When you're on the golf course, there’s usually no time to correct most swing problems. The driving range is the best place to practice whether you’re a beginner or an advanced player.
Many golf courses have their own ranges, and there are stand-alone practice facilities too. Most offer one-on-one lessons from a trained PGA professional, who will give you specific tips to practice there.
On the range, you can hit any club you want as often as you like. If you're having trouble with your driver off the tee box, you may want to hit lots of drives until you get the issue straightened out. It’s difficult to fix a problem on the course, where you might only hit your driver 14 times in a full round.
Once you’ve put in some range time figuring out your swing and gaining confidence, you'll be able to apply what you’ve learned on the course. You’ll notice plenty of advanced players on the range, too, because golf improvement is a never-ending process.
Tips for the Driving Range:
1. Only take a few clubs to concentrate on during each practice session.
2. Place a club at your feet, parallel to the line you want to hit the ball on (the target line), to help with your alignment. It’s also good to place a club outside or inside the ball, pointed at the target and parallel to the club placed at your feet; make sure the second club is clear of your swing path.
3. Treat shots at the range as if you were actually on the course, including your practice swing and any other part of your routine. Start to also focus on selecting a target and having a pre-shot routine where you get behind the ball looking down your target line, visualize what you want to accomplish, and then do it.