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How to Practice at the Driving Range

It was a sunshiny day.

Young Butch Harmon was hitting balls at the driving range in California. He felt good and thought he was hitting it well.

His father, Claude Harmon was watching his son from behind. But he wasn't saying anything. He was just standing there with his arms crossed.

Butch wanted his father’s opinion, so he asked

"What do you think, Dad?"

Claude said "Well, if you are hitting it to those mountains, you are doing great."

Claude often said these words.

"If you aim at nothing, you're always going to hit it."

It would mean nothing if you practice without a target. Claude said that "Golf is a game to play the ball from point A to point B." So without a target, that's not golf.

But lots of golfers just go to the driving range and start to hit ball after balls. I often ask them where they are aiming. They will tell me "there" or "that area."

In my opinion, your target has to be more specific than that. I want you to pick a point and try to hit it when practicing.

On the course, I want you to do the same.

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