Lots of throws. I mean A LOT of throws.
I have 5 sets - some of which are pretty beat up (which is why I got more) but I figure they are worth holding on to because you never know when you might need an extra set, right? Anyway, the batons are all in pretty good shape so I collected all 30 of them into a single bag, then I took 4 old kubbs and drilled holes down the center of them and drove 10" spikes through so I can stake them into the ground and toss at them without spending half my time standing them back up. Typical practice session is 10 rounds of 30, half at 8m and half at various distances in the field. I started this routine in mid-March with the goal of getting 10,000 throws in before Rockford, but between being sick for over a week and trying to get a bunch of home improvement projects done it seems that goal was a little ambitious. I'm on pace to hit somewhere close to 7,000...
It has made a HUGE difference. Over the past couple years I have been a 30%-35% 8m shooter - any time I hit in the 40's I was very happy. Recently I've been averaging in the mid 50's, and some nights significantly higher than that.
This style of practice is gaining me long game accuracy with a focus on being able to switch from 4 to 8 from one throw to the next, but I know that it's coming at the cost of my drilling. Last year my favorite way to practice was simply to play solitaire games. Practicing full games means you are seeing game situations, and probably seeing them about as often as you will in competition. What I focused on wasn't hit% as much as a) How quickly could I finish a game? (neither 'side' should throw more than 4 times) and b) How many games could I play in a row without leaving an advantage line? (best streak was 12 games).
Anyway the tradeoff is worth it for me this year as I won't be drilling at very many tournaments this year because primarily I'll be shooting batons 3-4. My job will be to clear the field to ensure Grant's throws are all at baselines, and when I get an opportunity myself I have to capitalize, so I've switched up my practice routine to align with my new position.