Make Practice Fun.
As I look back on my junior golfer days, no one thing stands out more to me that made me a better player than access to a chipping and putting green. I would spend hours practicing on my short game and had fun the whole time by inventing contests to challenge myself and my friends while I practiced..
Little Par 3’s: My friend and I would find difficult chip shots around a chipping green and play them as par 3’s and keep score.
10 and Done: Before golf tournaments, I would finish my practice sessions with having to hole out 10 shots on the practice chipping area before I would allow myself to go home. Needless to say, it took some time to complete, but my short game ALWAYS kept me competitive in golf tournaments.
7-up: This is a game you play with a friend or friends on the practice putting green. With one ball, you get a point for closest to the hole and 2 points for making the putt. Take turns choosing difficult or easy putts. First one to 7 wins!
Around the World and Back: On most putting greens there are several holes to putt at. Take three balls and play to each hole from the prior one then back through the opposite direction on the green. My focus was to make aggressive putt for aces with no 3 putts.
The young golfers in Gaylord have many chipping and putting greens to choose from. Most are free to use provided that you go into the pro-shop and request permission first. Make sure that when you practice these games, that you are not chipping onto a putting only green and you are not disturbing other golfers practicing as well.