Practicing golf can be almost as much fun as playing a round of golf. Unfortunately I see a lot of golfers hacking away at bucket after bucket of golf balls only to find themselves exhausted and frustrated.
The problem is that many amateur players have simply never been taught how to practice on the driving range.
In this short video Bill McKinney is going to show you how to get the most out of your practice on the driving range so that you can start shooting lower scores and having more fun.
If you have spent any time on the driving range (which I’m sure you have) you know that what Bill is showing here is not how your average high handicap golfer practices.
By slowing down your practice and switching up clubs like Bill demonstrates in the video you will prevent yourself from getting frustrated and cementing bad habits into your swing.
By imagining that you are playing an actual hole while you hit balls on the range you will be able to get more comfortable changing clubs during actual play.
You will also focus more closely on the distance you are hitting each club, and the simple act of visualization will benefit your golf game tremendously.
Sports psychologists have shown that imagining you are playing a sport is almost as good as actually playing it. This is especially true for golf, because so much of the game is mental.
Taking your time while you practice and changing your clubs like you are on a real golf course also helps you develop a good pre-shot routine. You should always use a pre-shot routine when you are practicing.
Don’t worry, you don’t need to use a full pre-shot routine on every practice shot. I usually use a full routine on every third ball and a shortened one on the other two. The point is that you have some sort of pre-shot routine before every shot.
This not only helps you focus, but it also helps cement good habits into your golf game. The same good habits you will take with you onto the course.
For Better Golf,
Head Golf Nut, OHP Golf