Josh’s Tips & Tricks: Practice Properly

Golf | 22 November, 2022


Hello golfers, welcome to this week’s tips & tricks. Each week is looking more and more like Winter. It’s getting colder and wetter which means your range practice is going to be increasing. For this exact reason I would like to give you some tips to get more out of your practice sessions. Lets have a look at what you can do to be more productive with your trips to the range.

Range Practice

Warm up properly

Stretch out your hamstrings, quads, back, arms and neck before you even hit a ball. You may feel a bit silly, but having a good old stretch before you begin will enhance your feel and performance from the very start of your range session. This can also help prevent any little niggly injuries.

Start short

Start your range session with some short pitch shots; half swings with a sand wedge or pitching wedge. This will help build up feel and strike, and allow you to find a nice tempo for your range sessions.

Hit to a target

This may sound obvious, but I see so many people on the driving range hitting shots with no clear target in mind. This gives you very little feedback on the success of your shot, and allows bad habits to creep into your technique and mentality. How many times would you hit a shot on the course without aiming correctly? Hopefully none! So, use the driving range to nail your aim.

Break up your practice

Don’t hit 100 balls to the same target with the same club. Change your target or club, at the very least, every 10 balls. This will help you to analyse that batch of shots and will remind you to check your basics several times over the course of your practice.

Master the basics

For the experienced golfers, I see a lot of you down on the range working on some very technical stuff, which is great! I love to see people striving to improve their technique. But very often, I’ll see you doing the complicated stuff really well, but letting the simple things slide. Stay on top of your grip, alignment, posture and ball position, and this will make your shots far more effective. Put a couple of clubs down for your alignment and ball position and be sure to check your grip after every few shots.

Challenge yourself

Have a purpose to your practice and challenge yourself to improve! I will often do all the following during a practice:

  • Pick two points to hit between to simulate a fairway on the course
  • Hit five drives and see how many out of 5 I get.
  • Shape my shots. I try to hit five from left to right, five from right to left and five dead straight. Again, count the rate of success and try to beat it next time.
  • Play games against myself. This really brings out heightened focus and concentration. See if you can imagine a hole at your course and play to that hole. Imagine where the danger is, where the pin is, what the wind is doing, etc.

Go with a friend

Having a partner to go to the driving range with can really improve you range experience. Challenge each other to little competitions and try to help each other with your basic skills and techniques.

Practice your pre-shot routine

If you don’t have one, then you should start building a pre-shot routine ASAP and practice it on the range. Find a nice process or ritual, from how you walk into your shot and take your stance, to the lead up to your swing. You’d be amazed how much more comfortable you’ll feel on the course when your pre-shot routine is consistent and well drilled.


Remember, practice makes permanent, so if you repeatedly make the same errors during your range sessions, they could be counterproductive and you won’t be on the top of your game once you’re out on the course. If you follow the steps above to improve your game on the driving range, you’ll get way more success out on the golf course!

If you would like to get more out of your golf game you know where I am.


See you soon,