Far too often I see the ‘eager swingers of the club’ head to the range, pull out the driver and start whaling ball after ball not sure what to expect but keen to have ‘something’ happen and often leaving with not much more insight than a pulled muscle or blister. When you head to the range, especially early in the season, go with a plan for the session, even if it is just to get reacquainted with hitting the ball again. Start off by stretching (a little more than twenty seconds if possible…) and 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 hitting it ‘far’ by taking some smaller half swings and working 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 by trying to hit more and more shots when you are fatigued as you will more than likely only be reinforcing a bad move. If you have reached your goal for your practice session on the range, go over to the putting green and work on your short game (that is where we should all be spending more of our time anyway).