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Finally lots of range success but...

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Hi all

I have had some great lessons recently (been hacking around for years), my range time now is very consistent and my ball stricking pretty darn good but...

I cannot, cannot, cannot take it out on to the golf course.

I guess I'm not the only one, any body got any advice?

Steve

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Hey Steve - I've always thought that the driving range is really so much different than actually playing.  On the course you have to miss that tree, or stay left of the pond, or hit a high lob over that hill, or play from a sidehill lie.  You just cannot duplicate those things at the range.  And for me, when I'm on the course I usually don't try to change much or try something new like I might do at the range.  I think what helped my scoring on the course was playing on the high school team and playing league golf for years.  I seem to be more "in the zone" when there is some competition.  Anyway, my suggestion is to  STAY REALAXED  and  REALLY FOCUS  on your keys.

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You need to start making the range emulate the course more. instead of just worrying about good contact start making up fairways out there between the flags markers etc. I find I actually hit the ball batter on the course just because I'm more target focused than swing mechanics meaning you need to play golf out there and learn how to score even if you don't have your best swing that day sometimes.

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Thanks guys. Both make a lot of sense. My killer shot is the dreaded chunk. On the range hitting an inch behind the ball isn't such a biggie (although you know it's happening the ball still flies ok) but on the course it's just another absolute duff shot. Need to find a range where they let you use the grass.
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Find a range with grass or mats that simulate grass/expose fat shots. I've seen people bring their own mats to the range. Use high speed video - camera will easily show you're hitting fat. Try putting a thin board behind ball or towel or sprinkle baby powder to see where CH hit the mat if fat. I'm at a point where I can sense I'm hitting it slightly fat without an aid, but I still need a camera to tell if I'm a bit flippy.
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I'm probably the last guy you want to listen to, since I've only been playing for five months, but I read a post from a guy that I thought had some really good advice.  He said when he's at the range, he imagines the course he's playing.  For example, If the first hole is 450 yards with a straight fairway, he'll drive the ball towards the farthest flag on the range, estimate his drive distance, and calculate the remaining distance to his 450 yard hole.  For example, the first drive on the range goes 250, so there's another 200 yards to his imaginary hole.  He'll then pull out his 3-wood and hit towards a flag on the range that is around 200 yards away.  Let's say he hits that 190 but 30 yards to the left.  He's got maybe a 40 yard shot left, so he take his PW and aims for the closest flag or yard  marker on the range.  So this guy doesn't hit 20 consecutive times with the same club.  He rotates from one club to another, just as you would on the course.  Obviously, this slows way down the time it takes to go through a bucket, but sounds like as good a way to simulate on the range what you do on the course.

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Sounds like good advice. I guess we can all get in a groove hitting 7 irons or 5 irons 20 in a row
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Stay away from non grass ranges and ranges that use those cheap , lightweight balls , which affect ballflight . Better off practicing in your living room or swing in front of a mirror .

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I'm probably the last guy you want to listen to, since I've only been playing for five months, but I read a post from a guy that I thought had some really good advice.  He said when he's at the range, he imagines the course he's playing.  For example, If the first hole is 450 yards with a straight fairway, he'll drive the ball towards the farthest flag on the range, estimate his drive distance, and calculate the remaining distance to his 450 yard hole.  For example, the first drive on the range goes 250, so there's another 200 yards to his imaginary hole.  He'll then pull out his 3-wood and hit towards a flag on the range that is around 200 yards away.  Let's say he hits that 190 but 30 yards to the left.  He's got maybe a 40 yard shot left, so he take his PW and aims for the closest flag or yard  marker on the range.  So this guy doesn't hit 20 consecutive times with the same club.  He rotates from one club to another, just as you would on the course.  Obviously, this slows way down the time it takes to go through a bucket, but sounds like as good a way to simulate on the range what you do on the course.

This is great for course management, visualization and covering the psychological aspect of the game but I respectfully disagree it'll work for improving the swing - you'll just be making the same swing with different clubs with more time apart. If you want to stop hitting fat, you have to do different things to move your low point forward not hit fat. You have to practice zealously whatever your instructor keyed in on.

This thread covers it:

http://thesandtrap.com/t/54840/simple-specific-slow-short-and-success-the-five-s-s-of-great-practice

I agree with what iceman said about practicing in front of a mirror with almost golf balls. I take partial swings at home in the living room, making the moves my instructor prescribed.

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I guess when Stug said he was fine on the range but couldn't do the same on the course, that was the reason for my suggestion.... If he makes the range more like the course, perhaps he can do well on both. My comment certainly wasn't a general recommendation to improve his swing. I have way too many problems with my own to give anyone any advice there.
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