Trying to improve your swing? When practicing, you’ll get better more quickly if you vary your routine and work on several skills at once.
Practice does make perfect — with one very big caveat. Doing repetitive drills, in which you practice the same skill over and over again, can keep you from improving quickly. According to a study in Nature Neuroscience, it’s better to practice several skills at once. Mixing it up challenges your brain more, so that the brain has to recruit more neurons to process the information. This leads to a more deeply engrained memory of the skill. If you practice the same movement over and over again, your brain doesn’t have to process it as deeply. That’s why it’s better to include several skills within a practice session.