Play Your Golf Course on the Range

Play Your Golf Course on the Range

Have a Purpose When Practicing Golf at the Range

Most people when they practice golf on the range they just hit ball after ball, they really do not have a purpose or a game plan of what they are trying to do. Sometimes they are getting worse instead of getting better. I want to share with you a drill that I think you will find enjoyable the next time you practice on the range and also help you get better at golf.

Play Your Golf Course on the Driving Range

It is playing the golf course on the practice facility. What you are going to do the next time you go out and practice start out just hitting some golf balls, loosening up and getting a feel for your golf swing. If you are working on your fundamentals go ahead and do that. But after you are done working on your fundamentals I want you to play the golf course on the practice range.

  • What you are going to do is you are going to give yourself a point for every acceptable shot that you hit.
  • You are going to play holes one through eighteen, a total of 30 six shots, so you can get a maximum of 30 six points.
  • Once you do this a couple of times you will find out what your personal best is. Let's say your personal best is eighteen but you have a goal of working up until you are at number 30 six.

Imagine Hitting Each Shot on Your Course

My home course the first hole is a par-5. I am going to start out by picking a target and I will hit a driver. Then I will usually hit a utility wood to lay up and then I will hit a sand wedge. Let me demonstrate for you. I am going to start out and see the fairway of number one and I am going to execute my shot. That was a pretty good shot right there with my driver so I am going to give myself a point. Now my next shot is a five wood that I am going to lay up to give me about 60 yards into the green. I am going to visualize that second shot, I am going to set up and execute this shot. That was real good and now I have two points. My third shot is probably about a 60 yard wedge shot into a green. I have a green right here in front of me, I am going to set up and hit a 60 yard wedge shot which was a good shot. I should be playing today. Now I have three shots. The second hole is a par-3 for which I am usually going to hit an 8-iron. So I am going to play the second hole and go all the way through to eighteen holes.

Practice Golf Like You Play

Now I am practicing more like I play. If you are playing in a tournament maybe before you go out and play, play the first three holes to get acclimated for the golf course. Get you visualizing the golf course. If you are playing in a tournament play the tournament course on the driving range. If you practice this way I promise you that you will get better at golf.

Category: Practice
Sub-Category: Psychology, Swing Drills
About the Instructor
Mike McGetrick
Mike McGetrick
McGetrick Golf Academy
4900 Himalaya Road, Building Q
Denver, CO 80249
Tel: 303-799-0870

Mike McGetrick heads the Mike McGetrick Golf Academy which is located in beautiful Denver, Colorado and features one of the most modern golf instruction facilities in the world. He is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #7


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