One of the most wonderful things about hitting balls off a grass driving range is the information left by the divots you take. Your divots give you an indication of your swing plane, angle of attack, and even information on face angle as well. The key to getting pertinent information from your divots is to have consistent alignment from shot to shot. Alignment rods are a wonderful tool to help take alignment mistakes out of the equation. Next time you are at the grass range, drop an alignment rod down parallel to your target line and ensure that your feet, knees, hips, and especially your shoulders are all aligned parallel… with the clubface square to the target. When aligned properly, your divots will show whether you are swinging inside out or cutting across, whether you are heel deep or toe deep, give you an indication of proper ball position, and the depth of the divots will show how steep the club is coming into the impact zone. Using a rod also helps us to take ‘strips’ of grass out of the range instead of ‘patches’, and strips of grass spaced out will heel much faster than patches of missing turf. Faster recovery of the range means we get to hit more shots off of nice grass faster… yet another added bonus!
Practice well, Dave Lengyel