Theoretically, if you have a sound technique and a repeatable consistent swing, the golf ball is almost irrelevant.
It is simply in the way of your swing. Many golfers have the feeling that their practice swings are more fluent and better in general.
The thing is in terms of tempo and rhythm, that is usually true.
Today you will be hitting the fewest balls you ever hit during a practice session. First you focus on the shot you want to accomplish and imagine the outcome.
Then you do a lot of practice swings without a ball (15 to 20 at least).
Focus on your technique and correct any quirks you are noticing.
Then you put down a ball and do one more practice swing and let the ball get in the way.
I really want you to imagine the ball not being there at all. Focus on your swing and technique fully and see what happens.
The first few tries you will not be able to do this.
But if you keep the routine of 10 to 20 practice swings and hitting a ball with the last practice swing, you will eventually get the hang of it.
At first it might even seem cumbersome or boring to do so many practice swings, but I encourage you to stick with it.
Only if you do this as described, you will reap the rewards.
What you will learn from this exercise is to focus more on your swing and the feeling you get instead of the ball and the outcome. That means you will focus more on the things you have a direct influence on.
The ball flight just tells you what you did before, but you cannot influence the ball any more after it has left the clubface.
The really good golfers always know and feel where their clubface is throughout their swing. So you want to develop a feel for it, too.
- Work on any parts of your game you like (shots, chipping etc.).
- Hit as few balls as possible.
- Do at least 15 to 20 practice swings before each shot.