A huge part of golf commonly neglected by non-professional golfers is the driving range. Whether it’s a golfer new to the sport or one coming off a lengthy hiatus, there tends to be an incredible eagerness to tee off for 18 holes of action rather than get the most out of a driving range practice session. However, what’s lost in the rush of getting away from the driving range is that you can practice hitting balls several times without feeling the immense pressure of having a low scorecard. But that’s just one of the many benefits that comes along with taking advantage of the driving range. Here are some tips that could lend you a hand the next time you decide to visit the driving range.
Stretch to Loosen Your Muscles
Before settling in on the driving range action, get those muscles loosened up by stretching. How many times have we grimaced in pain during a swing because of a tweak to the back? By stretching key muscles that are needed to play effective golf (the back, arms, and legs) you significantly reduce the risk of injury when you swing your clubs. There are a lot of different type of stretches and proper warm-ups that can be found and implemented on the blog of Hansen Fitness For Golf.
Work Those Golf Clubs
Now its time for the fun part, the swinging! Grab your 9-iron and aim to hit a dozen shots. Extra attention should be paid to your feet and where they are placed during your swing. Also pay attention to your follow-through. After you have completed your 9-iron session, grab your woods and follow the same approach. This time, record how far you hit the ball with each club from high to low. You can get a rough estimate based on the yardage markers placed at the driving range. These are typically spread out every 50 to 100 yards. Repeat this process with your driver so you can examine how well you hit the balls.
Short Game Practice
Now that you’ve completed working with your clubs for distance, ready for some real golf? Not so fast, my friends. Don’t forget about your short game. In the short game area, focus on hitting balls out of the sand and onto the practice green with your wedge 10-12 times. Repeat the same process with putting. Repetition in this area of your game is essential to your success as a golfer. Typically, the PGA Tour golfers who have their short games fine-tuned, win the tournaments.
If you’re ready to evolve into that golfer you want to become, make the driving range part of your strategy, if it isn’t already. The range is absent of the pressure that comes with competing golf, and it’s a place where you can measure how you’re hitting balls. Will you use some of these tips during your next visit to the driving range? Remember you practice how you play!