Spending time on the driving range is one of the quickest ways for golfers to improve their game. It gives you the opportunity to practice new shots or techniques before you try it out in an actual round. The more you practice these new techniques, the greater your confidence becomes and the larger your skill set grows, so that when you are playing competitively, you have a wide arsenal of shots to choose from.
When you do step onto the driving range, be sure to make your practice as close to a real round of golf as possible. Wear the shoes and glove that you would normally wear, and stretch and warm up in the same manner you do before playing. You should also take time to mentally prepare yourself for the shots you will be practicing, eliminating any distractions and getting in the zone.
As you being your practice, spend some time taking swings without hitting any balls. Let your body get into a rhythm and loosen up so that when you do begin to hit balls, you are making each shot count. When you are ready to start hitting, focus on one club at a time. This will give you the chance to have repetition that allows you to feel the right or wrong shots and to have steady practice without feeling rushed. It will also give you the chance to see how your different shots are affected by the different clubs you use.
You should always go to the driving range with a specific goal in mind. You may go once with your goal being to increase your power and distance on your shots, or perhaps you want to work on improving your aim. Whatever your goal for the day, be sure to spend the necessary time working on it. if you are working specifically on improving your distance, set mini-goals using the measurement markers to help you track your progress. You may spend time hitting as far as you can, but may also want to try to get your ball specific distances. Those measurement markers are there for your benefit and are great tools to utilize as you set goals. Perhaps you are working on your aim. Select specific targets rather than just hitting in a general direction. Even if you do not hit your target each time, it will help you to have more narrow goal.
Be careful not to get frustrated with one goal and move abruptly to the next. Devote the necessary time, even if it feels discouraging, in order to really see improvements. You may also want to spend some time working with your “problem” clubs, or those that seem to give you the most trouble. There will be days when those are the only clubs you take to the range so you can spend time practicing just with them. Take only those clubs if it is a temptation to move on from the problem clubs to the ones that you are better at hitting. On a day when your focus is on improving your shots with difficult clubs, do not spend time with your clubs that you are already good at using. That is a waste of time designated for a specific goal.
As you practice, try to keep your routine as authentic as possible. Set up your shots the way you would during a round, and do the things you would normally do between shots to create the environment that most closely mimics your actual golf game. One of the best things about spending time on the driving range is that there is no reason for you to rush or ever feel rushed. You can spend 30 minutes or four hours there; it is completely up to you. In addition, any time that you are on the driving range should not be rushed. No one is waiting on you and this is an important time for you to concentrate and focus on your goals, shots and improving your game.
Although your scores come down to a limited number of shots, the driving range is the optimal place to take as many shots as you need to ensure that you are able to hit the correct one when it really matters – during an actual game. Spending quality time on the driving range with specific goals and working on the individual aspects of your game are the keys to making big improvements. Not only will you increase your skills, but your confidence in your abilities and in your game will grow, making a significant difference in the scores you record in the future.