Good as he is, even Tiger Woods doesn't have a swing that is exactly the same for two consecutive shots, never mind two consecutive days.
For amateurs, that phenomena can be greatly magnified - the player who was striking the ball well yesterday discovers that today he couldn't hit a barn door with a banjo.
It therefore makes obvious sense to go to the range or practice ground before playing, if only to discover what sort of swing you have that day. You probably won't be able to fix it in the short time available but at least you'll be forewarned and, in many instances, able to compensate.
Of course, hitting a few shots and loosening the muscles is also a pretty good preparation in itself.
|| 17 - MAY 2002