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CameronBurechails2016 270I have always enjoyed gardening and have had a vegetable garden since I was a kid. I learned at an early age that in order to 'reap the harvest' you had to continuously 'nurture what you grow'.

Your golf game is similar to growing a successful garden. You get exactly out of both what you put into it.

To improve your game this season, you need to do a couple of important things. First you need to make sure that you have the right balance between play and practise. One round of golf for each round of practise is a good place to start.

Next, take notes about each round when you play. To lower your scores, you need to understand where you are giving away strokes. With every hole, keep track of the number of fairways you hit, the number of greens hit in regulation, total putts, as well as how many birdies, pars, bogies and double bogies you make each round.

Some golfers can make the correct adjustments when they practise, while others need another 'set of eyes'. The next time you are working on your game at the range, either bring a friend who understands your swing or have a trained professional look at your swing to help you make adjustments.

The next time you play, have a game plan. Look at the stats that you posted last time out and raise the bar.

You sometimes need to be patient with yourself. One practise round might simply not be enough to correct your swing. A second trip back to the range might be all you need to have your swing 'blossom'.

Summer is finally here and it is about time to post some good scores. There is nothing better than the feeling of accomplishment you get after working hard on your game. That same sense of pride that you get when your friends and neighbours tell you how beautiful your yard and garden looks!

Cameron Burechails (Teaching Professional), The Georgian Bay Golf Academy at Meaford Golf Club, 705-441-0865, baygolfacademy@bell.net, or www.baygolfacademy.com.

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