Sir Shapes-a-Lot epitomizes randomized practice by combining elements of the Shot Sculpting and Launch Code drills. The only condition of this drill is that you do not hit any one shot type with consecutive balls. Every shot has to be different either by shape, club, or target. The point of this drill is to get creative, enjoy your motion, and to develop a memory of abstract shots in order to be prepared for any situation that may arise unexpectedly during a round.
Here’s a quick story about the origins of the idea behind this drill…
I, Kehli Bowen (Director of Golf), was caddying for a student years ago at the US Amateur at Cherry Hills CC in Denver, CO. We were well prepared for the event due to our work during practice rounds and carried a lot of confidence into the stroke play portion of the tournament. Unfortunately, we got off to a rough start due to a combination of poor weather and my playing trying to guide the ball into play on Cherry Hills narrow, tree-lined fairways. As a result, he missed a good number of fairways and greens. During the second round he made golf swings freely and without any sense of trying to guide the ball. As a result, he made 7 or 8 birdies in the first 11 holes. Fast forward to TPC Sawgrass and I watched the same player start a ball over the water in order to draw it back to a middle-right hole location on the island green of #17. The reason he felt so confident in playing such a shot and his ability to score at will is that most of his practice sessions were more along the lines of this Sir Shapes-a-Lot exercies than they were of a block schedule or overly repetitive practice model.
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