Taking the Golf Practice Routine to the Course

I hear all the time of golfers disgusted with their golf practice routines because of their inability to take good shots from the range to the course.

"I hit so many good shots out on the range and when I go to the course, I couldn't do it," is a phrase I hear all too often.

So why aren't golfers able to replicate what they do on the range onto the course?

Well the answer depends on multiple factors but the most obvious one is going to the driving range without a plan. To elaborate golfers go to the range and hit ball after ball from perfect lies with relative little thought on where their target is.

The problem with this style of practicing is that it is not simulating what would be faced in an actual round of golf.

In order to start transferring the game from the range to the course you will need a golf practice routine that evolves around a pre shot routine.

By using a pre shot routine as you practice you will start treating each shot with increased importance.

How to Develop a Practice Routine

  • Start out with a warm-up, hitting wedge shots about ¾ of full distance, and the key here is to develop a rhythm
  • Then take out a high iron like your 8 iron and pick a target to hit at
  • Hit a few shots to the target and be sure you are taking your time in between each ball using your pre shot routine
  • After doing this a few times switch to a mid iron like your 5 iron and repeat same process
  • Then switch to either a low iron or hybrid and repeat going to a target
  • Finally end it with hitting some woods and your driver all going to targets

Preparing for your Round

After completing this routine it is now time to switch gears and prepare yourself for the round.

To do this you need to imagine yourself on the range as if you're about to play hole 1.

For example, if hole 1 requires you to hit driver and it is a par 4 then that is the club you will use to simulate hole 1 on the range.

  • Pick out some boundaries on the range whether its 2 flags or some trees, make an imaginary fairway that resembles hole 1
  • Once you have this visual in your mind then use your pre shot routine and hit your shot
  • Then if you know your second shot is usually using your 5 iron then pick out a target green that would be your 5 iron difference and hit a shot to it

Now you just replicated how you would play hole 1. Continue to imagine playing your next 3 or 4 holes by constantly switching clubs and never hitting 2 balls back to back with same club.

By performing the 2nd half of this golf practice routine you will feel prepared on the first tee, and you will eliminate any anxiety or nervousness because you will feel like you have already played a few holes during your practice.

When you start practicing with a plan your scores are going to reflect it.

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Bo, I wanted to thank you for your help so far with my golf game. I wanted to let you know that I shot a 75 the other day in a tournament round, my best round ever. I had 32 total putts and NO 3 putts. I definitely couldn't have done that before. Thanks again and I'll be back in touch soon to get some more lessons lined up.


Bo I just wanted to tell you about another tournament I played in. I went out and played and shot a 75 which is one of my best rounds this year so I think everything is coming together. I've been making alot of birdies lately and just wanted to thank you for everything!

Adam Mikhalko

Hey Bo when I got back from camp I played really well I’m putting great and I’m hitting the ball well. Thank you for everything at camp.


Hey Bo!!! I have been playing my best in golf, mostly because of you!!! two days ago I shot an 80 in my club tourney and came in 3rd place.

Brandtley Taylor

I played in a tournament when I got back from camp and shot 76 and came in fourth. I feel much more confident on the course with my mental thoughts. I used the tips you wrote down on that sheet and they have helped me alot.

Freddy Weber