Originally Posted by Thomas
I felt that I became better once I went to small buckets and being more deliberate about each shot, no matter how many I had left to go. Larger buckets feel more like corporal punishment. I really only want to make about 36 full swings while I'm on the golf course, so banging out 90+ in the space of an hour started to seem pointless and more of a chore.
Also, picking a target at the range is great, but nothing quite makes you pay attention as knowing you're going to have to chase your ball afterwards.
I've also noticed something really odd about myself. Normally, when you warm up on the range before the round, one can gauge how well they will do that day. If you are hitting the ball well, it translates to the course and vice-versa. Well, the inverse is true for me. I don't understand it. My best rounds so far were prefaced by an atrocious pre-round range session. When I mean atrocious, I'm talking about creating a divot 6 inches behind the ball with dirt flying about as far as the ball, hitting balls really thin, and hitting the ball all over the place. I'll pick up the driver, tee it up, and proceed to hit a slice that goes over the netting to the right out of the range. Not one good shot. Get on the first hole, tee it up and then drive it right down the middle perfectly, next shot is right on the green, etc.
If I have a good range warmup, I get to the first hole, tee it up, and then proceed to try to figure out if my ball landed in the fairway to the right or got caught up in the trees. 10 driver shots on the range were perfect, first tee shot was a horrible slice. WTF. And this is how the round continues.
I can't explain it. It doesn't make any sense. But if I get on the range and can't hit a decent shot to save my life, it will be a good day.