Jump to content
GolfSpy Dave

How do you judge a range session as successful?

Recommended Posts

So I just got back from the driving range (not on the computer 24/7 as accused :blink: ). I left the range with the feeling that I had accomplished something. I was hitting off mats, so I don't always trust ball flight as a gauge of success. I only really counted a swing as "good" if I felt compression of the ball first and then good flight. More mid to long irons. I don't think I compressed much with my wedges...

Does this seem like a more honest way to assess the swing on a matt?

 

Also, I can share a revelation about my swing that came today. I am too fast from the top. Known issue. Today, my swing thought was wait for the left shoulder to clear the ball. When I really focused on this, contact was great and distance went up a bunch. When I forgot the shoulder, no rotation, OTT or too fast.

 

Also somehow, a hook has crept into my body. I am a slicer darn it. I have worked long and hard to kill that slice. Now it seems like I moved passed hitting straight to hitting right to left. Not a ton of movement, no duck hooks, but enough that if I aimed at the middle of the green 155 out or so, I would miss 5 yards to the left. Weakening the grip helped a bit. Could I be too inside now?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The only time I spend on the range is working there... Probably why I suck at golf so bad. I guess a little more practice is in order.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A range session is successful when I hit my long irons well, and when I see improvement in my swing.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The only time I spend on the range is working there... Probably why I suck at golf so bad. I guess a little more practice is in order.

So for you, success is just leaving the range. :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

when I dont need to wipe off the hosel

 

Hahaha, very true. That's a terrible feeling.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If I can repeat the good aspects of my swing and ball striking from my previous range session, while minimizing the bad aspects of that session, I consider it a success. For me, this usually this translates into fewer balls being hit in that current session.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If I can repeat the good aspects of my swing and ball striking from my previous range session, while minimizing the bad aspects of that session, I consider it a success. For me, this usually this translates into fewer balls being hit in that current session.

So remember what I did good this time when I go next and do them again? I really like this idea. Feeling good about my swing today is nothing compared to getting that feeling next time. Much harder to do, but far more rewarding.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So remember what I did good this time when I go next and do them again? I really like this idea. Feeling good about my swing today is nothing compared to getting that feeling next time. Much harder to do, but far more rewarding.

 

How about this ... having consecutive "good" practice sessions, including on the day you're supposed to tee it up for real.

 

...But then completely sucking while on the course.

 

Sound familiar? Happens to me more than I care to admit.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

How about this ... having consecutive "good" practice sessions, including on the day you're supposed to tee it up for real.

 

...But then completely sucking while on the course.

 

Sound familiar? Happens to me more than I care to admit.

That almost went into my superstition post. If I warm-up on the range and am firing on all cylinders, it basically guarantees it will all got to pieces on the course.

Stupid game.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If I believe I accomplished what I was working on AND I've created a feel so I can consistently repeat what I've been working on.

 

Yesterday I struggled and I worked on some things and got back to how I was swinging and created some feels so I could consistently repeate it. Also helps to figure out what you're doing when you hit a bad shot.

 

 

 

 

3JACK

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

"Successful range session" can mean different things depending on what is going on with my game. Lately, I've been hitting the ball pretty well (don't tell the golf gods), so I just like to hit 3 good shots with each club and put them back in the bag. If there's something in particular that's been hurting me (driver, usually), I feel successful if I can figure out what it is, fix it, and hit a good number of solid shots.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So for you, success is just leaving the range. :angry:

No question about it. Leaving the range is always a high point in my day... that might have something to do with why I never want to practice.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I don't get to the range as much as I'd like, but when I do got it is to work on one particular part of my game... either my grip, swing speed, alignment, whatever... when I accomplish what I set out to do, I consider it a good trip...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My usual range session is a SW high shot cut shot draw shot and a low shot in that order all 4 get done first try then move to an 8 iron and repeat then a 4 iron, thena 4 wood and end with my driver. If i am hitting the driver off first tee i will hit a few extra at the end to the shot i want off first tee if not driver i do it with whatever i am hitting.

 

 

then after all that i do a little flop shots little feel ones that i get up quick and down quick. then putt a few more balls and off to the tee

 

usualy takes me 20-25 minutes for all this, and if it takes longer or more balls to do it it is a bad session is my mind

 

 

but sometimes when i do some of my worse range sessions is my best days on course and when i do some awesome balls on range is my worse so i never figure on anythign just try to go to the course with whats working to if it was hard for me to hit the draws or cuts i will try to avoid them unless thats the only shot so.. go with what what was the best out of the four in my mind for that day

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Today was a very successful range session for me. I've been going to the golf dome about twice a week for the past 3 weeks and hitting the ball well. To stave off range boredom, I decided to hit my blades today, and...Great success! What I had forgotten about the blades was that they have zero offset - zip, zilch, nada. It was very noticeable in the long irons because I had a problem squaring the club face, but other than that I hit them almost as well as my Mizuno gamers.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It's a range that's covered by a dome so that you can hit balls all winter. Essentially an indoor range. It's about 100 yards long with lots of short targets. One nice thing about it is that you don't ever overswing, because you don't see the ball go more than 100 yards - very nice for tempo/rhythm. The downside is that everything from wedges through 7, maybe even 6, can hit the ceiling.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What is the golf dome?

Excuse us Mr. California!!! :) A dome is what we have to resort to for a range in the cold snowy winters of the midwest, etc. It's basically like a dome bubble about 85 yards long. You hit off a mat, 85 yards. Not really enjoyable, but if you want to hit balls in the winter, it's about the only way to do it in Minnesota. The outdoor shot on the bottom is the one I actually use in MN.

golf dome.jpg

GolfDome.jpg

GolfDome1.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Excuse us Mr. California!!! :D A dome is what we have to resort to for a range in the cold snowy winters of the midwest, etc. It's basically like a dome bubble about 85 yards long. You hit off a mat, 85 yards. Not really enjoyable, but if you want to hit balls in the winter, it's about the only way to do it in Minnesota. The outdoor shot on the bottom is the one I actually use in MN.

Necessity is the mother of invention. Thanks for including the picts. 2 story range makes me nervous for some reason. :)

Are those targets on the back wall?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


×
×
  • Create New...