I talked to the local "golf pro" at the range today, and he told me that coming to the range and hitting a lot of balls in a short amount of time is not good. I disagree.
Basically I have two types of range visits: 1. Sometimes i'll go and wear out my 7 iron, aiming at various targets. I'll hit a lot of balls quickly, one after the other. 2. Other times I go and work on ball placement and ball shaping, rotate through my clubs, putting and chipping.
I have found, that over the last couple of years, #1 has helped me tremendously with ball contact. I rarely miss hit the ball or shank one while playing a round. I usually always hit the ball solid, and i think it's because i have hit so many balls, which i think has improved my ball striking. So many times i'll see these guys with a perfect golf swing, but often miss the ball or shank one off into the woods. I'm not saying I'm any better than these guys, but I feel i've gotten to the point where i can strike the ball with confidence, because of #1.