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One of the great things about golf is that every player strives to improve. The improvement is measurable and the chance of getting the best shot of your life always lies in the next track.

Many players rush to make time on the course, but fail to make time on the driving range or on the short game facilities. Those who go into the driving field may not have a proper training routine and not make the most of their time. This has a lot of guesswork as to why they don’t score the results they think they are capable of.

The answer is simple: you don’t exercise on purpose and for a purpose.

Here are five tips to improve your time when you’re training on the range:

1. Get rid of the rapid-fire approach

golf ball set

golf ball set

View of golf balls in baskets at the driving range. Photo by Orlando Ramirez – USA TODAY Sports

Remember to think of quality over quantity on any given day as you hit the balls on the driving field. If you buy a big bucket and finish it in 20 minutes, you probably haven’t had a purposeful training session. Develop a routine to try to apply it to every ball you hit.

2. Don’t start with your driver

Charles Schwab Cup 2021

Charles Schwab Cup 2021

Ernie Els prepares on the practice range during the first round of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Phoenix Country Club. Mandatory credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

Starting with your driver in the field is a recipe for injury. Starting with a baton like an 8 iron is a safe bet because it keeps the body in a more neutral position and swings easily, straight and with a strong foundation.

3. Choose a target and use the alignment stick

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BMW PGA Championship 2022

BMW PGA Championship 2022

Ian Poulter of England trains on the driving range before the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Golf Club on September 6, 2022, in Virginia Water, England. (Photo by Luke Walker/Getty Images)

Training with a purpose means hitting every shot with intent. Where do you want the ball to land? How do you want the ball to land? These are all questions you should be asking yourself with every shot you hit. Put the alignment stick down, or if you don’t have one, use another iron, and make sure you stick to your goal.

4. Workout mode

2022 Open Championship

2022 Open Championship

Tiger Woods and Justin Thomas practice their putting on the 16th green during a practice round for the 150th British Open golf course at Old Course in St Andrews in Scotland on July 10, 2022 (Photo by Andy Buchanan/AFP via Getty Images)

Many golfers focus on how they hit the irons or drivers but forget where the majority of their strokes come from. Posture is arguably the most important part of this sport. Many golfers practice shooting by hitting their golf balls at random targets. Do the repetition element by doing an exercise. Hit a three-foot throw 25 times or slow down on the same hit 10 times. This helps build confidence that you can take the course.

5. Practice hitting different shots

2022 Presidents Cup

2022 Presidents Cup

Team USA golfer Colin Morikawa shoots a chip from his chip into the second green during a practice day for the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club. (Photo: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports)

The 16th hole is probably not the best time to try that blowout shot you’ve never taken before. The course isn’t the time to try new shots when you’re trying to shoot low points, so master it in advance when you’re training. Spend some time learning how to hit a low or high spin shot. Try chopping with different sticks in the bag and practice hitting different types of grass.

The story originally appeared on GolfWeek

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