How Often Should Amateur Golfers Practice?

by Steve | Last Updated: 12 August 2021

Do you ever wonder how often an amateur golfer should practice?

Well, the answer is different for everyone.

Some people can improve their game with a few rounds of golf each month, while others may need to hit the course every day or two to keep on top of their skills.

It all depends on your skill level and what you want out of the game.

If you’re just playing for fun then no worries, you’re good to go.

But if you play a little more seriously then Competition Golf sometimes comes with a bit of pressure.

You want to play well and you don’t want your friends or family members making fun of you when they see the scores on the board at your next match up so practicing is as important as playing in order for not only being better but feeling more confident!

As we all know the golf swing is a complex motion.

And every golfer has their own technique which they develop over time.

And even the best golfers in the world have something to learn from other golfers, because one golfer may excel at certain things while another excels at different skills.

Golfers often have to figure out where they are on the spectrum of how much practice is too much or not enough.

Many golf instructors recommend that amateur golfers practice and play every day or two, but it’s really up to you what schedule will work for you.

Again it’s about what you want to get out of the game.

Some people do better with more frequent practice sessions while others need to space out their rounds of golf so they don’t get bored or get ‘golfed out’ too quickly.

Golfers need to be conscious of how much practice they’re doing, but the rule in general is that if your game starts declining then you might want to scale back on playing all the time and dedicate some time to practising to help keep your skills sharp.

The important thing is that you’re practising often enough that your game doesn’t stagnate and you always are improving your skills!

The real secret to improvement is regular practice, but making sure you are practising the right things in the right way and getting the feedback of others, preferably a Professional Instructor or golfer of a higher skill than yourself.

Driving Range Or Putting Green

Golf is one of the hardest sports to master because there are just so many parts to deal with.

In the modern game, it’s not uncommon for the professionals to hit their drivers off the first tee and send the ball some 350 yards away.

For the average club golfer getting the ball off the tee and moving in a straight forward motion is a pretty good result.

Hitting the fairway is considered excellent and going over 200 yards is considered by some to be the best shot of their lives.

Now, of course, there are plenty of amateur golfers who can hit their tee shots over 300 yards and straight and hit the fairway.  Congratulations if you are one of these golfers.

Now let me ask you a question, what do the Professional who has hit the golf ball 350 yards, the amateur who has sent their ball 300 yards away and the golfer who is so happy to have hit a drive 200 yards onto the fairway, have in common?

I’ll let you think on that a second. 

Here’s another question – Which club do you use the most in an average round of golf?

While you think about that one, let me answer the first question.

What they all have in common, irrespective of the distance or indeed accuracy of their tee shot – is they have all hit one shot.

Onto the second question – which club do you use the most when you play golf.  Maybe a 7-iron, perhaps your pitching wedge.

Actually, it is your putter.

Here’s a quick thought, if you were to two-putt every green you would take 36 putts.  Do you think you would hit driver 36 times in a round?  or your 7-iron or pitching wedge.

The reason I mention this is because most golfers overlook the simple fact that they use their putter the most. 

It’s not really surprising though, because when you go to practice, golfers will nearly always say they practice at the ‘Driving Range’ not many will say I’m off to the putting green.

Here’s a final question to leave you with, if you became really good with your driver or really good with your putter, which of the two would help you consistently shoot lower scores?

Happy Golfing – Steve

Steve King, the founder of Fore King Golf, started playing golf at the tender age of 29, after years spent playing many other sports and getting dodgy knees. Although late to the game, Steve soon fell in love with the sport and found himself, like many others, addicted to the pursuit of improvement and playing better. He is currently a member of The Kendleshire Golf Club & Hercules Golf Society, as well as running several competitions for Fore King Golf