Is the golf driving range hurting your game?

When you go to the driving range and hit a bucket of balls, chances are you are hurting your game and setting yourself back a few strokes.

I know that is a very broad statement, but unfortunately true for almost every golfer.

Use the range to warm up and get into the groove. Use all your clubs, just like you were on the course. Know when you hit the ball incorrectly and know how to erase the wrong learning.

If you have ever played golf, you have heard that the most important 6-inches are between your ears. Golf is 90% mental; the other half is physical.

Now, let’s look at the driving range and how you might practice.

You have our target area sighted in; you address the ball and hit it as best you can. But wait, you sliced or hooked it. Darn. You address your next ball, hit it, and it is short of your target. Darn. On the next ball, you focus and are sure you will get it right. But the ball doesn’t go where you wanted it to go.

Time for a break, let the frustration subside and walk it off. Now, for the second round. You know how to hit the ball, but it just isn’t going well today. You calm down, address the ball and hit it. Better, but not in your target area. Close is better than before, and you feel good about your practice. Next, you swing and miss completely.

Enough, you get the idea. In reality, if you hit 100 balls you will find that only about 10% were really on target. What your subconscious has learned is how to hit the ball incorrectly 90% of the time and correctly 10% of the time.

The good news is that you can tell your subconscious (the part that trains your muscles how to do what you want them to do) how to disregard all the mishits and lock in only the correct muscle activity.

Here’s how. It seems simple, but if you do this one thing you will see your game improve by as many as one to ten strokes. Whether you are on the course or at the driving range here is how to tell your subconscious to disregard a bad stroke.

If you had a good stroke, immediately touch your left hand to your right shoulder. If it was a stroke you would rather not learn, touch your right hand to your left shoulder.  It doesn’t matter which hand to shoulder as long as you are consistent.

As soon as you have made the hand-to-shoulder motion, think about popcorn, or some completely unrelated thing or event, something that has nothing to do with your game or your next stroke.

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