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Hitting the Range Before a Round...Essential or Not?

Range Before the Round?  

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  1. 1. Do You Feel Hitting the Range Before Your Round is Essential

    • Absolutely--I won't play well if I don't and dread the round.
      14
    • Definitely Prefer to Hit It--For Getting Loose and Seeing What My Swing is For the Day.
      129
    • Doesn't Really Matter- I Can Take it OR Leave It
      49
    • Heck No....It Wont Do Any Good. I Don't Want to Waste Any Possible Good Shots Out There.
      6
    • The Course Doesn't Have a Range.
      10


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Yesterday I had the opportunity to play a very nice away course that I really enjoy and haven't played in several years. We got there in plenty of time to warm up, almost an hour before the round.

It was hot and I didn't want to over do it. But I took a small bucket maybe 30 balls and hit 15 or so 7 irons and 10 drivers and about 5 wedges or so.  

I hit all three very solidly and was happy.  Then went and putted for 20 minutes.  Rolled in my 2nd putt from 30 feet.   Ok this is going to be a good day.

Get to the 1st tee a pretty wide fairway and only about 340 yards.   I proceed to push it dead right into the pond that had to be at least 70 yards from the center of the fairway. 

Doubled the hole and tripled the next with an OB 7 iron off the tee off par 3. 

Went like that the rest of the day...except for the driver.  But every iron I hit was horrible.  Wedges werent as sharp as usual and I swear I forgot how-to putt in the first 25 minutes of the round.  

All this led to a disheartening 102, filled with 7 penalty strokes and 5 three putts. 

Earlier this year. I've gone straight from the office   without litteraly 3 practice swings by the cart before the first tee and shot in the 80's. 

So it makes me wonder if a range session really helps me before a round.  Maybe 10 minutes swinging the Orange or Yellow Whip is all I need to go play.  

What are your all's thoughts on the importance of hitting the range before a round.  

 

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At my home course, range balls are included with our monthly dues, so it's easy to get there and hit a few balls to stretch out the creaky bones.  Typically, I only hit about 15 balls prior to a round.  When I travel, I normally don't get range balls, but will get the body moving by swinging the club for a bit.  I always want to hit some putts, however....and chip a few, if possible...prior to any round.

I like the orange whip, but don't carry it in my bag, so that's not an option for me.  Might stick it in there again, though.

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I would prefer to hit 5-10 iron shots before a round but am too cheap to pay $5 or more for that few shots. I primarily hit pitches instead but don’t really require the warmup before a round.

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I like to do it to loosen up the ol' back, but it's not mandatory. I've hit some of my best drives on the first hole after just swinging 2 wedges in hand a couple times, and a few practice swings with driver.

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Only one of the two courses I play in town has a range, and I can honestly say I've never taken advantage of it before a round. I'll stretch and take some practice swings to loosen up. I have, however, taken to going to the chipping and putting green and spend 10-20 minutes working on the short game.

I played twice this past weekend, arriving early to get the short game practice in. The first time started out good, I was chipping balls close and then shank! Hit another one, shank! Another, shank! I quit and just went to hitting some putts. I couldn't chip the rest of the day, it had gotten in my head and I shot a really bad round. The next day, I started out chipping and everything went good that round.

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2 hours ago, CarlH said:

At my home course, range balls are included with our monthly dues, so it's easy to get there and hit a few balls to stretch out the creaky bones.  Typically, I only hit about 15 balls prior to a round.  When I travel, I normally don't get range balls, but will get the body moving by swinging the club for a bit.  I always want to hit some putts, however....and chip a few, if possible...prior to any round.

I like the orange whip, but don't carry it in my bag, so that's not an option for me.  Might stick it in there again, though.

I don't have monthly dues; pay annually in October for the next year (10% discount for paying early).  But I do have a range pass with my membership.  However, I rarely will hit balls on the range before play.  For me the range is for working on certain shots or working out a swing issue, not warming up before a round.  

When I show up for a round, I trust my swing is ready.  The last thing I want to do is hit balls on the range and have something unexpected pop up for me to think about during the round.

I will stretch, swing my Skilz Gold Flex both right and left-handed, pitch 20-25 balls, chip maybe 10 balls, and putt for 10 minutes; takes about 30 minutes total.  I'm usually better off the first tee than my buddies who swing on the range for 20 minutes or more.  

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Like @sirchunksalot suggested, we probably need one more option: My course doesn't have a range.

I do normally putt for a while before my round, and I'll swing my Gold Flex a bit to loosen up. But unless I've traveled to another course, my first full swing is always my drive on #1.

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I'm less than 50/50 on pre round range hitting.  Some green fees come with range access and in those cases I usually hit some balls.  My usual is stretching, chipping, and putting. 

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I HAVE to hit the range! I also have to stretch for about 15 min as well, all due to Ankylosing Spondylitis (back disease) that has taken all curvature in my back, and makes me stiff. No going from the car to the first tee for me anymore. I also have to see what my swing is showing me that day: fade, draw, etc, so I can plan for what I brought to the course.

 

 

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Depending on the course and there chipping/ pitching area, I like to hit shots from 75 yards in. I love practicing feel shots before a round and feel it really gets my momentum going. It's fun to smash drives before a round but if something is going wrong in the range I tend to let that carry into my round. Lots of ranges around here give you ugly foot placement, balls aren't that great, and the commitment is not really there. If the range looks nice, turf is good/even, and balls are good then it's a different story. 

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Warming up the muscles, stretching and zeroing in your timing is essential to optimize athletic performance. No professional athlete goes from the locker room to the playing field without a proper preparation phase prior to execution. I believe a Golfer’s woes early in a round are less about the warm up and more about any number of things: nerves, over swinging, over thinking, poor body alignment, poor target acquisition, etc........

 

If I am playing in a competitive event or for handicap purposes I absolutely warm up all phases of the game. If it’s a routine round for fun then I warm up on the course as I play. Following a routine warm up is the best way to prepare for play. For me my routine is:

 

1. Putt for 10 mins

2. Chip for 5 mins

3. 4 balls each; 56 degree, 9 iron, 7, iron, 5 iron, 3 Wood, Driver

4. Putt another 5 mins

 

Total Warm up 30 mins.

 

 

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1 hour ago, GolfSpy MPR said:

Like @sirchunksalot suggested, we probably need one more option: My course doesn't have a range.

I do normally putt for a while before my round, and I'll swing my Gold Flex a bit to loosen up. But unless I've traveled to another course, my first full swing is always my drive on #1.

Good call.  I added the no range option.  The things I take for granted 😳

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I very much prefer hitting the range first if there is one. Firstly, I still have the tendency to have bad habits creep in, so if i hit some irons on the range I can see what the ballflight is and remember what my thoughts/triggers should be. I try to stick with just one so I can think about my target during the swing.

Secondly, my back hasn't been so hot the past 4-5 years and I like to get moving for a bit. I normally don't hit a lot of balls - the bulk end up being wedges and irons, with maybe 2-3 drivers. 

I find that when there's no range, I don't feel *right* until around hole 4. If I'm only playing 9, that's not so helpful.

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It's preferred, but not necessary to score well. I just might do marginally better on the first few holes if I have time to hit a few balls at the range before my tee time.

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I could take it or leave it, but generally leave it now. My course has a range and a small bucket is only $4, but it really doesn't help or hinder me. I think I'm going to buy a Skilz trainer to swing before the first tee.

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Most of the time, I'm showing up to the course with enough time to roll 2-3 putts and stretch. (aka, I don't get to leave the house when I want to)

I would prefer to be able to hit 15-20 balls before playing as I don't feel fully in tune with my swing till the 3rd or 4th hole. If I get the chance, I'll hit 5 balls with my 56*, 7, 3w, and maybe driver.

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IF there's a range I typically use it... BUT... I have to be careful.

There are two types of "ranges' for me... there is the work-on-the-swing range and the before-a-round range and I have to be really careful not to let the first creep into the second.

The work-on-the-swing range is big bucket, alignment sticks, 1hour+, etc.... I call this playing "golf swing"
The pre-round range is as small a bucket as they offer and seeing how the ball will fly that day... I call this playing "golf"

When I get on the course I have to remind myself to play "golf" and not play "golf swing"....

Some of my best ball striking rounds have occurred after I've warmed up on the range.
There are a couple of courses I play that do not have a range but they have a net you can hit into; I try to do that at the very least.

my putting sucks either way so I typically just try to get the pace of the greens down and hope I can avoid the 3 putt.  😂

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At my home club, range balls are included in our dues.  I generally arrive about 30 minutes or more before my tee time, and almost always hit a few balls to loosen up.  I also chip for a bit, and hit a few putts mostly to understand the green speed.  I like to do this when I travel for golf, whenever its possible, but its not a huge deal when I can't.  Travelling in Scotland and Ireland there are a lot of courses where there's no range, or where its a significant hassle to hit balls.  In those cases, some good stretching and maybe a few swings at a ball into a net are the best I can do.

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I have found that I can warm up and hit wonderful shots on the range because the distance doesnt matter there. The range is 100% pressure free.

The issue I run into, is, needing to be under control on the tee. Not over swinging. Being confident of my club for the desired length. Not trying to get a few extra yards out of my club. Not trying to prove that I can out-drive my partners.

I'd say I can go with or without just fine.

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So follow up.   How many of you do what you hear that the pros will often do.

Make your last shot on the range, the same shot you will hit on the first tee.  I know in most cases that's going to be driver.  But in the pros case they most likely are not just hitting the same club..ie driver, but with the same shape they will need on the first tee,  Fade or draw or in Brooks Koepka's case, bombing it over the trees on the dogleg 😎

Sometimes I will actually "play" the first hole on the range for my last couple shots, meaning, hit the driver, then based on where it landed approximate what club I would have into the green from there and hit it, then maybe a chip or pitch shot with a wedge. 

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