- Dr. Michael Mollenhauer
Topic: Golf (Driving Range)
I have eviscerated poor driving range protocol before, so why not go over a better way to do it. Most people head to the range to hit a few balls and warm up before playing (I don’t like the range, but I do go there to socialize). Whether you go to the range prior to the round or as a session in itself there are a few things to remember.
First of all, as we discussed previously, pounding a million balls is not great for anything. Get a small bucket. Next, why you hit the shots is important. On the course how often do you just hit the ball without figuring out where to aim? How often do you hit without a target? So why would you do that on the range. We need to get a target, which can be anything.
Secondly your pre-shot routine on the course should be used on the range. If you stand behind the ball to line up etc, do that on the range. This and the last tip will slow you down, which is the entire point. But don’t be slow on the course, or I won’t like you.
Another thing do address is club selection. I’m not trying to turn this into a golf tip, but swinging different length clubs will have a different affect on the body. Beginning with a short iron is likely best, slower swing and more control. Don’t start launching bombs on shot number one. Driver swings are the most wild and stressful to the body, best be warmed up prior to hitting the big stick.
Until next time, slow and steady warm-ups.