It has been said that repetitive motion helps to establish proper mechanics in a golf swing. If approached improperly, however, driving through a bucket of balls at the range can also lead to establishing bad habits that will be hard to break. Staying focused and practicing with purpose is key to using the driving range to improve your game.
Clubs to Use
First, making use of time at the range is important. Swinging every iron and wood in the bag isn’t necessary. Spend time with the driver, as the swing mechanics are different than they are with shorter clubs. Also, working on the short iron and wedge play will help on the course during approach shots.
Many golfers purchase hybrid clubs, but they will not practice with them enough to notice a difference. Make sure to spend time with a hybrid, as it was purchased to replace some iron or wood play.
Another consideration for some golfers will be to improve their putting or sand play. Taking time to visit these portions of the practice area can help with reading greens as well as getting a feel of playing your open-faced wedge through the sand.
Your Mindset on the Driving Range
Take the time to pick targets as the balls are hit. Ranges include distance markers and flags or targets for a reason. Improving foot positioning and ball address is important, so taking the time to actually practice with a target in mind will help with this. Becoming more accurate on the range will transfer over the course on the next round with your family and friends.
Approach the session like an actual round of golf. Start with a driver shot, followed up with an iron, wood, or hybrid shot. Finish the practice approach with a short iron or swing of the wedge. Not only will this establish rotation through the bag, but it will also help to slow down the pace of practice. After all, it should be about the quality of the session, not the number of balls hit.
Even if the session is focused on a particular group of clubs, say irons, it still should not be a race to empty the bucket of balls. Applying a bit of focus on the driving range session can result in a noticeable improvement for the serious amateur and semi-pro.