Bad habits are notoriously hard to break – and this is the time when many golfers develop bad habits that will affect their game right throughout the following year.
The bad habits come from how the weather conditions and lack of daylight see many golfers heading for the driving range during the winter, instead of playing a round like they do on summer evenings or weekends.
While the driving range can be a great way to stay on top of your game, it can also be a way to damage it – because if a small mistake or bad habit begins to creep into your swing, it gets replicated far more often and far more quickly than would normally be the case.
Think about it – you can belt out 100 golf balls at the driving range in around an hour. But that’s the equivalent of playing about seven full rounds of golf, if you assume 14 drives per round (i.e. four par 3 holes). If you saw your game going downhill progressively over the course of seven rounds at some other time of year, you’d be worried, and would probably seek help – but somehow it seems all the easier to ignore the warning signs when on the driving range, and just think ‘it’ll be better next time’.
But don’t assume it’s just a temporary blip and that things will get better by themselves. And instead, use your time on the driving range to develop good habits, not bad.
A lesson or series of lessons at the driving range over the winter can make a huge difference to your game and can see you hit the ground running in great form when play begins again in earnest in the spring.
Lessons are available from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday to Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at weekends. Just use my contact form, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone me at 087 243 6805 to arrange.