I takes 3 holes for my muscles to relax so I start off with a compact swing. Very reserved.
By the 4th hole The compact swing doesn't work anymore, I now have to "go after" the ball. It seems my muscles have stretched out. This adds some significant yardage. I have never tried dialing back here. It is fun to watch the shots come around.
About 3-4 holes later I grow tired and need to find a more reserved swing to conserve energy or else I am capable of some pretty ugly stuff.
I might have a couple of shots after this point where i can call upon reserves to go after the ball, but for the most part I need to just play it safe. I typically only play 9 holes. I am in my 30's. Is this just the way beginners play or do more experienced players change their shots up based on how strong they feel?
I know on TV people like Tiger Woods show up hours before tee time and take lots of practice shots. If I were to hit a bucket of balls before playing I would miss out on some really powerful stuff on the course.