How Frequent Should I Practice Golf
Wondering how often you should practice golf to improve your skills? What frequency do golfers practice that score par or better? These are questions I also had when I first started playing golf at age 16 during my sophomore year of high school.
After a few years of experimenting, I learned that being a successful golfer who scores low takes a lot of hard work. Below I share my typical practice routine and weekly schedule as well as practice frequency to give you an example golf practice template for getting to par golf.
But maybe you have different goals than just scoring par. Maybe your goal is to first break 100 in golf and then you’ve got your eyes set on taking down 90.
Therefore, I’ll try to share my thoughts and experience on different golfing goals you set.
Golf Practice Frequency Guide
The typical frequency golfers practice with is once or twice a month. And it’s not really true golf practice.
Instead, most golfers get some range practice as well as putting and chipping prior to heading out to the course for 9 or 18 holes. These weekend golf outings with friends are more for having fun and not actually practicing golf to get better long term.
Those who start taking the game more serious will dedicate specific practice days where you show up and use the driving range and putting/chipping green to solely work on practice drills.
This golf practice frequency should be 3-4 times per week minimum if you want to make strides forward at a rapid pace and see quick improvement in your golf game.
Someone getting in 5,000 reps per week putting, chipping, and hitting balls will see much faster improvement than someone getting in only 500 reps.
This is why I designed practice plans that have you dedicate 18-24 hours per week at the golf course. Each day is about 4-6 hours to complete the 500+ reps and you practice 3-4 days during the week following the step by step plans.
I followed this same structure of practice and it’s what helped me achieve par golf scores within a few years of learning the sport.
2 years may seem like a long time, but if you put in the work the time will pass by before you know it and you’ll have skill to last you the rest of your life.
For example, I no longer practice golf as frequently but I can still score around par when I play thanks to the skills developed from frequent golf practice for a few years in high school. It’s stuck with me, thanks to muscle memory.
Most won’t have the dedication or work ethic to keep up with 3-4 days per week of 3-4 hours each day of practice, but if you try that practice frequency the results will be worth it.
However, golf can also be practiced less frequently and you can still improve. Start small and build up, for example, practice one day per week on the weekend for 3-4 hours.
- Spend 1 hour hitting balls
- Spend 1 hour putting drills
- Spend 1 hour chipping drills
- Spend 1 hour pitching, chipping, putting to simulate pressure situations
Once you get good at practicing once per week, find a second day you can make it to the golf course. If you can’t make it to the golf course more than once or twice a week, you also have the option of practicing golf at home.
I created this indoor golf practice plan for that very purpose to help golfers have some structure and know what golf drills they can easily do inside their home or backyard.
Overall, that’s my opinion on golf practice frequency. I recommend multiple days a week so you get at least 10+ hours per week, aim for 20 hours a week if you want to get to par golf.
Golf Practice Plans:
Try our step by step golf training plans that give you daily practice routines to complete. Each practice routine has putting drills, chipping drills, and golf swing drills for the driving range. Learn more about each.