tournament roster and travel with the team.

There are many different reasons someone could be seeking a golf practice schedule template but let’s give our two cents today that maybe will help you or open your mind to something you hadn’t thought about before.

#1: Golf Practice Frequency

How often should you practice your golf game? Do you really need to be at the course 6 days a week to see big improvements?

From personal experience dropping 50 strokes off my golf score and becoming a scratch golfer, you should aim to practice your golf game at least 3 days per week. Once per week may be good enough but in most cases you’ll just maintain.

To keep moving forward towards that next level, you need lots of repetition and this takes many weeks of consistent effort.

If you practice more than 3 days, you can certainly make faster gains but it can also hurt you if done improperly. This leads us to point #2.

#2: Every Practice Needs to Have Purpose

Someone who builds a golf practice schedule that has them at the course 6 or 7 days per week doesn’t necessarily gain the advantage over someone else following a golf schedule of 2 or 3 days per week.

You’ll only get better if your golf practices are high quality repetitions.

For those wanting to build a 6 day golf practice schedule, I would recommend splitting your days up to keep yourself fresh and avoiding burnout. If you do the same practice routines and drills every day all 6 days, you will get bored.

Example Golf Practice Schedule (6 Days Per Week)

Here is a sample practice schedule:
Day 1 (Monday) – Hit 200 Putts from 3 feet to 8 feet. You decide how to break them up for each distance.
Day 2 (Tuesday) – Hit 300 Chips from the rough and 100 chips from the fringe. Vary the distances to the holes so you practice chipping to close, middle, and far away holes like you’d face on the course different holes.
Day 3 (Wednesday) – Hit 100 balls at the driving range from short irons on up to driver. Work on shot shaping and adjusting trajectory (high and low shots)
Day 4 (Thursday) – Hit 30 range balls, 100 putts, 100 chips
Day 5 (Friday) – Take the day off
Day 6 (Saturday) – 200 Putts, 150 Chips, 100 Pitches/Bunker, 30-50 Range Balls
Day 7 (Sunday) – Spend all day on lag putting building speed control from far away on the greens

The thing I learned as a high school athlete playing basketball and golf is that it takes lots of repetition to get good.

You’ll notice how I made the example practice schedule above have things like “200 putts” and “100 chips” You need to decide how to break down these reps to fit your game’s needs. If you struggle with long chip shots aka pitch shots, then focus most of the reps there for awhile until you improve. Then move to a new area of chipping like the flop shot.

Why so many reps? Does it really matter?


In high school, I would should 800 jump shots a day in the gym. Usually I could get 400 in the morning before school started and then another 400 after school. I became one of the best shooters on the team.

I applied this same mindset and strategy to my golf game when I started playing it for the first time at age 16.

I knew if I would putt 200-400 times per day and chip 200-400 times per day for several months, I could quickly become great at golf and catch up to those who had been playing for many years.

And this is exactly what happened. I dropped my score from 120+ as a 16 year old rookie to low 70’s by age 17 a year later. But it wasn’t until my senior year when I was 18 that I was consistently shooting low 70’s enough to bring my handicap to scratch.

This was also the time I won a few junior tournaments with under par scores against kids who were going to play golf in college at a high level.

Overall the key takeaways today when you start building your golf practice schedule:
Having a schedule is important to keep you on task and it gives you structure to follow so you can practice with purpose and not random uncontrolled practice.
Make sure you treat it like Michael Jordan treated basketball. Get 200-300 putts per day and 200-300 chips per day if you’re trying to get better fast
If you’re a casual weekend golfer, load up on the repetitions in just a few days work on the weekend
Mix up your practice routines if you’re going to go everyday so you don’t burnout and get bored
Allow some flexibility in your golf practice schedule template. It will keep it more fun and not feel like a job.
If golf practice starts feeling like a job and your dragging your feet about going and putting in the work, then you need to re adjust your practice schedule and routine. Everyday you should be excited to practice and have that inner drive that leaves no question about “should I go today or not?”

Lower Your Golf Score 5 Strokes

Before you go check out these practice plans to follow with proven drills and routines to improve your short game and golf swing.

We recommend you start with the break 90 plan to get the basics and upgrade later to the harder plans (break 80, break 70) or try the short game plan with chipping and putting challenge levels to pass.
How to Break 70 Golf Training Plan
How to Break 80 Golf Training Plan
How to Break 90 Golf Training Plan
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Short Game Practice Plan for Chipping & Putting
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To set up Hugo’s range challenge pick two targets on the range, or in the distance, that are 20-yards apart. This is your target zone – don’t worry about distance control during this game, your focus is on reducing your lateral error.

Begin with the shortest club in your bag (a wedge of some sort) and aim to land the ball within your target zone. If you land it within your target zone, move onto your next shortest club in your bag (a pitching-wedge), next a 9-iron… Follow this process until you finish the game with your driver. If you miss the target zone (left or right), repeat with the same club until you are successful.

14 clubs (minus your putter) means 13 stages to complete. Measure how many clubs you can get through with your 40 balls. A little tip – this game starts really simple, but just wait until you get to your long-irons and woods.

This first task should take up around 40 minutes of your golf practice routine.

Once you have completed your swift range session there are two more essential areas to cover within your hour practice routine. Golf putting and chipping. These practices can be fitted into another two 10-minute slots.

Golf practice technique power range low to high


Credit UK golf coach Danny Maude 

The driver swing is so much easier when you follow a simple system. Many of Danny Maude's students have the same questions you have: How do you hit driver straight? How do I hit driver consistently?

How to hit driver further? More importantly how can I do all this without having to think of too many things over the golf ball. You see over the years the golf swing has been chopped up and dissected into so many pieces it can sometime feel like it will take forever to learn. But don't believe that. This is the old school way.

 The new school way is to learn your swing. We are all built differently, different shapes and sizes, different levels of strength and flexibility. Should we all swing it the same way? Take a look at the the hottest golfers in the world right now. Dustin Johnson, Mathew Wolff, Victor Hofland. 

They have chosen to adopt the new school way. They have chosen to find a golf swing that works for them rather than fit into a model that someone has designed. In this weeks golf lesson I give you an amazing golf drill that will truly help you hit driver straight, hit driver further and hit driver consistently.

The Driver Swing is so much easier when you know this

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Golf Swing Basics Hitting Your Driver


Hitting up ward Place a tee 5 cm infront of ball on tee - swing should be upward and miss front tee

refer hacks 

golf ball box
box 1 club grip in front, driver swing is upward on ball, whereas Irons are downward

visual driving a nail thru the ball at desired angle to target - note target (if intending to slice or draw is not straight but left or right)

hitting downward:  place a towel 2 cms behind the ball and swing, no contact with towel and divot should be after the ball


with Danny Maude

Improve your backswing and downswing by feeling how to rotate correctly. Its not what you think! In this weeks Video Danny Maude reveals one of the biggest mistakes golfers make when they try to turn/rotate in the golf swing. Learn how this mistake kills your distance and effects your overall accuracy of both your irons and your driver. The easy swing drill reveals how golfers can naturally move their bodies to create ball first contact and much straighter drives.

added 07/06/2021

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More in related topics in sections Swing Path 


Golf putting is similar to your long game. You need an effective 10 minute practice routine one evening to keep your grip, posture and alignment in place. I suggest you create your own version of this putting drill to play at home (having it at home gives you no excuses to complete it). Or you can mock up something similar on your golf club’s putting green. You can read the full article on this great golf putting drill here.

The key point of a drill like this it two fold:

It keeps your basics in order.
If you keep a score (I used to count how many putts I hit my target in a row), it will build your putting confidence in very little time.

never 3 putt again 


Lastly up in your hour practice routine is chipping. The following drill can be adapted to almost any chipping or putting green. It can also be completed in 5-10 minutes before or after your round each week.

Use it to work on the key shots that you face during a round. Or if your chipping is already a strength, focus on a shot you wish to improve. If you can complete 20 shots each week you will be amazed how quickly your chipping will improve.

There you have it. A one hour golf practice routine that will help you improve your golf. Just follow these simple steps each week and remember to track your scores.

Below is a summary for your to screenshot. Click on it to expand the image or download it as a pdf.

Golf practice routine – One hour screenshot

An example golf practice routine for playing once with one hour a week practice.
Golf practice routine – 3 hours a week

If you have three hours a week to dedicate to a golf practice routine then lucky you! Here is how I suggest you spend your time.

Use the steps outlined for the one hour golf practice plan, then bolt on the following two areas.
One extra hour practicing a key weakness.
One hour of practice inside 120-yards.

Once your basics are in place the two points above represent the next easy wins for lowering your golf scores.
Golf practice routine – Finding your weakness

You may already know the one weakness you wish to spend more time on, but if not I’ve got a quick, handy table below to help you decide. If you want to really dive into this areas click this link to check out the full article where this table first appeared. However, below we have the key image to find what areas you should work on within your practice routine.

Start at the top left of the box and work right until you find a box that matches your current performance. This is your key weakness. For example, if you have greater than 36 putts, this is your first area to work on in your practice routine. If you pass this threshold (have less than 36 putts a round) move one box right. If you have an up and down percentage less than 30%, this is your weakness .. you carry on this process until you find the category you currently match.

On the right hand side you have a mini-strokes gained. Roughly speaking each areas that you improve will save you 1 – 2 shots on your score average. Not perfect, but a nice way to link basic stats to your handicap and progress.

Once you have your weakness, grab a skills game that best matches your need from the list below:
Long game, iron and wedge drills
Pitching and chipping practice
Putting drills
Golf practice routine – Putting and short game

Along with the chipping and putting skills game listed above, I would add in a game or two of Par 18 (featured below). This is a brilliant game for realistic short game practice that transfers to the golf course. Try playing it against a friend for a little side-bet to really make it realistic.

Below is a an example three-hour weekly practice routine. Click on the image below if you wish to expand it and take a screenshot. In the plan below I’ve added the short game hour after your weekly round. You’ll already be at the golf club so hopefully this minimises any time constraints.

Golf practice routine – Three hours screenshot

An example golf practice routine for playing once with three hours a week practice.
Golf practice routine – 6 hours a week

If you fit into this box then I’m jealous. Interestingly, the more time you give a golfer to practice, the less efficient they become. I find this is a common problem with pros who have lost their way and are stuck on the mini tours.

The key with a 6-hour practice routine is to have clear goals and ways of tracking your progress each week. Otherwise how do you know you’re getting better each week?

Before you begin structuring your 6-hour practice routine have a read of this article titled: real reason golfers don’t get better. It will hopefully give you a clear insight – increased practice volume is useless without good planning, thinking and reflection over every golf shot you hit.
Setting practice goals for your routine

Ensure you keep on top of your basics (setup and alignment) as covered in the one hour routine, and pick your key weaknesses from the three hour practice routine section. On top of this give yourself three clear goals every month to structure your practice around. An example might be:

Improve putting from 10-20 feet.
Maintain and refine long game technique.
Improve fairways hit in regulation.

Once you have your goals you can begin to devise a practice routine that targets these areas. For each area of your game you may have a technical aspect to work on, but also ensure you have a weekly skills game in place to track your progress. Visit the articles below to grab some skills games:

It then becomes a game of planning each week, completing the practice and learning, then refining what you do next week. Below is a screenshot of a document I use with my pros to track their practice stats. I have this as a free download at the end of this article.

Within this one document you can plan your practice each week, with a second tab to track your scores for skills games. It is very simple, but allows you to track your practice stats over time.

How to track your routine, with stats and graphs.

This shows one of my pro’s golf skill game scores over the off-season 2017-2018.
Golf practice routine – Six hours screenshot

A golf practice routine for players who have 6 hours

Here is an overview of the six hour golf practice routine. The days and timings are just ideas. Note the little extra time I suggest you dedicate to putting fundamentals (10 ~ 20 minutes)

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Erika Larkin walks you through five basics that will help your swing regardless of your skill level.

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