Here are three ways to make the most of your practice time on the driving range, according to Westchester Golf Course PGA professional, Jim Razzeto:
1. Vary club selection and targets. Don’t hit the same club over and over again to the same target. Instead, imagine playing a hole on a golf course, from the tee shot to the approach and chipping onto an imaginary green. This strategy will help you build confidence to take your game to the course.
2. Slow down. Just like on the golf course, you should take your time, relax and don’t rush. As you vary club selection and targets, go through your routine between each shot.
3. Practice getting out of trouble by spending some time working on punch shots in order to recreate situations on the course where you’re blocked by trees. You have to learn to escape so you don’t turn a bogey into a double or triple. Practice with a long iron or hybrid with the lowest amount of loft.
Swing Sequence Fundamentals
From Los Verdes Country Club PGA Head Professional, Mike Buroza, here’s what you need to know to get your swing in gear.
1. It’s essential to have the proper grip, stance, posture and alignment before starting the swing.
2. Initiate the back swing with early shoulder and hip rotation. The club should travel relatively on plane to the top of the back swing, with a sequence of motion, where the arms are not going too fast relative to the body rotation.
3. Initiate the forward swing with the lower body, making a slight lateral shift to the front foot, which allows the club to drop on the proper swing path.
4. Once the initial weight shift has occurred, your hips should turn freely out of the way for an accelerating and free swing of the club head, allowing the whole motion to end up in balance on your left foot.