I hit the range yesterday for the first time in a month. I had an excellent range session, they were flying long and straight (with the occasional diff). I started getting tired when I got to the bottom of that huge bucket of balls, and I began making mistakes and either topping or shanking the ball. I finally found an exercise that helped me recover from this. After the 2nd or 3rd straight mishit, I will pull out my A or P wedge, take a group of balls, and start out with my 20-yard chip swing, while focusing on keeping my weight on the back foot. As I start to chip straight and accurately again, I will gradually increase my swing (50 yd, 75 yd, etc) until I am hitting the ball appropriately at full-swing. Then I will graduate to my 8i, then 5i, etc. This helps me mentally build my confidence because I know that I have the ability to hit accurate shots, I just fail to execute at times.
I also repeated another driver exercise that I've done in the past. I stood with my feet about 6 inches apart, focused on keeping my weight on my back (right) foot during the backswing, and hit about 5 drives with a very, very easy swing. 4 out 5 went straight and maybe 220 yards. I then took a few more balls out, gripped it and ripped it... not paying attention to form or proper mechanics, only focusing on keeping my weight distributed properly and swinging almost as hard as I can. Naturally, about 2 out of 5 went straight, one of those being a laser.. but the rest were sprayed right. After swinging out of my shoes, I took another group of balls and began swinging with my normal stance and normal swing speed. I was able to control my drives and keep them within a 20-yard wide radius with an average distance of 250. Getting it out of my system on the range and purposely trying to kill the ball seems to calm me down and help manage my driver.
I'm going to use this gameplan next time I hit the range and also begin splitting range and putting green practice more evenly. After a few recent disparaging range trips, I'm hoping this is the key to bouncing back from a bad session.