Driv­ing range driv­ing you nuts?

Golf Asia (Malaysia) - - FOREWORD -

At a so­cial round re­cently, I re­ceived a very rare and up­lift­ing com­ment with re­gards to my swing, and that I must be hard at work at the range of­ten. Truth be told, the last time I was at a driv­ing range, it was to at­tend a prod­uct launch and demo, which was well over a year ago.

Com­pared to when I first got hooked, I have not been to the range reg­u­larly to fine-tune my swing and shots. In the past I would be very dili­gent with my prac­tice ses­sions, tak­ing the time to ar­range reg­u­lar weekly ses­sions with my golf pro, ar­riv­ing ear­lier to warm-up and stay­ing for at least an­other hour to re­cap what was taught, and even pop­ping into the range to just prac­tice, or rather smash balls in the vain hopes of craft­ing the ideal swing. But work and fam­ily time took prece­dence over my in­creas­ingly fu­tile at­tempts to em­u­late Rory’s swing. And each time I took to the course it was hit and miss, lit­er­ally!

But read­ing how Alex Noren, the cur­rent world num­ber 9, im­proved his game and world rank­ing by shun­ning the driv­ing range and adopt­ing a dif­fer­ent ap­proach to train­ing, is in­trigu­ing and made me feel there’s hope yet for me! Be­cause if you com­pare how play­ers such as Vi­jay Singh spent so much time at the range per­fect­ing their game, it would seem a trav­esty to not be slog­ging at the range. Turn to page 44 and find out if Alex’s method in­ter­ests you enough to take it up and if you do de­cide to, it ac­tu­ally isn't very dif­fi­cult to be­gin adopt­ing it.

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