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Driving Range Tips You Can’t Practice Without

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Driving Range Tips: #1

There is a simple thing I would like you to do with an alignment rod that will help.

First, set the alignment rod down, aiming it slightly left of the target (this will change based on the shot shape you are trying to hit). Then, pretend you are on the golf course.

Second, I would like you to step in and address the ball, put the club down, look at the target, and shift your body and stance until you feel you are aimed correctly.

Once you feel like you’re aimed correctly look down and make sure your feet are parallel to the alignment rode.

If you are on the golf course you don’t have the luxury of an alignment rod. It is important to practice as if there is not one there and just use it to verify you are aimed correctly.

Don’t step into the shot, align your feet to the alignment rod and then look at your target. Remember – we are only using the alignment rod to check to see if we have aimed correctly.

Now, if you step into the shot and line up and your feet, and they are not parallel to the alignment rod when you look down, you need to step away and try it again.

The overall goal is to practice the correct feeling for good alignment with the alignment rod, so that when you’re on the golf course, you’ll be familiar with how good alignment feels.

Driving Range Tips: #2

The other important thing I would like to share with you is the difference between blocked practice and random practice.

First, let me tell you about blocked practice.

Blocked practice should be used when changing a certain part of your swing or when trying to learn a new movement. This would be when you have a large bucket of balls and you hit all of them to the exact same target with the exact same club. You aren’t really working on your routine or doing much visualization.

Instead, you are trying to get a feel for the new swing and get comfortable with it.

Once the new move feels natural and you are not thinking about the swing as much, that’s when you would move onto random practice.

Random practice is completely different than blocked practice. In random practice, you are never hitting the same shot twice.

An example of this is when you are going to practice hitting a 7-iron to one target, a 4-iron to a different target, and a pitching wedge to another target.

The ideal goal in random practice is to simulate on the driving range what you will be doing on the golf course.

Random practice is used once you feel you comfortable with a swing change. You are not standing over the ball thinking about it. It’s automatic.

Now, it’s time to bring these 2 tips to the golf course.

Studies have shown…

People who use blocked practice typically have better practice sessions in that they are much more confident and happy when they leave the driving range. This is largely because they have successfully hit the same shot over and over again.

The one downside to these “better” blocked practice sessions is that when they take it to the golf course, their performance is not as good as those people who employed random practice.

Generally, people who use random practice typically leave the range saying, “Oh, I hit it just OK.”

However, when they go to the golf course, their performance ends up being much better than those who used blocked practice.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I want to play better on the course!

I’ll leave you with a final thought: The most important thing to remember when practicing is to always be learning and challenging yourself.

You want to make your practice as difficult as possible, so that when you go to the golf course, you’ll be ready.

Do you know one person who practices great on the driving range, but struggles on the golf course? Send this Driving Range Tips blog post to them to show them how to practice effectively.

How are you going to practice differently on the driving range? Tell me know in the comment section below.

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Comments

James Culverhouse says:

Thanks for the tips. I was already doing "random" practice but the one ball approach for putting and chipping sounds like a great idea. My approach to random practice is a little different – I actually try and visualise holes on my favourite course and hit the shots on the driving range to match what I visualise in terms of the specific hole. It works really well and allows you to play a "game" of golf on the driving range.

Alan DLC says:

i get super tired by the end of a large bucket since im doing full swings on all my irons/woods/driver, i should start doing random practice since i already fixed my big slice, thanks for the tips.

Norman Wells says:

I'm just starting out so this is one of those dumb questions.  It's a driving range?  But is that a driving club?  Can you use an iron on the driving range or will they get upset?

Harry Murphy says:

Thanks for tips

Paul Williams says:

Great explanation using relevant theory. Some suggestion blocked may be more useful for early learners. Also distributed rather than massed could be mentioned.

Ray Durrant says:

Still can't get out. Of bunker  give me some tips pleaseuj

Ryan Van Vliet says:

When i hit multiple shots at the same pin , i am not so much trying to see if i can make the shot , i am looking for a good swing . I might hit 5 chips and the first 4 chips i take  just do not feel right but the 5th. swing is the swing that i am looking for . I could do the same thing using one ball but it might take me a lot longer to find the swing i am looking for . The same is true for driving practice or putting practice . I am learning something and i am learning it faster . If you have your swing down to where it is automatic and repeatable , maybe 1 ball works better . 

Coochicoo says:

Recently took up golf and spent a month at the range, thought I got pretty good but when I actually played around a course I was terrible.

TheMrC99 says:

What accent is that?

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