All golfers know that the ONLY WAY to improve your golf game is to practice. Practicing may include playing actual golf, but a major aspect of your practice needs to be hitting the driving range. However, the things you do at the range need to be done correctly. Going and hitting a bucket of balls is not the only thing you need to worry about.
PURPOSE is the word you must be thinking about when addressing each and every practice ball. Why are you there? If you are not changing or working on something at the range, how do you expect any part of your game to improve? Luckily, I have come up with the PERFECT routine to go through when working on your game at the range. This is a guideline for anyone trying to have a sense of structure at the range. Simply put, you will know what order to hit what clubs, how many balls to hit with them, and what to actually attempt to do with each shot. Keep in mind this is more or less a ball and club order structure.
Now, by conducting this routine you will truly get better over time, but you will not get noticeably better over night. Like all things in golf, this requires patience.
The Perfect Driving Range Routine
When you first get to the range, warm up. Do not use any balls. Simply warm up your body. Stretch, swing two irons, etc. This will get your body ready to work.
Once you are warm, it is time to hit some balls. Keep in mind that all of these numbers are based on a bucket of about 75 balls. Think about the ratio you would use if you are using a larger or smaller sized bucket when you hit balls.
First off, grab five balls and your wedge of choice. Simply hit these five balls quickly with a smooth swing. DO NOT think about your swing or try anything new and avoid full swings. This is to get your mind, eyes, and full body feeling the contact of the club and the ball. You are now down to 70 balls…
After your five contact swings, it is time to start hitting some golf shots. Grab your 8-iron. Set aside, coincidentally, eight balls. Aim at a target and let the first three rip without thinking about shape or what is/isn’t feeling right. With the last five try and hit your intended shot at your intended target.
62 balls left…
Put away that 8-iron and grab your 7-iron. You’ve warmed up, hit your 8-iron, and now it is time to start thinking about the PURPOSE of each and every shot you hit with this club. Grab 10 balls and hit your intended shot. You should be picturing yourself on an actual course. The 7-iron is debatably your most important club.
52 balls to go…
Now grab your 5-iron and put aside seven balls. Make sure you put the ball up in your stance just a bit. Hit these balls, but on the fourth one swing as hard as you can. Think of your swings like a pyramid. Start with a full, smooth swing. Work up to an all out smash. Then work back to that original smooth swing.
45 balls in the bucket…
Hybrid time. Hit seven balls with the hybrid of your choice. Focus on making the contact you desire. By the fifth ball, you should be able to dial in your accuracy due to your contact.
38 balls yet to be hit…
Now hit your 3-wood. Hit eight balls. Be smooth, DO NOT try to kill the ball. Stay in complete control.
The final 30 balls…
The big stick! What we all love to grab and smash. Put aside 15 balls for the driver. Hit five completely smooth and soft. Hit five very hard and controlled. Then hit the last five in a dialed back hard approach. You don’t swing as hard as you can on a course, so with these final five balls use your course swing.
15 balls left…
This is the fun part. It is time to use these last 15 balls and act like we are playing actual golf. Obviously, you would not use some of these sequences on the real course, but just trust the process. Below I will list the outline of what you should be doing to close out your routine:
- Driver, 7-iron, pitching wedge.
- Driver, long iron, high degree wedge.
- Long iron, mid iron, short iron.
- Driver, 9-iron, wedge of choice.
- Driver, 3-wood, 7-iron.
I hope this routine helps you out! It is something that i have done for a very long time. I enjoy it.
Again, Keep in mind this is more or less a ball and club structure. It is up to you to figure out what you truly want to work on.
Let me know if it helped you @EvanSingleton33 on Twitter.
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