Nathalie Filleris in her third season at Philadelphia
Cricket Club as a teaching professional. She spends
the winter months at Old Palm Golf Club in Palm
Beach Gardens, Fla. Nathalie’s teaching has been influenced by her time spent with mentors Martin Hall,
Justin Sheehan and Suzy Whaley.
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The practice goal? Make your routines as much like
what will actually transpire on the golf course. This
is the quickest and most efficient way to see results
transfer to the course.
In order to do so, you’ll need to make use of both
random and block practice. Block practice is essentially hitting the same shot repeatedly. Random
practice is reacting to different targets, never hitting the same shot twice. Random practice most
resembles what we do on the golf course.
With only one hour to spare, here’s the best way for
you to practice:
1. Five minutes of stretching and/or doing an active warmup. This may include squats, lunges or
2. 15-20 minutes. Set up a station with five balls
on either side of an alignment stick. On one side,
you will work on a drill for your swing. On the
other side, you will test your skill. Hit five balls
working on mechanics, then pick five different
targets to hit another five shots. Go through
your routine and score each ball 1-5. Go through
this routine with whichever clubs you’d like to
prioritize. It’s essential to test yourself by hitting
to varied targets so that you can transfer your
hard work to the golf course faster.
3. 20 minutes of putting. The most important
putts to practice are three-to-four footers, birdie
putts ( 10-20 feet) and 30-plus foot putts. Spend
five minutes on a three-foot straight putt in
order to work on making sure the ball is starting where you are aiming. Spend five minutes
working on four-footers by making a circle of
eight golf balls around the hole, and having the
goal be to make all eight putts in a row. With
whatever time is left, grab one golf ball, move
around the green and work on birdie and longer
putts. Pretend like you are on the course giving
yourself just one chance at each putt and finish
out all putts.
4. 15-20 minutes of chipping and pitching. Pick
three clubs and make your way around the
green. Force yourself to hit the same shots with
each club. Learning how to use an 8-iron and
a sand wedge from the same location will aid
you in gaining touch and feel around the green,
eventually leading to lower scores.
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A professional’s practice routine