Play actual holes
Another method to help yourself take your game from the range to the course is to actually play holes on the driving range. Auto 2-putt when you get on the green. It isn't about making birdies as much as it is hitting the fairway, hitting the green, and making your par.
- When you do this, it should be done exactly as if you were playing a round with your friends. Put your tee in the ground, don't rush, just hang out and kind of feel the moment.
- Proceed with your pre-shot routine and then execute your shot. Do this for the duration of 9 holes. If you are unsatisfied with your score, do it again.
- Really be sure we are focusing on all of the little things that will make the current shot successful. This is where we get our reps in that we will rely on in pressure situations.
Work on every shot
Nothing irritates me more than seeing somebody go to the driving range and repeatedly bang balls with no thought. They just keep hitting slice after slice after slice and then they are surprised when they get on the golf course and they accidentally hit a draw.
- When you are on the driving range, I want you to work on hitting different golf shots. We already talked about the 9 different golf shots that I believe we should work on.
- Working on golf shots and executing golf shots are clearly two different things. When we are working on a golf shot, it is imperative that we are focused on what happens when we try this opposed to you hit the shot or not.
- What do I mean by this? Well if you hit a profound slice and then you are on the driving range and when you try to hit a draw you end up just hitting a straight push. Ok, well let's say that we are on the golf course and I know that I can't miss left and I don't really have the ability to hit a slice. "Fuck, fuck fuck....what do I do? HOLY SHIT, I'm going to aim at the left side of the green and try and hit a draw and I know that this ball should come out a little right and be relatively straight. SO.....with that being said, even if you don't have the actual golf shot, within the process of trying, you might find a golf shot that you can rely on in a tough situation.
Maximums (distance, hook/slice)
This is going to be very similar to working on golf shots but this just takes the fear out of the equation when you are on the golf course.
I'm willing to bet that there are times when you stand on a tee box, go through your routine, and then hit a golf shot so far off line you surprise yourself. Well this happens because you haven't found your maximums on the driving range.
This is probably the most exciting drill that we will do on the driving range. INTENTIONAL MISSES.
What I want you to do is pick a target on the left-ish side of the range. From here I want you to go through your entire routine as if you were going to hit this ball at the target.
Now that you are ready to hit your golf shot, without changing your alignment, I want you to hit this ball as far right as you can.
After that, I want you to do the inverse and pick a target out to the right and then miss as far left as you can.
Lastly, I want you to pick a target that is in the middle of the range and try and hit it. You will be amazed at how easy it is to find the middle when you know max left and max right.
Why is this important?
This is important for many reasons. Let's say that you just don't have your best stuff, but due to your strong mental fortitude, you have put yourself in a position on the 18th tee box to win.
There is trouble going down the entire left side of the hole but you hit it anywhere right. What about the idea of just aiming 10 yards inside the left line, and hitting it as hard and as right as we can. We know that we will keep it in play, we know that it is not going to flirt with the trouble left, literally all we have to do is make contact with the ball.........it can't be that easy can it........yes, it fucking can!
Consistent pre-shot routine