November Golf Tip
Have a reason and a purpose
One of the biggest mistakes that I see a lot of people do when they first arrive at the driving range is reach for their driver and try to bomb the ball 300 yards. Going to the driving range is one of the best ways to practice your game; however, you don't want to go to the driving range, take out your driver and start bombing away. You should work on honing your swing and work on developing your skills with different clubs. Developing a routine and having a purpose will help you with this.
The first thing you should always do at the range is stretch and loosen up. It can be as simple as grabbing a couple of clubs for weight and just swinging easily back and forth or going through a full Angel Jimenez routine. Either way you want to get the blood flowing and muscles warmed up before you decide to move some earth.
The next part of the routine I would recommend is grabbing a short iron, usually a wedge, and start off by taking half swings and work up slowly to a full swing. Don’t just randomly hit balls though, actually watch to see the ball flight, how far is each shot traveling, are you hitting it to your specified target, etc.
After this, it would depend on if you are going out to play or are at the range for practice. If you are heading out to play, I would recommend slowly working your way up through your clubs to the driver, focusing on pre-shot routine, alignment, ball flight, and distance. See what your tendencies are for the day and use that knowledge to your advantage out on the course. Finish off by using whatever club you will use on the first tee, giving yourself a positive feel and visual before you begin your round. If you are practicing, have a game plan. Are you working on alignment, shot shaping, distance control, long irons, short irons, woods? Whatever it is take your time while working on it, don’t just randomly hit balls, always go through your pre-shot routine, have a specific target and most of all, a purpose/reason for what you are doing. How you approach each shot on the course is how you should approach each shot at the range. This is also a great time to practice hitting some of the clubs you normally don’t hit and may feel a little uncomfortable hitting on the course. Try different shots and see what you are able to do whether it is hitting a fade, a hook, or a stinger. You never know when you may just need to pull one of these shots off out on the course.
Having a routine and purpose at the range before your round and during a practice session is not only one way to really get intimate with your swing but feeling more confident over each shot!
Yours in golf,
Head Golf Professional