Golf Driving Ranges are large open areas where golfers can practice their swing. They can also include target greens and yardage markers. The golf Driving Range industry used to be a “mom and pop” operation but has gone through some major changes and is now being operated by large companies.
Traditionally, golf driving ranges have depended on revenue from sales of buckets of balls (most golf driving ranges sell buckets of balls of varying sizes – typically small, medium and large). But today’s large companies have added services such as providing golf lessons, a pro shop with all of the latest in golf club technology and food services. Some driving ranges also provide areas for practicing chip shots, sand trap shots and putting.
Golf Driving Ranges may have natural grass or rubber mats with a tee. If available, it is preferable to hit off the grass as this is more similar to playing on a golf course. Driving range balls differ very much from those that are used on the conditions you will face on the golf course. They typically don’t travel as far as they are often cheaper balls; with hard covers to make them last longer and in general are what I call “dead” balls. But the whole point is about hitting balls and building a routine golf swing memory.
A mistake by many beginning golfers is that they spend the largest amount of their practice time on hitting their driver and other long clubs. A golfer actually spends more time on the golf course chipping and putting. For practice, you should split your practice time between your long clubs and chipping and putting.
So have some fun out there on your next practice at the driving range.