Practice, Practice, Practice!

Posted on April 03, 2012

One of the more common discussions and concerns I hear nearly every day is that "I hit the ball great on the range, but I can't take it to the course". If you fall into that category, I have a few suggestions for you!

First, always set up a practice station with clubs or sticks to guide you in setting up correctly. Be certain that after your initial loosening up period that you practice with a specific target in mind. Many times players are just in the mindset that they want to hit the ball solid. Things change when they hit the course as hazards, tree lined fairways, water hazards and out of bounds now pop up in their mind.

Another important aspect is to practice simulating game conditions. I have witnessed many times players hitting driver after driver on the range. There is never a time during your round that you have the luxury of hitting multiple driver shots, (unless there are penalties involved). So, practice like you play! Start by hitting a driver, then a middle iron or hybrid, followed by a short iron and a pitch shot always with a specific target in mind. Continue this random practice and picture yourself playing the first nine holes of the course you play and the clubs you normally would use.

Try this out the next time you come to the course. I think you will find the practice range to be much different than what you have experienced in the past.