Warm Up Exercises
Always begin your practice round with about 10 minutes of warm-up exercises by stretching and preparing the muscles for the physical exercise your body is about to endure. Warm up both the upper and lower body, giving special attention to your back, to help give you a fuller range of motion in your swing and help eliminate injury.
Aim and Alignment
Begin your practice round by placing two clubs on the ground. Lay one club perpendicular to the target line for correct ball positioning, and lay the second club parallel to the target line for accurate alignment. The ball should be placed outside the parallel club, and your feet should straddle the perpendicular club. Starting first with your sand wedge, take aim at your target and practice hitting several balls using your sand wedge, then pitching wedge, focusing on making solid contact with the ball and incorporating a smooth rhythm.
Once you have grooved a smooth rhythm using your sand and pitching wedges, move up to your mid-irons. Pick different targets on the range using your five, six and seven irons and hit about a dozen shots, focusing again on solid ball striking, aim, alignment and tempo.
Fairway Woods and Driver
Turn your attention now to your fairway woods, and finally your driver. Use about 70 to 80 percent of your power, focusing on rhythm, balance and making solid contact with the center of the club face. Practice using the various targets on the range. Develop a pre-shot routine. Standing behind the ball, pick your primary and intermediate targets. Envision the ball's line of flight. Take a few practice swings, step into the shot, aim the club face to your immediate target and swing.
Chip and Putt
After using your driver on the range, warm up with a variety of chip shots around the practice green. Try to simulate the kinds of shots you might experience on the course. Practice chipping up close to the pin, then putt down. Each chip shot will have a slightly different landing spot, which will result in a much more effective putting routine than hitting a half dozen balls in a row from the same spot into the cup.