I hear this a lot, mainly from low handicappers but all club golfers tend to be prone to this ‘disease’. The ability to swing with pure freedom and ease on the driving range, a mountain of pristine golf balls just waiting to be dispensed from the bucket and struck down an area of vast grassland and no hazards whatsoever bring very little consequence to the shot. We can hit the worst shot possible, but the worst thing that can happen to us is the embarrassment of a poor shot if someone on the range is watching.
There is no real consequence to our shots on the range. We won’t get punished a shot if it goes out of bounds, we won’t lose our shiny brand new Callaway ball in the water on the range, we won’t look like a fool if we’re searching through endless rough and strike a tree on what feels like every hole on the range. There just isn’t the same atmosphere and mindset on the range that’s needed for the golf course due to the fact there is simply a lot less pressure on the range than compared with out on the golf course, far less consequences.
For all you hard-core practisers out there (come on, admit it!) who go the range or practise area everyday……… I salute you! Although you need to improve your routine if you are prone to this very common disease of super range play but not demonstrating this on course.