Two different types of practice on the driving range are crucial to getting better on the golf course. Technique and competitive. Let me explain… Practicing your technique involves the typical skill-building practice through repetitive motion. Competitive practice involves using your imagination to essentially play a round of golf on the range. For competitive practice, step up to “hole one,” and imagine what the shot will look like. For example, if you play a particular course your familiar with, take the yardage from the tee to the hole; imagine the fairway bunker on the left or the canyon on the right. After you make that shot, change clubs, set up the next ball so that you aren’t playing from a perfect lie and visualize the next shot, whether it’s a out of bounds left or a pond in front of the green. This creates accountability for your shots in practice. If your next shot would be from tall grass or an uneven lie tee it up like a shot that is going to give you a challenge that you’d expect from the course so you can work on uphill, downhill, side hill or a tight lie. You can even play from a practice bunker if available. By the time you are about a 15 handicap, that’s when you should make 80 percent of practices about technique and 20 percent competitive. If you don’t transition to competitive practice, you’ll wonder why you are a good range player but can’t transition to the course.
How can video help your game of golf? Since you can’t see yourself, video lets you see yourself.
The golf swing can be an intricate action and video connects the gap between fact and feel. You can trust you will improve even though it feels incorrect or wrong because of this visual feedback. Also, when used correctly, video can be used to pinpoint the motor skill that needs the most work.
Video can also give the golfer an opportunity to alter their belief system so they can have the maximum impact on changing their feel. Video can then prioritize on first getting you to strike the ball solid, then second, to have directional control of the of the ball.
One of the best tips to hitting efficient powerful shots is to keep the club head lagging behind your hands in your forward swing down through the ball. The longer you maintain this lag, the more velocity you can produce and the farther the ball will go when you do release the club through impact.
How is lag created and then maintained? Think of your left arm as one lever and the shaft as another. In your backswing, hinge your left wrist to create at least a 90° angle between the forearm and shaft. When you swing down, retain that angle for as long as you can. When you release it, the club head will speed up.
Many recreational players let go of the lag too early by unhinging their wrists to soon in the downswing. One drill to prevent this is to swing back with your left arm only, and as you start down, grab the shaft with your right hand and resist the unhinging of your left wrist. Repeat this feeling and incorporate it into your swing. In your regular swing, your wrists unhinge naturally at the bottom of the arc.