Driving ranges are meant for practice, and the more you use them, the better your game will become. Hitting a bucket of balls before or after games, or even occasionally instead of a game will make your swing stronger, more controlled and more effective. Remember, in the early days of learning how to play golf, you are working on the sheer mechanics rather than the subtle nuances, those will come in time. Head out to the driving range and swing away.
For the best and safest practice, make sure that you start with some warm-ups before blasting the long shots. Tearing up your shoulders is not going to help your game, after all. Proper warm up will also assure better control so that you can hit the balls that you desire. Start with the wedge, concentrating on making that initial contact with the ball. Continue with the wedge, working on making contact and the smoothness of your swing, but do not worry about where exactly the ball is going. This is the warm-up portion, not the “look how far I can hit this ball” part.
Move to the midirons next, again making sure to keep your swing smooth and concentrating on good, solid contact with the ball. Continue with this club, trying to select spots and areas and focusing on getting the ball to those general areas. Do not worry if you are not exact, you are just aiming for the general area.
Now you should be fairly warmed up and ready to really blast away. Do not hit too many balls this way, but do go ahead and try for a bit of distance with these swings. Aim for the 50 yard mark. If you hit that with relative ease, go up to the next marker. The long drives should be no more than ten balls, twelve if you are really feeling loose. Keep track of what distance you left off at, and aim to start there the next time.
Finally, before you leave the driving range, take a good ten minutes on the practice putting green so that you can get the feeling of it before playing a real round of golf. Make sure that you putt at different angles on the green so that you get a sense of how the balls roll and behave, as well as for the speed and rhythm that you will need in a real game situation. Do not worry about sinking balls, just work on getting the right feeling for your shots.
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