I came across the videos below and I there was thinking a larger story. How do we prepare our game for the unexpected the course when playing golf? Is there something I am missing by training only at the range?
Hitting the range is very important to improving our golf game because it allows us work developing the consistency needed to play well. My attendance at the range varies throughout the year and when I go, I practice with intention.
The point of the videos and Coach Lochey’s statement is that the range provides perfect conditions for ball striking, but little opportunity to work on difficult shots. As we play our round, our stance is rarely flat and we routinely experience course challenges that we need to navigate.
However, I would counter by suggesting that range work is very important. I provides the opportunity to groove a consistent swing that can be applied in any situation. It is important to realize that the range does provide opportunity use different clubs if you use the whole range. The challenging shots experienced by most players on the course are made easier if our swing is repeatable and consistent.
I will always recommend that golfers hit the range. I believe it is the key to a strong game and regardless of the situations experience on the course, it helps lower your golf score.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!
Written by Jim Burton from The Grateful Golfer blog.