A day in the life of women’s golf

Not familiar with competitive high school golf? Here’s a step-by-step breakdown from senior Grace Cappelle describing what the girls’ team does on the course.

Phase 1:

After school, the girls’ golfers get together and head to Pine Meadow Golf Course. Once they arrive they head straight to the practice range.

Phase 2: 

After they get down to the ranges, their coach brings them range balls. They normally begin with lower clubs just to get warmed up, so they will hit a couple of wedges and then work there way up to irons and hybrids. They then proceed to hit off their driver many times.

Phase 3:

The golfers will begin to focus on technique, making sure that they are doing everything correctly. If it’s done wrong, they correct it immediately. Often if one of the golfers feels like what they are doing is wrong, they will have a teammate record her so she can watch it to see what she needs to do differently. 

Phase 4: 

Later on, the coach will walk around and help the team with anything he feels needs to be fixed. So after they finish hitting their drivers,  they go back to the irons and wedges, or the ones that are most often used on the course. 

Phase 5: 

As they conclude on the range, the team will use their clubs in the same order as they would use them on the actual course. Many golfers try to envision the home course as they do this because it helps them to know where they will need to hit when it gets to the real deal. 

Phase 6:

At the end of their practice, when it gets tricky, they face the putting green. They begin with three to five-foot putts just to warm up, and then they get into much more complicated putts, such as 10 and 20 feet. They also focus on a lot of lag putting, or long putting; this way, they are prepared for anything that can happen when they are on the actual course.