So another golf season begins and it is time for the first visit to the Range. The focus for your practice session should be to reacquaint yourself with good fundamentals… grip, posture, stance, alignment. Start off your session as you should for ‘all’ your practice sessions by stretching (a little more than twenty seconds if possible…) and then pull out your 7 iron and begin to check your fundamentals as you take some swings. Start off keeping your swings slow and deliberate (no ball required) paying attention to your tempo and in making a good weight transfer. For your next few swings you should key in on where your club head is bottoming out. We don’t want the club head hitting the ground well behind where the ball should be, nor do we want to be missing the ground completely. Once you have taken enough swings to find some consistency in where the club head is hitting the ground, it is time to add the ball to the equation. Pull out a short club like a wedge or 9 iron and see if you can figure out how to hit the ball ‘well’ instead of trying to hit it ‘far’. Hit some shots with smaller half swings and work your way up to full swing size keeping your focus on good contact, balance and tempo. Once you can ‘find the ball’ again, move to a mid iron and continue to focus on good technique. Now go ahead and hit a few drives but finish your session with one of your lofted clubs hitting some short game shots (fifty yards or less) to wind it back down. Don’t overdo it on your first time out by trying to take more swings once you know you are ‘fatigued’ as you will more than likely only start reinforcing a bad move. A good goal for your first session at the range is to just make good consistent contact, and focusing on good fundamentals is what will get you there. If you fall short of your goal during your first session, seek out the services of your friendly and knowledgeable CPGA Professional for your next session and let them help you on your way to playing better golf.