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Bringing Your Golf Game to the Driving Range

Many average or decent golfers all have the same complaint with their golf games. Seemingly we are all great golfers at the driving range but when we get out onto the golf course we can't reproduce that "driving range" feeling.

There are a few specific reasons for this:

The Home Run Derby Effect in Golf

Golf is a game where you get one shot only, followed by a long delay, followed by your next shot. The driving range does not simulate this at all, but rather is a repetitive exercise of "Do overs".

If the average golfer concentrated on every shot at the range, like it meant something and actually picked out an exact target, they would find that the practice session at the range could and would be transferable to the course.

The reason for this is simple: "tight muscles" produce "steered shots" or shots that are NOT fluid. So when a golfer is relaxed, fluid and doesn't particularly have a target that he is trying to get to (like he is at a driving range), his results are not exactly accurate.

Golf Simulation

The best solution to this problem is to try to "simulate" a real golf course. For instance, you can replicate the mental and physical circumstances of a game by trying to eliminate one half of the fairway when using the driver. Only hit the driver once. Then pick another target and use a different club.

For the first ten to fifteen minutes of the practice session it's okay to hit the same club in order to work out the kinks in your swing. But when the serious latter portion of your swing session comes about, you should try to mentally design a fairway in order to hit a tee shot into, then follow it with a fairway section, and then the green (which most ranges have).

I would recommend keeping and maintaining tracking records of how many fairways you've missed, as well as how many errant shots actually happened.

This sort of feedback is more accurate, and more critical to bringing your golf game to the driving range.

Keep golfing,

Robert R. LaPorte

"the Golf Nut"

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