To most golfers, the practice range is a sacred place. It is a place where players like Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Michelle Wie, Vijay Singh or Grateful Golfers regularly hone their skills. A major difference between a professional golfer and an amateur is their intention as the approach the practice range. It is this intention that helps focus their practice to accomplish their goals.
After hours on the practice range, there is no question they have developed some tricks to help make the most out of their practice time. Here are some sites to check out:
Each of these offer good advice on developing a routine and a great starting place for anyone trying to improve their game through focused practice.
Through the years, I have used many of the above suggestions and the following tricks that helped fix my woes.
When fixing a slice or a hook, I stand on the far side of the range. As a right-handed player with a slice problem, I stand on the far left side. This may seem strange, but it forces me use a different swing plane and aiming point. I am so focused on not hitting the ball out of bounds, that it helped me straighten my slice.
It is important to use aiming sticks. At the very least, use two clubs. These training aides help align your swing and your aiming point. I use them to determine my ball position in relation to my stance, determine my swing plan by the relation of my divot to the aiming sticks, and my alignment of my feet in comparison to how I am aimed. Check out toursticks.com for a complete guide on how to use alignment sticks.
My last tip deals with using the flag sticks out in the range. On my course, it is possible to line up all the sticks until they are one behind each other. I use this visual aid to help identify a poor swing, whether I am fading or drawing the ball that day and to help with my aiming points. If I am on a different range, I will try to line up at least two flags and use them as my aiming point!
There are plenty of tips and tricks to use on the practice range. Today I have mentioned just a few that worked for me.
Golf is all about sharing, so do you have any tips or tricks to use on the practice range?
I am grateful golfer! See you on the links.