Thursday, August 27, 2015

Maximizing practice range size and reducing your carbon footprint

I must say, we are pleased with the overall condition of the course. The staff continues to do an excellent job. We wish we had a larger practice tee, but until then we must use what we have as judiciously as possible.
In order to maximize the efficiency of the range, correct placement of the golf ball when practicing is necessary. Our range tee at Briar Ridge is quite small, so this practice is very important for us to keep grass on it through the season. The first photo is an example of what we do want, long lines with a strip of grass between divot rows. The "divot line" can be filled in from both sides in a relatively short amount of time compared to large round or square areas of no grass. If you think about it, the only place we need any grass is immediately under the ball. Placing the ball at the rear of a divot means that relatively little grass is removed from each shot. A correct stroke will be a downward attack to the ball contacting the ball before the turf. Putting the ball in the back of a divot and imagining not removing any more turf, is an excellent practice thought.
The second photo is more common among players, it utilizes a large area, each shot carving its own space in the world. This player placed each ball in its own practice fairway. This type of ball placement uses a great deal of space and "wastes" a great deal of practice turf. Please be mindful of your fellow members and minimize your practice "footprint" this way, we can all enjoy practicing off the turf.
It looks like a great day for golf,

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