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How to Profitably Use a Golf Driving Range

May 18, 2008
It is my assumption here that a definition or description of a driving range is not needed for the reader of this article.

Why Use a Driving Range?

Hitting straight drives is the aim of every golfer. Keeping the ball in play is essential to good scoring. The use of a driving range can help you achieve those objectives.

Newcomer Driving Range Tips

Welcome to the driving range, the place where every beginner should spend many hours hitting the ball in order to perfect their technique.

But, you will find more than beginner golfers at the driving range. You will also find seasoned golf players, those who find it important to sharpen up their skills whenever they find spare moments.

The Typical Driving Range

Most driving ranges are similar. Most contain at least 30 to 50 separate stalls. In this way, you can have your own individual space and privacy. You are separated from the other golfers by barriers made from wood or steal.

Inside will be a tray that contains your golf balls along with an artificial green turf mat, approximately 6 feet square. The average cost is around $5 for a bucket of balls. It will contain anywhere from 50 to 100 golf balls.

At the end of the artificial turf mat you will find a rubber tee that is located on one side of the area. This is where each golf ball will be placed for your shots. Larger golf clubs are typically used here, especially the driver.

However, many golf players may make their shots from the mat instead of the tee, using their irons. The reason is that this resembles the feel of hitting from real grass.

Your Goal In Using The Range

Your local driving range will have measured markers, located in the field which helps you to see the distance your ball has traveled. These markers should be 75 yards, 100 yards, 125 yards, 150 yards, 175 yards, 200 yards, & 250 yards.

The purpose of these measurements can be different for each golfer. For the beginner, he/she has an opportunity to find out how far each of his/her clubs will hit the ball. This is very important knowledge to draw upon when you are on the course.

Always Focus On A Target

As a bonus, some driving ranges offer simulated green areas. They will have flagsticks set up at different lengths. In this way, you can swing right for the hole.

However, flagstick or not, always have a target in mind when swinging. By hitting balls haphazardly, you will not learn how to focus on a target and control your shots when needed.

Why is the Use of a Driving Range Important?

Golfers involved in a game of eighteen holes get some practice, but this practice is not constant or focused on a particular skill. The play with a group of four on a course does not give a golfer the chance to take time to review what is going right or wrong.

Learn more in my other golf articles.
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