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High School Golf Practice Plan for Individuals and Teams

Welcome, welcome, welcome. This is an exciting post to write because I was just in your shoes 4 years ago and my brother just recently left high school golf to go play college golf and work on his PGA Teaching Certification.


I’ve got a simple high school golf practice plan for golf teams to follow below but feel free to customize it accordingly to suit your individual or team needs, including time limitations for practice. I’m assuming you’re either a current high school golfer or a high school golf coach reading today.

If you’re a high school golfer, remember that you only get 4 years to play high school golf so make the most of it! It will go fast and it will be a lot of fun along the way. Work hard and try your best to incorporate this high school golf practice plan into your training routine!

My Sample High School Golf Practice Plan

As mentioned, I played high school golf a few years back and made some great strides. I started playing golf in high school for the first time at age 16, my sophomore year and by senior year I was winning local tournaments with under par scores. Rapid improvement for a beginner.

So what was my high school golf practice plan?

To be honest, it evolved over time as I learned what worked and what didn’t. I wasted a lot of time in trial and error which was a blessing in disguise as I look back. I was most productive on weekends when I practiced on my own outside of mandatory team practices.


Most high school golf coaches let their players practice with free will but other times they just send them out to play 9 holes with their teammates most days of the week. This makes it tough to focus on your improvement when you’re out playing 9 holes and having a blast with friends.

If you’re a high school golf coach, I understand, it’s tough to find a practice plan for your players to follow that keeps them engaged and improving while still having fun.

Resources: We put together an eBook for High School Golf Coaches that I recommend checking out here. Or you can buy one of our advanced 12 week practice plans to give your players to follow in the summer months when they are practicing golf on their own outside of school season.

Short Game: Putting Practice Plan (45 minutes)

As of today, here is an example high school golf practice routine that is challenging for high school golfers to complete but will develop the important skills you need to succeed in matches and tournaments.

To start off, you need to establish a strong golf short game. This is vital to your success. If you don’t take the short game seriously, then you’re only making golf harder on yourself than it has to be.

Start off every high school golf practice doing the following:

  1. Drill 1 – Warm up by sinking 25 putts from 3 feet (lay down your putter to mark off 3 feet)
  2. Drill 2 – Set up 5 balls in a circle around the hole from 4 feet away and make all 5 putts in a row. If you miss, replace the 5 balls to their respective spots around the hole and try again
  3. Drill 3 – Attempt 25 putts from 6 feet away that has a left to right break in it and record your makes. Beat this score each day you come back for practice.
  4. Drill 4 – Repeat step 3 but from the opposite side of the hole so that it has right to left break in the putt. Try to beat your total makes score each time you come to practice. A score of 15 out of 25 or higher is pretty good!

Once you’ve worked on your putting skills from 6 feet and closer, it’s time to head back to about 30 feet from the hole and build your lag putting skills. This will help you reduce three putts during your round of golf, saving you a few strokes.

Believe it or not, your high school team could win a lot more golf matches if the whole team cut down on their three putts. Retweet (:

If you consider that each golfer on the team probably three putts at least one hole per round, that’s 5-10 strokes your team is losing to 3 putts! How many high school golf matches have you lost by a few strokes?

Resource: 2 Hour Practice Routine for Short Game Improvement

golf short game practice drills

Lag Putting Warm Up

Measure off 30 feet, 40 feet, 50 feet, and 60 feet from the hole and mark with tees. Then set down a couple golf balls by each tee and stroke lag putts trying to get every putt within 3 feet before moving back to the next tee.

The Ladder Drill:

In the previous drill, you moved back level by level. In this drill you will restart from the beginning if you mess up so it adds some pressure on you to complete all levels successfully in a row.

Start off by lag putting one golf ball to within three feet from 30 feet away, then move back to 40 feet and get it within 3 feet as well. Repeat this until you can get all 4 putts in a row within the 3 foot radius around the hole from 30 feet, 40 feet, 50 feet, and 60 feet.

Then go back down the ladder. Successfully lag putt from 60ft, then 50ft, then 40ft, and finish the 8th successful lag putt in a row from 30ft where you started the ladder drill.

Grab my golf skills assessment challenge and see how good your golf skills are in different areas of the game: Driving, Iron Play, Chipping, Putting, etc.

Short Game: Chipping Practice Plan (45 min)

The above putting drills should run you about 45 minutes, maybe faster or maybe longer depending on your skill level. The first few days it will take longer until you get the routine down.

After you complete the short putting drills and lag putting drills, you should move on to chipping drills. The goal now is to work on chipping the ball close so you have a short putt left to save your par or bogey. And thanks to the above drills we’ve worked on your short putting so you’ll be ready to complete the up and down, 1-2 punch!

Up & Down Skills Challenge

Using just one golf ball, move around the green dropping the ball in the rough at 10 different places and chipping it to the same hole every time. With every chip, the goal of course is to get it within a few feet of the hole to count it as one point. Try to get 8, 9, or 10 points out of 10 to pass this drill successfully.

If you can successfully get up and down 80-100% of the time on the practice greens, this will translate to a high percentage on the golf course as well (usually 40%-50%).

Now let’s do some math to show you the importance of working hard at your high school golf practice to improve your up and down skills.

Case Study

Let’s say you play a 9 hole golf match against another school. You typically only hit 3 greens in regulation which means you have 6 holes where you find yourself chipping and needing to get up and down to save your par. If you successfully get up and down 50% of the time, this would equate to 3 of your 6 holes.

You hit 3 greens and par them. You missed 6 greens but still made par 3 out of 6. In total you had 6 pars and 3 bogies which would be a 39 on a par 36 course. Not a bad score for a high school golfer!

Range Session to Improve Green in Regulations (30 min)

The next step to improve during your high school golf practice would be hitting more greens in regulation. If you only hit 3 out of 9, you’re putting stress on your short game 6 holes out of 9.

Make sure to end practice with a focused range session that includes picking a target and simulating as if you’re trying to hit the green in regulation. Don’t just mindlessly hit golf balls out into the driving range.

Picture yourself hitting the fairway off the tee before each driving range practice shot. Now step up to your driving range ball and picture the green out on the driving range as an opportunity to hit a green in regulation.

Overall, this wraps up an example 2 hour practice routine for you to try out during your high school golf practice. To recap the key lessons here:

  • Make sure your high school golf practice plan includes short putting to start off and warm you up. This will help you avoid missing short putts during your high school golf match, costing you wasted strokes.
  • The next phase of your high school golf practice plan should include lag putting drills which will help you cut down your 3 putting and save you more strokes. Get your whole team to shave down strokes from 3 putting and you’ll win a few extra matches this season!
  • Then move on to chipping and work on placing yourself in the mindset of getting up and down at a high percentage rate. Pro golfers are magical around the greens and seem to get themselves out of trouble at a high percentage of the time when they miss a green in regulation
  • Lastly, end your high school golf practice with a range session working on your irons that you usually use to hit your approach shots. Picture yourself being in the fairway, staring down the green with 100% intention of hitting it, and leaving yourself a birdie putt or two putt par.

Thanks for reading my sample high school golf practice plan today. Again, feel free to customize it as you desire.

It’s tough to fit a lot of drills in a short two hour window, so instead focus on the most important areas of the game of golf as described above to see the best results.

Once you master these short game fundamentals, then you can start working on other areas like tee shots and attacking pins vs playing it safe.

High School Golf Coaches:

Best Resource: Grab our golf practice plans and distribute copies to your team.

We’ve got a deal where you can get all 3 plans (breaking 70, breaking 80, and breaking 90) for the normal price of 2. Then distribute copies to players based on handicap and skill level.

The breaking 70 golf practice plan is geared towards team members who score around 80 or below consistently and are trying to get to par golf. The breaking 80 practice plan is geared toward those shooting in the mid 80’s to high 80’s on your golf team. Lastly, the breaking 90 practice plan is for beginners and high school golfers with high golf scores who need to learn the fundamentals and build basic skills.

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If you have any questions, reach out to me via email

Related Article: 10 Tips for High School Golfers

Related eBook: How to Coach High School Golf

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