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Is Taking Your Range Practices to the Golf Course a Good Idea?

Is Taking Your Range Practices to the Golf Course a Good Idea?

Is Taking Your Your Golf Range Practices to the Course a Good Idea?

Yes, but only if implemented slowly over time and, first, with lessons and lots of repetition.

In my article “Golf Swing Understanding or Feel — Which Comes First?,” I write about how to separate the mind set while practicing and playing on the course.

The range, I believe, is designed for the breaking apart of your swing into manageable pieces, identifying singular errors and correcting them before moving onto the next task.

Range v. Course

The golf course — and the object of the game — is for you to shoot the lowest score possible each day, regardless of your techniques (fundamental or not). Sure, you want to try to implement the changes you’ve been practicing, but not at the expense of a higher score.

Range v. Course

So, if the mind set for the range is to work on the pieces, and the mind set on the course is “whole” thoughts, why should we be trying to take our “range game onto the first tee?”

Have you ever read or heard of golf professionals suggesting to their students to “not have too many swing thoughts while playing?”

I agree with this advice, but how does that make it similar to the range “game,” where detailed swing thoughts and theories are permitted and in fact encouraged?

Why would taking your range thoughts onto the golf course be considered wise advice if you agree with the previously mentioned counsel to not “think too much” while playing?

Range v. Course

Take it easy on the course. Don’t over-think it. Implement your lessons from the range slowly over time and with repetition onto the course. Or end up like this guy.

Do you see the contradiction?

So what’s my answer to this apparent dilemma?

First, realize that you should not really be trying to take everything you’ve been practicing onto the golf course, just those “pieces” that have been corrected and not the ones still in process. Use the results from your rounds to tell you how much of what you’ve been working on has infiltrated your sub-conscious game and swing — and what needs more attention in practice.

In other words, make focused, narrow and conscious changes on the practice grounds while allowing freedom from those thoughts (sub-conscious) when you play. Over time, if you slowly implement each corrected piece of your swing into your “on-course” swing, they will become one and the same.

But don’t rush things!

Range v. Course

The ’92 Masters champ was once described for his calm, down-to-earth demeanor and stroll at Augusta National by legendary golf writer Dan Jenkins, “like he’s walking his dog.”

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