Golf Practice Routine Schedule (Example Plan)

When I first started learning golf at age 16, I didn’t know many golf drills or how often I should practice. Nor did I have a golf schedule to follow. So I set out to self-discover and learn what it takes to be great at golf.

I decided I would spend as many hours at the golf course practicing as I could and hoped I would get better.

Now, years later, I’ve had time to run trial and error on different practice schedules, practice plans, and golf drills to learn what works at helping lower my scores quickly. I’ve been through it all from scoring 150 for 18 holes to scoring a 70 (-2) and winning a tournament.

This led me to create a training system where I shared my practice routines and schedule with you so that you can follow step by step practice plans that actually work. (Like this step by step practice system).

In this article today, I’ll be laying out a sample of the golf practice routine I would recommend following if I was starting all over again as a beginner to the game of golf.

This practice routine will work for all ages and skill levels so if you’re a high school or college golfer or an adult looking to get better for your club championship, this guide is for you.

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Example Golf Practice Schedule

Monday

Golf Swing – Driving Range Routine

1. Towel Drill – Set a ball on the ground and then set down a towel (laid out flat) behind the golf ball a few inches to give a little space. Spend today hitting a bucket of balls with your irons, working on contact. The clubhead should strike ball first, then turf. If you’re hitting behind the ball and chunking, then you’ll make contact with the towel that is laid out behind the ball. This gives you feedback your contact point is behind the ball. We want to work on better striking hitting the ball first, to help you stop chunks and be more consistent with your contact. Use an entire bucket of balls for this drill.

Steps:

  • Purchase a medium bucket of balls so you can get 50-60 swings in for this contact / striking drill.
  • Set the towel behind the ball a few inches so you can miss it on the down swing and strike ball first, avoiding the towel.
  • Record out of 50 how many times you hit the towel and would have hit a chunked golf shot as a result

2. Parallel Backswing Check – No range balls are used for this drill this will be dry practice swings only. Setup your phone to record your swing from a face on view (should see your chest and face). Make full speed practice swings with the goal to stop the backswing at about parallel to the ground. Check the video footage to see if you’re taking the golf club too far back and “dipping” beyond parallel in the backswing. Work on perfecting the backswing to stop at “parallel”.

Chipping – Short Game Practice (100 Reps)

Distance Control Drill – For this drill you’ll test your distance control with your wedge to see how consistent you are at chipping the ball to the hole from 5 distances.

Steps:

  • Use 5 golf balls for 20 sets to get 100 total reps for this drill.
  • Pick a location on the fringe of a practice green to drop your 5 balls onto the ground and this spot is where you’ll chip from.
  • Measure off 5 distances and mark each distance with a tee at 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 feet out on the putting green.
  • Starting with the first tee at 10 feet away on the green, chip your 5 balls to it and record how many get within 1 club length (3 feet) of the tee. Repeat this for 4 total sets of 5 (20 reps)
  • Move on to tee #2 at 20 feet away and complete 20 reps recording how many get within 1 club length of the tee.
  • Repeat this for all 5 tees so you work on distances from 10 feet to 50 feet, 20 reps at each distance for a total of 100 reps.

Putting – Short Game Practice (100 Reps)

3 Feet Practice Drill – Find a hole to putt to on the practice green and mark off a 3 foot putt using a ball marker or tee. Today we’ll test your skills from 3 feet.

Steps:

  • Hit 100 putts total, so 20 putts from 5 different locations around the hole so you move in a circle around the hole.
  • Record how many makes you have out of 20 at each spot and indicate if it was a flat, left break, or right break putt.
  • Total up your makes out of 100 and analyze which spots you struggled the most (right break, left break, downhill, uphill)

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Tuesday

Golf Swing – Driving Range Practice (50 Reps)

1. Towel Drill (10 Reps) – Repeat the towel drill from Day 1 to continue working on building your contact / ball striking consistency with irons. Set down a towel behind the ball and work on hitting ball first, avoiding chunking behind the ball and hitting the towel. 10 reps.

2. Parallel Backswing Check (10 Reps) – Continuing from Day 1, let’s do another 10 reps of the parallel backswing drill, but today hit live balls with your driver. Tee it up and rip it, but check the video footage to see if you’re stopping the club shaft at parallel to the ground or before. Over extending the backswing past parallel (dipping) can cause inconsistent golf shots. Think “SHORTER” backswing for more control!

3. Tee It High, Tee It Low (20 Reps) – This drill will show you the difference in ball flight of your driver when you adjust the tee height of the golf ball. Hit 10 balls with the ball tee’d up pretty tall and you should see these drives launching higher into the sky, adding distance. Then tee it up lower than normal and hit 10 balls with the driver. You should notice the launch is a lot lower as the ball is tee’d lower. This will be beneficial on windy days when you want to hit the drive lower to fight the wind.

4. Wedges at 50%, 75%, and 100% (10 Reps) – for the remaining reps, work on hitting the same wedge 3 distances by making what feels like a 50% swing power, then a 75% swing, and finally a full 100% swing. Try to track how far these 3 swing powers are going consistently to learn your wedge distances. When you face this distance on the course you’ll know which power level to swing with.

Chipping – Short Game Practice (50 Reps)

1. Distance Control (20 Reps) – Get warmed up by picking a nearby hole to chip to and hit 20 chips from the fringe to this hole, with the goal of getting the ball inside 3 feet or less. Track how many out of 20. Aim for 60%.

2. 3 Clubs Challenge (30 Reps) – Let’s grab your chipping wedge and then pick two more clubs to chip with like another wedge and maybe your 9-iron. Pick a hole far away from you to chip to (30+ feet away). Hit 5 chips with your normal wedge to this hole and study how the ball flies, lands, and rolls. Remove the 2 closest and 2 farthest balls leaving the middle ball. Mark it’s location with a ball marker. Now repeat this drill with your next chipping club and mark the middle (3rd closest) ball’s location from the hole. Finally, repeat again with your last chipping club (9-iron). Once done, compare the 3 different ball markers which are marking the median distance you were from the hole with each of your 3 clubs. Which club did the best at chipping closer to this far distance hole? Repeat this drill one more time and see if the results are similar. You may find which club is your best chipping club.

Putting – Short Game Practice (100 Reps)

3ft, 5ft, 7ft Practice Drill – Find a hole to putt to on the practice green and mark off a 3 foot putt using a ball marker or tee. Then take two steps back and mark 5 feet, then two more steps back and mark 7 feet.

Steps:

  • Hit 25 putts total (5 sets of 5) at each distance. But break them up so hit 5 putts at 3 feet, then 5 putts at 5 feet and 5 putts at 7 feet. Do this 5 times total so you rotate through and hit 75 putts
  • Record how many makes you had at each distance. Aim for at least 80% at 3 feet, 50% at 5 feet, and 20% at 7 feet.
  • If you’re below those percentages, repeat the drill to get bonus practice reps in and improve your putting further.

Wednesday

Golf Swing – Driving Range Practice (50 Reps)

1. Tempo Drill (20 Reps) – Today let’s focus on tempo to show you how important it is with accuracy and consistency in the golf swing. Take 5 normal swings, focusing on your “normal” tempo you’re used to swinging with. Then take 5 more swings increasing your tempo, trying to swing “harder” and analyze how well you hit the ball. Then take 5 swings with normal tempo again and end off with 5 swings at a slower tempo. Which tempo felt most comfortable and which had the best results of hitting the ball accurately? Find a tempo that feels best and work on perfecting it so you use the same tempo consistently every swing.

2. Towel Drill (10 Reps) – Repeat the towel drill from Day 1 to continue working on building your contact / ball striking consistency with irons. Set down a towel behind the ball and work on hitting ball first, avoiding chunking behind the ball and hitting the towel. 10 reps.

3. Parallel Backswing Check (10 Reps) – Continuing from Day 1, let’s do another 10 reps of the parallel backswing drill, but today hit live balls with your driver. Tee it up and rip it, but check the video footage to see if you’re stopping the club shaft at parallel to the ground or before. Over extending the backswing past parallel (dipping) can cause inconsistent golf shots. Think “SHORTER” backswing for more control!

4. Wedges (10 Reps) – Spend remaining balls working on your 100 yard wedge shot. Use alignment sticks so you’re aimed properly at the 100 yard target on the driving range. Focus on tempo and smooth swings.

Chipping – Short Game Practice (50 Reps)

1. Distance Control (20 Reps) – Get warmed up by picking a middle hole (20-30 feet away) to chip to and hit 20 chips from the rough to this hole, with the goal of getting the ball inside 3 feet or less. Track how many out of 20. Aim for above 50% success rate.

2. Bump and Run (30 Reps) – The bump and run is a low flight chip shot that hits the green sooner and rolls most of the way to the hole. Practice hitting bump and run chip shots to various holes on the practice green for a total of 30 reps. Use a less lofted club to get more roll like your Pitching wedge or a 52 to 54 degree wedge.

3. Up & Down Drill – The up and down drill requires you to hit a chip shot to a hole of choice trying to get as close as possible. Then grab your putter and go try to make the putt so you finish in just two strokes total, 1 for the chip and 1 for the putt. Perform this drill until you successfully convert 5 up & downs.

Putting – Short Game Practice (100+ Reps)

1. 4ft Warm Ups (20 Reps) – Find a hole and measure a 4 foot putt on both sides of it so you have two different putts that have opposite breaks (right to left break and then a left to right break). Hit 10 putts from each side for a total of 20 putts. Track how many made putts.

2. 25ft Two Putts (20 Reps) – Find a hole and measure a 25 foot putt to mark with a tee. Drop 5 balls and hit 4 sets of 5 putts (20 reps) from this distance to the hole. Since you’re 25 feet away you won’t likely make any but the goal is to “lag” the ball within a putter length (3ft) or less of the hole. Track how many putts out of 20 get within 3 feet of the hole.

3. 3ft Putts (50 Makes) – Finish practice by working on 3 foot putts so you can get really good from this distance when you chip or lag putt the ball to 3 feet and need to sink this putt to finish the up & down.

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Thursday

Golf Swing – Driving Range Practice (80 Reps)

1. Simple Driving Range Routine (50 Reps) – Here’s a basic structure for how to practice at the range with a bucket of range balls once you’re on your own and done with this program.

Steps:

Align to Target – I like to use alignment sticks or clubs laying on the ground to align myself to my intended target so I know my alignment is accurate.

  • First 10 Balls – work through short clubs like your wedges
  • Next 10 Balls – work on mid irons (6, 7, 8, 9 irons)
  • Next 10 Balls – work on long irons (hybrids, 4 iron, 5 irons)
  • Next 10 Balls – work on Driver
  • Last 10 Balls – choose what else needs more tuning (driver? wedges?)

2. Towel Drill (20 Reps) – Repeat the towel drill but work on dry reps without a golf ball. Instead set a tee down in the ground and try to strike the tee as if it’s the golf ball (think par 3 when you tee iron shots). Focus on hitting the tee out of the ground but missing the towel (no chunks).

3. Parallel Backswing Check (10 Reps) – Continuing from Day 1, let’s do another 10 reps of the parallel backswing drill without using golf balls. Make full swings. Check the video footage to see if you’re stopping the club shaft at parallel to the ground or before. Over extending the backswing past parallel (dipping) can cause inconsistent golf shots. Think “SHORTER” backswing for more control!

Chipping – Short Game Practice (50 Reps)

1. Distance Control (30 Reps) – Get warmed up by picking a short hole (20 feet or less from you), a middle hole (20-30 feet away), and a far hole (40+ feet) to chip to and hit 30 chips from the rough to these 3 holes (10 per hole), with the goal of getting the ball inside 3 feet or less. Track how many out of 30. Aim for above 50% success rate.

2. Up & Down Drill Around the World (18 Reps) – Randomize this game by picking a new chipping location in the rough and a new hole on the green to chip to for each rep. Attempt 18 different up and down situations around the practice green and record how many “Pars” you would have made if you successfully complete the up & down. Aim for 50% or better so 9 pars or better out of 18 holes played for this game. If you fail to get 50%, repeat the drill 1 more time for extra practice.

Putting – Short Game Practice (100+ Reps)

1. 5ft Warm Ups (20 Reps) – Find a hole and measure a 5 foot putt on both sides of it so you have two different putts that have opposite breaks (right to left break and then a left to right break). Hit 10 putts from each side for a total of 20 putts. Track how many made putts.

2. 35ft Two Putts (20 Reps) – Find a hole and measure a 35 foot putt to mark with a tee. Drop 5 balls and hit 4 sets of 5 putts (20 reps) from this distance to the hole. Since you’re 35 feet away you won’t likely make any but the goal is to “lag” the ball within a putter length (3ft) or less of the hole. Track how many putts out of 20 get within 3 feet of the hole.

3. 3ft Putts (50 Makes) – Finish practice by working on 3 foot putts so you can get really good from this distance when you chip or lag putt the ball to 3 feet and need to sink this putt to finish the up & down.

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Friday

Golf Swing – Driving Range Practice (80 Reps)

1. Scoring Clubs Drill (50 Reps) – For this drill let’s master your ability to hit greens from 80 yards to 130 yards. You need to be money from this distance and convert pars frequently. When you go out and play rounds of golf, track how many shots you had from 80-130 yards and how many greens you hit successfully / pars were made.

Find the different driving range targets / greens that are between

80-130 yards away and hit a total of 50 shots to them, switching clubs and targets often to mix it up like during a golf round.

Track how many greens were hit out of 50 today to beat this score in the future when you do this drill again. Aim for 50% or better to start. Over time push that percentage higher to 60% then 70%.

2. Towel Drill (15 Reps) – Repeat the towel drill but work on dry reps without a golf ball. Instead set a tee down in the ground and try to strike the tee as if it’s the golf ball (think par 3 when you tee iron shots). Focus on hitting the tee out of the ground but missing the towel (no chunks).

3. Parallel Backswing Check (15 Reps) – Continuing from Day 1, let’s do another 15 reps of the parallel backswing drill without using golf balls. Make full swings. Check the video footage to see if you’re stopping the club shaft at parallel to the ground or before. Over extending the backswing past parallel (dipping) can cause inconsistent golf shots. Think “SHORTER” backswing for more control!

Chipping – Short Game Practice (50 Reps)

1. Distance Control (30 Reps) – Get warmed up by picking a short hole (20 feet or less from you), a middle hole (20-30 feet away), and a far hole (40+ feet) to chip to and hit 30 chips from the rough to these 3 holes (10 per hole), with the goal of getting the ball inside 3 feet or less. Track how many out of 30. Aim for above 50% success rate.

2. Bump & Runs (20 Reps) – Find a far away hole and get a feel for hitting bump and runs from the rough to this hole with different wedges. Alternate between your normal chipping club and a lower lofted club like a 50 degree wedge or pitching wedge. Get a feel for which club feels more comfortable hitting bump and runs and is more consistent getting the ball to finish close to the hole.

Putting – Short Game Practice (100+ Reps)

1. Ladder Drill (50 Makes) – The ladder drill involves marking putts from 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 feet in a straight line back from the hole. Each distance is like a step on the ladder and you’ll move back to the next step when you pass the level. For this drill, you have to make 10 putts at each distance on the ladder to move on. So make 10 putts from 3 feet, then move back to 4 feet and make 10, and so on until you’ve made 50 putts from the 5 distances combined.

2. 3ft Putts (20 Makes) – Finish practice by working on 3 foot putts so you can get really good from this distance when you chip or lag putt the ball to 3 feet and need to sink this putt to finish the up & down. Make 20 putts at 3 feet, working on different sides of the hole to mix it up rather than stay in the same spot for all 20.

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Saturday

Golf Swing – Driving Range Practice (80 Reps)

1. Draws & Fades (50 Reps) – For this drill you’ll want to do some homework and watch some videos online about how to hit a fade and how to hit a draw if you’re unfamiliar with the swing technique.

Start off first by taking 10 balls and working on hitting draws with your woods (3 wood or hybrid). Then try 10 more draws with an iron like your 6 iron or 5 iron.

Next, move on to hitting fades with your woods / hybrids for 10 reps and then switch to irons and hit 10 more fades.

Lastly, hit 10 shots with your driver, switching from fades to draws.

2. Tempo Drill (35 Reps) – Work on making practice swings without a ball and feel the swing as you take each rep. Pay attention to the feel of the tempo. Adjust your tempo after a few swings, working on increasing tempo as well as decreasing tempo so you can gather feel for how every swing is based on the tempo you choose to deploy during that rep. Sometimes counting in your head or using the Metronome App can give you a rhythm to swing to and help you build your tempo

3. Towel Drill (15 Reps) – Repeat the towel drill but work on dry reps without a golf ball. Instead set a tee down in the ground and try to strike the tee as if it’s the golf ball (think par 3 when you tee iron shots). Focus on hitting the tee out of the ground but missing the towel (no chunks).

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Chipping – Short Game Practice (50+ Reps)

1. Chip-it-in Drill (30 Reps) – Let’s have some fun and work on chipping the ball into the cup. Find a nearby hole not too far away from your location you’re chipping from in the rough. You can also start on the fringe and move back to the rough halfway through this drill. Hit 30 chips (sets of 5 balls) and see how many you can chip in to this close by hole (15 feet or less from you).

2. Up & Down Drill Around the World (18 Reps) – Randomize this game by picking a new chipping location in the rough and a new hole on the green to chip to for each rep. Attempt 18 different up and down situations around the practice green and record how many “Pars” you would have made if you successfully complete the up & down. Aim for 50% or better so 9 pars or better out of 18 holes played for this game. If you fail to get 50%, repeat the drill 1 more time for extra practice.

Putting – Short Game Practice (30+ Reps)

1. One Handed Putts (20 Reps) Let’s build control today over the putter by working on making putting strokes one handed. Do some practice strokes without any golf balls to get a feel for the stroke with one hand. Then setup from 4 feet away from a hole and hit 10 one handed putts with each hand for a total of 20 putts.

2. Long Two Putts from 45 Feet – Next, let’s build your consistency at two putting from farther away and avoiding 3 putts. Measure off 45 feet from a hole to mark with a tee. Try to get 10 two-putts in a row, using only one golf ball. Hit the putt close to the hole, then finish the putt making it into the hole on the second putt. Repeat this 10 times successfully in a row for a 10 streak without 3 putting.

Sunday

Golf Swing – Driving Range Practice (50+ Reps)

1. Trajectory / Flight Drill (30 Reps) – Wouldn’t you love to hit high and low shots on command? For this drill let’s practice hitting different trajectories (heights) by adjusting our setup.

Start by hitting 5 normal shots with your 7 iron to warm up. Then move the ball slightly more forward in the stance and hit additional shots, continuing to move the ball a little bit more forward each time.

Analyze how this affects the ball flight. Are you seeing higher shots?

Next move the ball back to normal again and start working back, moving the ball farther and farther back in your stance for each shot. Are you noticing the ball flight starting to come down and flight lower?

2. Wedge Practice (20 Reps) – Set aside 20 balls in sets of 5, so 4 groups of 5 balls, and work on hitting between two different distance targets on the range. Hit 5 balls to one distance target, then switch targets and hit the next 5 balls. This alternating helps you get a feel for different distances and the power needed so you can dial in your wedge distances from 50-100 yards by changing power back and forth.

3. Towel Drill (15 Reps) – Repeat the towel drill but work on dry reps without a golf ball. Instead set a tee down in the ground and try to strike the tee as if it’s the golf ball (think par 3 when you tee iron shots). Focus on hitting the tee out of the ground but missing the towel (no chunks).

Chipping – Short Game Practice (50+ Reps)

1. Land It on the Towel Drill – Let’s test your distance control with your wedge. Can you land the ball on a towel by hitting the correct carry distance? Start by laying a golf towel flat on the green about 15 feet away from you. Hit chip shots trying to land the ball on the towel on the fly. Who cares where the ball rolls after, we just want to hit the landing spot. Once you hit the towel 5 times, move the distance to 25 feet and hit it 5 more times at this longer distance.

2. Up & Down Drill Around the World (18 Reps) – Randomize this game by picking a new chipping location in the rough and a new hole on the green to chip to for each rep. Attempt 18 different up and down situations around the practice green and record how many “Pars” you would have made if you successfully complete the up & down. Aim for 50% or better so 9 pars or better out of 18 holes played for this game. If you fail to get 50%, repeat the drill 1 more time for extra practice.

Putting – Short Game Practice (30+ Reps)

1. Around the World (Circle Drill) Measure off a 5 foot putt from 5 different angles around a hole to form a circle of tees around the hole. Set a golf ball at each tee, 5 balls total. Now move around the circle trying to make all 5 putts in a row to complete the drill. Restart each time you miss a putt. After 30 minutes, move on if you haven’t passed.

2. Long Two Putts from 25, 35, and 45 Feet – Work on making successful two-putts by moving back and forth between these 3 distances. Mark off 25 feet, 35 feet, and 45 feet with tees and set a ball at each tee. Try to make all 3 of these two-putts in a row, successfully. Start by two putting from 25 feet and if successful, move to the 35 foot putt next, then the 45 foot putt last. You can also work backwards starting at 45 feet and working in to 35 feet and then 25 feet last.

Resource: Golf Plan to Help You Break 80 for 18 Holes

Things to Consider When Creating a Golf Practice Schedule

#1: Golf Practice Frequency

How often should you practice your golf game? Do you really need to be at the course 7 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. 5 days on and two days off is the best practice schedule for seeing gains.

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 (Quality)

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.

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