by Rea Schuessler, PGA Professional
How do I take my good shots on the range to the course?
This has always been one of the top mysteries in golf! You seem to hit it better on the range than on the golf course as a whole. The main reason as I see it is that the two are polar opposite unless you know how to use the driving range properly.
There are two ways to practice on the range. One is improving and maintain-ing fundamentals and swing mechanics and the other is practicing golf shots. All skill levels should be checking basic fundamentals and improving weaknesses as they are identified. The key to this is understanding how to do this properly and budgeting your time wisely. Ask your PGA Teaching Professional for advice and you will get the most out of this type of practice.
The other type is practicing golf shots on the range not golf swing. There is a big difference in the two. Most driving ranges are wide open and there is really no consequence other than possibly being upset with yourself if you hit a bad shot on the range. There are many ways to practice golf shots on the range and hopefully the following will help you take the range to the 1st tee!
Play 9 or 18 holes on the range. Pick your home course or any course that you would like and actually play each shot in order. This type of practice simulates what actually happens when you play. If you mis-hit a shot play the next shot as it would present itself.
Spend 15 to 30 minutes or say 30 to 60 balls never hitting the same club twice in a row. You don’t do it when you play so don’t do it on the range.
Stick an alignment rod about 20 – 30 feet in front of your ball and practice shaping shots with different clubs around both sides of the rod. This will help with your creativity on the golf course. Use your imagination and the more you simulate real golf course scenario’s on the range the higher the probability of playing better golf!
Rea Schuessler is the Lead Instructor of the Gulf Coast Golf Academy. He has been named “One of the Top Teachers in Alabama” by Golf Digest. Contact Rea at (251) 978-1625 or firstname.lastname@example.org.