Ever wondered why your swing and game feels and is incredibly different on the driving range than what it is on the course?
Throughout our years of experience coaching amateur golfers, we’ve constantly witnessed how much stress a player puts upon himself when tackling the course after a bunch of lessons or countless hours hitting balls on the driving range.
Your training method and mental approach on the course need to change!
Here are a few tips to apply what you have learnt on the range when playing on the course, stress-free.
- Efficient practice. Practice on the range with a purpose. Using drills, limited amount of balls, and target practice. Work one technique perfectly at a time. Favor quality over quantity.
- Use skill-based exercises to acknowledge your level and what you could work on to better your game by recreating scenarios that you could potentially encounter on the golf course.
- Always play against the course, not against yourself. If you have troubles with how the swing feels, fix it on the practice range and not on the golf course. Play with what you have on the day.
- You are not a robot, bad shots will happen! Try not to do two bad shots in a row. The mind only understands one shot at a time. This means that you need to stay in the present, and not think about past shots.
- Try to find something positive to think about when hitting a bad shot. For example, “My shot didn’t find the target, BUT the swing felt good!”. Always praise good shot and scores. It is also good etiquette to acknowledge the praises of others.
- Enjoy the round! Remember, it’s a social game where you are playing partners. Having a bad mood doesn’t only affect your game but the game of others around you. After hitting a shot, you should try to disregard any feeling attached to it and use the time you have between shots to enjoy the environment surrounding you and socialize with your playing partners.