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Golf Driving Range Drills (Practice Routine)

If you’re looking for a driving range practice plan to follow to ensure you are using your bucket of range balls to the fullest, then you’ve come to the right page. Our website, Golf Practice Guides, is dedicated to sharing drills and practice plans for you to use to improve your skills.

Today we focus on the practice drills you should use in your driving range routine. Most golfers like to buy a large bucket of balls and mindlessly hit them out into the range.

But instead, you should treat each shot as a quality rep for improving the number of fairways and greens you’re going to hit when you get out onto the golf course.

Let’s dive into our best driving range golf drills and if you need more, then check out these practice plans with 12 different weekly routines to try.

Driving Range Practice Routine

  • Alignment check
  • Shot shaping
  • Consistency

Those 3 bullets are the three keys to your success at driving the ball onto more fairways. It starts with good alignment to your target followed by your ability to shape shots for different situations, and being able to do so consistently.

Alignment Golf Drill

This first driving range drill is going to be opposite of what most golfers do at the range. Your instinct is to lay down some alignment sticks to help you get aimed at your target on the range. But you can’t do that out on the golf course.

Instead, you want to set up to the ball and align yourself to the target with no alignment aids just as you would a real golf shot on the course.

Once you’re setup, lay down your driver on the range as your alignment stick and step away to check how well you had aligned yourself to your target.

Repeat this drill 100s of times and you’ll begin to pick up subtle things that help you know if you’re aligned properly to your target.

Resource: Golf Fitness Plan to Improve Your Golf Swing

At the beginning, you’re going to learn your tendencies and you’ll notice if you usually align right or left of your target by natural default.

Then you can learn to visually adjust during the setup to straighten yourself out by seeing where your feet, hips, and shoulders are aimed relative to your target.

Variations of this golf drill include video taping your set up position by setting a camera behind you, so that it’s facing the driving range or having a friend stand back and seeing if you’re aligned properly.

Shot Shaping Driving Range Drills

After perfecting your alignment, you’ll be set up for straight golf shots to your intended target (fairway or green). But not every shot is straight forward.

Sometimes you’ll be forced to draw the golf ball or hit a fade depending on bunkers, water, and trees that may stand between you and your target landing zone.

To help you build your shot shaping skills, I recommend dividing up your range balls into sets of 10 for 5 different shot types:

  1. Draw
  2. Fade
  3. Low runner
  4. High, soft landing
  5. Punch Shot using 3/4 swing

This driving range drill is simply hitting 10 shots for each shot type, attempting to successfully shape all 10/10. Test yourself and see where your shot shaping skills are strong and weak based on your scores.

To learn how to hit a draw, fade, high shot, low shot, punch shot, please read additional articles we’ve written on swing instruction for each type of swing.

Consistency Golf Drill

This final golf drill you should add to your golf range practice plan is intended to help you build consistency in hitting straight tee shots on command and especially under pressure.

This swing drill is also the opposite of what most golfers do.

Usually you would line up and hit 10 drivers in a row, trying to successfully knock all 10 straight down the middle on the range. But we did that above in the shot shaping drill, hitting ball after ball hoping to draw all 10 successfully in a row.

Instead, this drill simulates real situations faced on the golf course like hitting driver, followed by 7 iron.

Set aside 28 range balls to simulate hitting 14 tee shots with your driver, followed by 14 approach shots at the green with your irons and wedges.

Resource: Golf Exercises to Improve Your Golf Swing

Here is a sample version of how you could structure your range routine for this drill:

  1. Driver, 7 iron
  2. Driver, 5 iron
  3. Driver, 8 iron
  4. Driver, Pitching Wedge
  5. Driver, 9 iron
  6. Driver, 6 iron
  7. Driver, Hybrid or Wood

Repeat this again to complete all 28 shots, since each set is 14 shots. Compare your results.

The benefit of this practice drill is to take range practice and make it seem real.

You only get one tee shot so you feel the pressure to hit it straight before moving on to your approach shot with the iron, which simulates hitting it straight at a green by hitting at a green on the practice range.

If you have the luxury of practice on a fancy, high end golf course driving range, they’ll likely have legit looking greens out on the range to hit to, helping you practice your approach shots proximity to the flag stick. Nice!

Overall, this concludes today’s article on a simple but effective golf driving range practice plan. We shared 3 important golf range drills to add to your practice routine so you maximize your time on the range and hit quality golf shots.

Track your stats and see if you can improve each time. Treat it like a game and see how you score on your 28 shot test we outline in drill #3.

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