The amount of practice you put into your golf game will determine how successful you are in the future. But you must practice properly and efficiently in order to improve.
Francesca from Denton Golf Club in Manchester puts great emphasis on the stages you should go through in order to get the most out of each practice session you complete.
Francesca competes in the Rose Ladies Series and many other professional competitions up and down the country, so she has put in hours and hours of hard work and dedication into her game.
It is very easy to go to the driving range and just take out the big stick and start swinging as hard as possible. But this is the worst thing that you could possibly do.
Francesca advises that to begin your practice session, take one of your most lofted wedges out and just hit some pitches down the range.
In this way, you are warming up your swing and developing a relationship with the clubface and the golf ball. Your hands will feel comfortable on the club as you settle into your practice.
Once you have developed a rhythm to your swing, you can then move up the bag through the low to mid irons. This is the structure of each of Francesca's practice sessions.
The image on the left shows Francesca hitting short iron shots at the beginning of her session. The right-hand picture shows that she is now loose and ready to start opening up with the driver.
It is important to warm up in this way to avoid injury too. If you immediately pull out the driver and start swiping away, your body may be too stiff to cope with this.
Practice is about feeling comfortable and improving and to do this, begin with short wedge shots and move through the bag.
The relationship between your hands and your clubs is arguably the most important part of your swing. This relationship can be developed with the short wedge shots at the start of your day.