Teaching in Pebble Beach over the years and now at Lake Shastina Resort, I watch golfers practice.

That’s great, but in order to improve, but you need to practice so it counts, not to just get exercise.

Most golfers have a full set of golf clubs, which is 14 clubs in their bag. A big mistake the weekend player makes when they get to the driving range with a bucket of range balls is they try to hit every golf club in their bag.

Here is a great tip from the PGA Tour and me: Hit just four golf clubs before your round of starts, beginning with a sand wedge maybe hitting 10 to 15 balls. Next grab your eight iron, and same thing – hit 10 to 15 balls. Next, hit a few shots with your five iron and then tee it up to hit some shots with your driver.

Using just a few clubs to warm up will give you a better balance of clubs, including those you use a lot during your round of golf.

After your practice on the driving range, get over to the putting green and hit a few putts.

If you are having trouble with your golf game with wayward shots, don’t try to fix it during your weekly round of golf. Instead, choose a quiet off-day. Stop by your local driving range and work it out there. Remember, golf is a game! So have fun and I will see ya on the first tee.

Ben Alexander is a PGA teaching professional who formerly taught in Pebble Beach and now teaches golf lessons at Lake Shastina Golf Resort. He was awarded the PGA Teacher of the Year twice and was nominated for National PGA Teacher of the Year, To contact Ben call (831) 277-9001.