It is always a far to familiar sight at the driving range…multiple golfers with a driver in hand trying to hit the small white ball over the back fence of the 350 yard plus driving range. This is not practice, this is male ego on steroids.
Each golfer that makes the effort to spend several hours down the range hitting ball after ball needs a routine and purpose to each session. It is pointless just turning up and hitting balls into the distance.
At first, to warm up, grab a 7 iron and hit the balls at 75%. Slowly increasing to 100% after you feel warm and have stretched off.
The general rule of thumb is to spend as much time practising with a particular club as you do using that club on a round of golf. Therefore, you may use your driver 13/15 times a round at most so it does not need all your time on the range. With this in mind most of your time practising should be focused on your short game , in particular, putting. As they say drive for show, putt for dough.
Once you feel comfortable and ready to focus on your session start with your lowest iron, usually the 9 iron. Depending on the amount of time you intend to spend at the range, use more balls on the lower irons in your bag reducing the number hit as you work your way up to 4 iron, then fairway woods and finally the driver.
Say you spend 1 hour at the range, spend 20 mins working through your irons, fairway woods and driver. 20 mins on the short game, including putter. 10 mins on anything you particularly want to work through and then 10 mins warming down. ideally you should be spending anything between 2-3 hours at the range. You need the time to work through issues encountered on the last round, perhaps practice new techniques/style’s learnt on last lessons or what you’ve picked up through one of the latest golf tuition mobile apps.
You need to make practice count. Have clear goals and a purpose to your session at the range. There is no benefit to getting a bag of balls and hitting them one after the other.