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Ok so let me start out by saying that I by no means am that good a golfer, I only started about 2 months ago.  However I  can't figure out why  when I go play on the course I'm actually somewhat (for my experiance level) decent.  I hit my drives fairly straight, I don't top or hit fat shots that often.  I how however hit a lot of bad shots like too far...too short...to the left...to the right.  However when I go to the driving range to practice, almost all my shots are topped or fat shots.  I can't hit for crap on the range, but I do ok on the actual course.  Why is that?

post #2 of 12
The only thing I can think of is maybe you think about your swing too much on the range and are more natural on the course
post #3 of 12

When you first start out, the spread between your good and bad shots is going to be pretty big. That will get smaller as you get more experience and swings under your belt.

 

Also, you want to account for the differences between course and range. Does the range use mats? Maybe that's crossing you up. Perhaps the mats are hard and you don't want strike the ground with too much force. Or perhaps the view at the range and altering your stance and alignment. Or perhaps the tees are different height than how you usually tee it up at the course. Or you're swinging more aggressively at the range than at the course. 

 

If you have a video camera, tape both swings and compare. Never too early to start learning how to use video. Search this site for a how to on video angles.

post #4 of 12
Aim for targets on the range. Treat it as a round of golf...try to learn how to fade or draw.and high and low into those targets,, also put tape on club face. See where you are making contact.. If bad contact, put 2 tees on ground just larger than width of club face and swing thru the tees. It will force u to make good contact.

The range is a great place to groove good swings and rid of bad ones.
post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 

thank you for the advice, ya I think I try and get more aggresive on the range.  You know the whole trying to do as good as the rest of the golfers.  When I'm on the course with my friends they all suck just as much as me so it doesn't really matter.  I think I'll try the tee thing too it sounds like a really good idea.  Also is there a way to video tape your self without asking a friend to do it?

post #6 of 12
A tripod
post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by Lowkie View Post
 

thank you for the advice, ya I think I try and get more aggresive on the range.  You know the whole trying to do as good as the rest of the golfers.  When I'm on the course with my friends they all suck just as much as me so it doesn't really matter.  I think I'll try the tee thing too it sounds like a really good idea.  Also is there a way to video tape your self without asking a friend to do it?

 

Or try to out do them?

 

Every time I go to the range it seems like everyone is trying to hit their clubs really hard to "out do" the next guy.

 

I finally stopped copying them recently, and hit well within myself on all clubs except the driver and 3W. I even hit half a bucket of pitch shots, which gets a lot of weird looks.

post #8 of 12
Very astute Lihu. Remember in grade school how the guys used to compete to see from how far away they could hit the urinal?! ( I know this is not common to everyone but it is in fact a well known test of early manhood. lol )

If you come to our most popular range you will see people focusing on other golfers as much as their own balls. Yes my friends Freudianism is more far reaching than you thought isn't it? It is the Pi***ng contest all over again!

Just like the days of old...keep your eyes in your own stall and you will hit just fine.
post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 

That is definately true, seems that we all do it....at least for a time.  Definately need to get out of the habit though

post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by Lowkie View Post
 

thank you for the advice, ya I think I try and get more aggresive on the range.  You know the whole trying to do as good as the rest of the golfers.  When I'm on the course with my friends they all suck just as much as me so it doesn't really matter.  I think I'll try the tee thing too it sounds like a really good idea.  Also is there a way to video tape your self without asking a friend to do it?

 

http://thesandtrap.com/b/playing_tips/filming_your_swing

 

I try and tune out everything and rarely ever watch anyone else. The only person I'm comparing myself to is me... or past me on the camera lcd.

post #11 of 12

Hey Lowkey - Welcome to the game !  I know for me that I'm more "in the zone" on the course.  Better concentration because I know I have to miss that tree, or keep left of that pond.  I just cannot duplicate that at the range.  It's nice to aim at a target at the range, but real time playing sheds a much different light on the shots I need to pull off.    

post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by chip n run View Post
 

Hey Lowkey - Welcome to the game !  I know for me that I'm more "in the zone" on the course.  Better concentration because I know I have to miss that tree, or keep left of that pond.  I just cannot duplicate that at the range.  It's nice to aim at a target at the range, but real time playing sheds a much different light on the shots I need to pull off.  

 

Ya I have to agree with that too, I've pulled off some really tough shots, at least for me, just because I knew I had to miss some hazard or another.  On the range it not like I have to play it if it goes in some bad position, I get the same position I just had lol.

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