golf practice routine

What’s a Good Golf Practice Routine?

Example Golf Practice Schedule (6 Days Per Week)

If you want to get better at golf, it’s smart to build a schedule and stick to that practice routine as much as you can. Sure, we all get busy and can’t be at the golf course every day but if you can get there frequently and put in consistent practice time, then you’ll see results much faster.

My name is Nick Foy, I coach students over at Foy Golf Academy how to lower their golf scores inside my complete golf practice system.

Here is a sample practice schedule:

  • Day 1 (Monday) – Hit 200 Putts from 3 feet to 8 feet. You decide how to break them up for each distance.
  • Day 2 (Tuesday) – Hit 300 Chips from the rough and 100 chips from the fringe. Vary the distances to the holes so you practice chipping to close, middle, and far away holes like you’d face on the course different holes.
  • Day 3 (Wednesday) – Hit 100 balls at the driving range from short irons on up to driver. Work on shot shaping and adjusting trajectory (high and low shots)
  • Day 4 (Thursday) – Hit 30 range balls, 100 putts, 100 chips
  • Day 5 (Friday) – Take the day off
  • Day 6 (Saturday) – 200 Putts, 150 Chips, 100 Pitches/Bunker, 30-50 Range Balls
  • Day 7 (Sunday) – Spend all day on lag putting building speed control from far away on the greens

The thing I learned as a high school athlete playing basketball and golf is that it takes lots of repetition to get good.

You’ll notice how I made the example practice schedule above have things like “200 putts” and “100 chips” You need to decide how to break down these reps to fit your game’s needs. If you struggle with long chip shots aka pitch shots, then focus most of the reps there for awhile until you improve. Then move to a new area of chipping like the flop shot.

Why so many reps? Does it really matter?


In high school, I would should 800 jump shots a day in the gym. Usually I could get 400 in the morning before school started and then another 400 after school. I became one of the best shooters on the team.

I applied this same mindset and strategy to my golf game when I started playing it for the first time at age 16.

I knew if I would putt 200-400 times per day and chip 200-400 times per day for several months, I could quickly become great at golf and catch up to those who had been playing for many years.

And this is exactly what happened. I dropped my score from 120+ as a 16 year old rookie to low 70’s by age 17 a year later. But it wasn’t until my senior year when I was 18 that I was consistently shooting low 70’s enough to bring my handicap to scratch.

This was also the time I won a few junior tournaments with under par scores against kids who were going to play golf in college at a high level.

Overall the key takeaways today when you start building your golf practice schedule:

  1. Having a schedule is important to keep you on task and it gives you structure to follow so you can practice with purpose and not random uncontrolled practice.
  2. Make sure you treat it like Michael Jordan treated basketball. Get 200-300 putts per day and 200-300 chips per day if you’re trying to get better fast
  3. If you’re a casual weekend golfer, load up on the repetitions in just a few days work on the weekend
  4. Mix up your practice routines if you’re going to go everyday so you don’t burnout and get bored
  5. Allow some flexibility in your golf practice schedule template. It will keep it more fun and not feel like a job.
  6. If golf practice starts feeling like a job and your dragging your feet about going and putting in the work, then you need to re adjust your practice schedule and routine. Everyday you should be excited to practice and have that inner drive that leaves no question about “should I go today or not?”

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