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By Jeanette Lee
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February: Be Your Best
February 2012
Q. How can I improve my consistency? I would be a happy camper if I could consistently play within 80 percent of my best.
Rick Albin; Lanesville, Ind.

A. I think we would all be happy if we could consistently play within 80 percent of our best! I believe consistency comes from consistently practicing at a very high level. Both in terms of improving mentally and physically, if you want to be excellent, you need to practice exceptionally hard. I also think every professional player would recommend spending a lot of time developing your fundamentals. The most consistent players are fundamentally sound and have great habits in their practice regimen. It's one thing to pay lip service to your fundamentals. It's quite another to spend a lot of time drilling your solid pre-shot routine, working on fully focusing on each and every shot, and keeping your mind focused on staying in the present. When you get time to practice, take one specific fundamental and really - I mean really - work on it. If you see improvement, you'll only be that much more motivated to keep going!