Seven ways to get the best out of a driving range session

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The golf driving range is a great option for a quick session to hit some balls, practice your swing, work off the frustrations of your day or just escape the rat race for an hour or two. 

We welcome people who fit into each of those categories and more, here at Four Ashes Golf Centre and with 28 floodlit bays, it’s very rare that anyone can’t get a spot to play. With the introduction of the new Power Tees, we’ve made golf accessible for more players too including left-handed players. 

Here’s a few tips though to get the most out of a session on our driving range if you are thinking of coming along either during the day or into the evening.

Warm up

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It might sound a bit extreme when you’ve just come to hit a few balls at the end of the day but it still could make all the difference. Like any physical activity, it’s always a good idea to stretch and warm up those muscles before you start especially if you’re prone to pulled muscles and injuries. Work those hamstrings and quads, back, arms and neck to get yourself nice and loose before you start. 

Even if you feel a bit daft, it will enhance your performance once you start swinging and may help to avoid any niggly injuries.

Start short

Begin with some short pitch shots or half swings. 

 Maybe use a sand wedge or a pitching wedge and ease yourself into your session. Not only does this mean that you’re not going full pelt to avoid the injuries we mentioned earlier but also allows you to find a nice tempo for the session.

Take aim

Rather than just start hitting balls, pick a target to aim for and go for it. When you play, you don’t just hit a ball with no aim and hope it goes where you want so why practice that way? Not only does this give you something t focus on but it also allows you to see how successful your shots are. We have plenty or targets to pick out on the range and on occasion we’ve brought in some random extras from watermelons to washing machines and even a car! The idea of ‘play like you practice and practice like you play’ is very true and if you approach your session on the driving range like you would playing a round then it can only help your game.

Rather than just start hitting balls, pick a target to aim for and go for it. 

When you play, you don’t just hit a ball with no aim and hope it goes where you want so why practice that way? Not only does this give you something to focus on but it also allows you to see how successful your shots are. We have plenty or targets to pick out on the range and on occasion we’ve brought in some random extras from watermelons to washing machines and even a car! 

The idea of ‘play like you practice and practice like you play’ is very true and if you approach your session on the driving range like you would playing a round then it can only help your game.

 

Variety is the key

Following on from aiming for a target, make sure you change that target based on accuracy and distance. Try changing the target and the club every 15 balls or so. This will allow you to assess where you are on different aspects of your game and then adjust.

It also means that you are thinking a bit more about your overall game because you’re not in the mode of hitting the same shot over and over again. You can learn about adapting shots, club types and range during a session.

 

Variety is the key

Get social

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It always helps if there is someone else there with you whether it’s just for the company, feedback on your technique or even some friendly competition. 

Admittedly, you may want some alone time on the driving range to get away from it all but if you have a companion it can be great to bounce off them while you’re playing. 

It also makes the drink in the bar afterwards more pleasant too!

Take the challenge

Whether you are with someone else or on your own, it’s great to have a challenge. 

It gives your session a purpose and you can judge your achievements and progression based on what the challenge is. This could be anything from nearest to the pin to distance markers or simply working on consistency on your shots with different clubs. 

Whatever you choose, it will help to focus your mind and your action and helps to replicate a real situation.

Hone your routine

A session in a bay can really help to nail your routine and if you don’t have one, it can help to develop one. Whether it’s how you walk up to the shot and take your stance, how you mentally prepare before each shot or mastering grip alignment, making sure that you develop a routine that helps your shot can really be helpful. A session on the range can be as important for that as it is for shot development.

So in summary...

Everything here is pretty simple to implement and can help to make your session on the driving range that little bit more effective. You may find that already do some of these but not all of them but just having them on your radar is great for when you come along. 

Our 28 floodlit bays are open seven days a week until 9.30pm during the week and up to 6pm at weekends so we can accommodate players around their schedule whether it’s after work, a lunchtime session or any other time. We also have a happy hour session on weekdays from 9.30am to 11am.

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