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The modern dos and don’ts of the driving range

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dos and don'ts of the driving range

Without a doubt, the range may be scary, especially for amateur golfers. It may seem like hundreds of eyes are examining your swing when you hit an incorrect shot. But in truth, everyone is only preoccupied with their particular game. For new golfers, coming to that realisation can be a significant step toward overcoming intimidation.

Driving ranges assume a particular kind of decorum, just like on the golf field. Beginner shooters may find it difficult to handle how picky some range visitors may be about their surroundings.

On the driving range, there are a few easy things we can all do or refrain from doing to make each other feel more at ease and calm. It’s always vital to brush up on proper range behaviour, regardless of whether you’re a weekend warrior or a competitive player, a guy or a woman, new to the game or a scratch golfer. Listed here are some current range “does and don’ts” for your upcoming warm-up.

The craft of divot patching

First, the most crucial guideline. A tidy divot pattern should be produced by your shots if you are driving on a grass driving range. Keep your lawn damage to a small area at the absolute least, although spaced-out straight lines are better for the maintenance team. We’ve all approached a range slot before and been discouraged by how the previous visitor ruthlessly tore up the lush grass. According to the USGA, “The turf will recover swiftly as long as a minimum of 4 inches of living turf is retained between strips of divots. This divot design is chosen because it destroys the least amount of turf and encourages rapid healing.

Your other players and the grounds crew will both appreciate it if you keep your divots under control.

According to the USGA, this is a helpful way to picture it

Don’t share your swing tips with others.

Do your utmost to avoid offering unwelcome swing advice. It might be challenging to resist the impulse to help someone who appears to be having difficulty on the range. Giving unsolicited advice, though, could make inexperienced players feel overly watched while they’re practising. Discouragement is the last thing a struggling golfer needs. The best course of action is to let them resolve it on their own. If they ask for your assistance, go ahead.

Golden silence

On the range, make an effort to minimise talk and other noise. Be aware of your surroundings if you’re there with a companion. Giving a pal some advice is certainly OK, but try not to speak so loudly that everyone on the range can hear you. If your friend is talking too much, let them know if you think they are being too loud. Respect others’ need to concentrate on their game by keeping your noise to a minimum, just like you would on the golf course.

Music for your own enjoyment, not to occupy others

The preceding adage about silence also applies to music. These days, some ranges have speakers that play music, which is entertaining. But don’t be the one to play loud music in your neighbours’ faces. Speakers are not recommended; headphones are.

That also applies to phone calls.

If you need to make or receive a call, be decent and move far enough away so that no one can hear you. Think about how you’d feel if someone were yapping about their dinner plans while you were taking a backswing; it happens far too frequently at the range.

Observe carefully.

You occasionally come across a player on the practise field with a flawless swing, and you want to sit and watch them stripe balls for hours. This is a normal response, but be careful not to stand in their line of sight or directly behind them. It can be really annoying to catch a glimpse of someone watching you practise out of the corner of your eye. If they’re taking a break from their practise routine, keep an eye on them from a distance and feel free to congratulate them!

Trying to hit the ball-retrieving man? That is improper.

Although it might be tempting, avoid aiming at the cart that retrieves balls. Everyone has experienced the satisfying “ding” that echoes as your ball strikes the metal safety gate, and we all know how enjoyable it can be. Just try to perform your duties as many golfers are actively swinging stingers in your direction. Ultimately, striking the cart driver is just disrespectful.

Keep your flirting to the bar.

Here’s a tip for you guys: don’t try to approach women on the driving range. Even though it’s unusual to see a woman hitting balls by herself, that doesn’t give you the right to approach her and ask for her phone number. Like you, they are there to practise.

“One more please!”

Your time at the range is almost up, and the number of balls you have left is getting smaller. You don’t want to be the player who runs out to the range to get a few more balls, so make sure you plan out how you will use your final few shots. That might not turn out well. Either invest in a new bucket or concede that this time you failed to “end on a good one.”

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