EVERY SINGLE TIME YOU GO TO THE DRIVING RANGE YOU MUST ASK YOURSELF THIS SIMPLE QUESTION:
"What do I want to get out of this range session today?"
The answer to this question ties directly to your expectations. Be consistent. Be committed. BE BETTER!
Even with the most atrocious golf swing, if one repeats their tempo, club face timing, and swing path, they will be able to figure out, in the moment, how to properly hit a golf ball for THEM. Within this process, you are making these minuscule adjustments, both subconsciously and consciously, based off of the most recent shot. This then enables you to then hit the next one slightly better. In doing this, by the end of the range session, you will be hitting every ball better than usual.
Does this represent actual improvement in your game?
One of my favorite golfers of all-time is Ben Hogan. He classifies this process above as "range rhythm".
Fundamentally you are creating a process of short-term memory and are adding absolutely no value to your golf game. The problem with this is the fascination in standing there banging ball after ball, thus luring your ego into a state of content-ness.
The time to eliminate FAUX EXPECTATIONS is now! What is a faux expectation you ask?
It is when you hit the same shot over and over again and build confidence that you will be able to execute said shot on the golf course. BUT since it was only one golf shot, what happens when that golf shot doesn't present it self until the 15th hole? By that point you have most likely already mentally exited the round!
I rarely see the average golfer try and replicate the golf course while on the driving range. Golf is the only sport where you don't practice on the same field as you play the game. You have to create an environment that creates more pressure than you will encounter on the course. No matter your skill level, maximum pressure can be created on the driving range simply by increasing focus, creating more specific targets, and not hitting the same club over and over again.
I know right......it is easy for me to sit here and tell you these things right? I have also lived it. I understand what it is like to be aimless on the range for hours that turned into months that turned into years that resulted in the same lame ass disappointing scores. it wasn't until there was intent, pressure and execution added to my driving range sessions that I began to grow as a golfer.
YOU HAVE TO BE WILLING TO BE UNCOMFORTABLE. Put yourself to the test and consistently fail. Better to do it when there is no consequence than when you have to write a score down on the card!
BE BETTER YA FILTHY ANIMALS!