Going to the driving range is a really beneficial way to improve your golfing skills, but you need to make sure you are being productive with your time here. It isn’t about just using up all your balls and getting your swings in; use this time as an opportunity to hone your craft and see some real improvement. If you go in all guns blazing, chance are it will be a fruitless exercise, and the next time your go for your 18 holes, you’re not going to see the progress you want to. Think about when you play a course; you’re not hitting 30 balls an hour. You’re waiting in between shots, you’re thinking about your aim, your swing. It’s not about whacking away, hitting and hoping – well it can be, but in that case golf may not be the sport for you.
So what can you do to ensure your time spent at the driving range is productive? Firstly, stretch your muscles! You will be looser and therefore won’t run the risk of pulling something and damaging yourself. Stretch the muscle areas you are most likely to use when swinging, namely your back, arms and legs. Have a look online to find the best stretches for golfers, loosen up and you will feel the benefit.
Next, work your golf clubs. Hit some shots with your 9 iron, then your woods and your driver. This is the important part – make sure you are aware of how your body moves with your swing: where are your feet? How does your follow through look? When you get onto your woods, make a note of how far you hit the ball with each club, recording from high to low so you can properly scrutinize when and how well you are hitting the ball. If you can, you should try and focus on one specific thing at a time: keeping your balance, staying in tempo etc. The real message here is to focus in order to see your game improve.
There are many different driving ranges to choose from in Florida, including World Woods which boasts a 20 acre circular range and three practice holes, and the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie – a 35 acre center with putting and pitching greens, and a variety of sand types in bunkers. Both are great places to practice and make a real difference to your golf game.