Most golf courses have a driving range, but are you making the most of yours?
Driving ranges are a very versatile part of the golf course, but it would appear that a lot of golfers aren’t getting the maximum possible use out of theirs.
The Driving Range As A Practice Ground
The most common use of a driving range is as a place to try out new clubs, new types of shots or a different grip. The range is the best place to try out anything new as it allows a golfer to experiment away from the main course. Trying something new out, in an area that’s associated with practice, tends to take away some of the burden from the experience.
If you try something fresh, while on the links, it’s easy to lose faith in whatever you’re trying out, but the driving range is perfect for this. It gives you a consistent area to work in, so you can see the difference, in your shot or club selection straight away. Each ball you hit is a clear indicator of your progress.
You can hit as many balls as time will allow, without holding up the next group. This allows you to build up confidence in your technique, away from the glare of waiting golfers. Anything which you need to experiment with is perfect, for the driving range, plus it can be great for improving your focus and relieving stress, as you may already know.
The Driving Range As A Warm Up Area
There’s more to the Driving range than a place to try and hit drives as far as you can, though many golfers new to the game may be forgiven for thinking otherwise, given the name.
Most experienced golfers are aware of the fact that you can benefit greatly from a warm-up on the driving range, before hitting the main course. Like any sport a good warm up is vital, when it comes to getting the most out of your performance.
Finding the right warm up routine, for you, is the most important thing. As with many things in golf, and life in general, you’ve got to find what works for you, as a preparation method.
Many golfers like to start with smaller clubs and work up, starting with a pitching wedge, for example, before hitting larger and larger clubs. There are some golfers who prefer to do the exact opposite, getting their wood range dialed in first and working downwards.
Another option is to take one club onto the range; this can be a good idea if there’s a particular area of your game you are having trouble with. It’s also useful if you want to focus on getting your grip right before a game, concentrating on stance or wrist motion.
Find whatever works for you and stick to it. It’s always good to get in the zone, by having a routine to follow. This’ll get your mind in a good golfing space, before you hit the course. It may take time to find the right method for you, though there’s no better place, than the driving range, to experiment!