December 05, 2018 at 04:21 PM
By Jeff M
I've always been taught to hit in a linear divot pattern with 0.5-1 inch spacing in between lines, which allows for faster recovery, and this practice has been promoted at every course and practice facility I've been to recently. I'm curious why on tour a lot of pros hit in a concentrated pattern, basically taking a big square swathe of turf out. Old habits die hard? Does it not matter as much on the perfectly manicured ranges they use? Space limitations? I'm genuinely curious, because I feel like as tour pros they should be setting a good example for the rest of us. Maybe I'm nitpicking, but after working at a course with a tiny range tee (a private, member owned club), it was actually a problem when people would destroy the turf to the point it would take twice as long as normal to grow back.
December 06, 2018 at 07:00 AM
Don OMadison, WI
Wade WRoanoke, VA
December 16, 2018 at 11:02 PM
Can depend heavily on the type of grass.
With bent grass, the linear pattern is much preferred.
With bermuda, the concentrated pattern can be repaired pretty easily.
All of the tour pros who live south of the Mason-Dixon line (which is the majority of them) are used to practicing on bermuda ranges. That might be why so many take a concentrated set of divots.
Frank PPort St. Lucie, FL
Kirk EMurfreesboro, TN
Brad KKirkland, WA
Samuel CPhoenix, AZ
December 20, 2018 at 04:22 PM
Ranges should put up a big sign with those divot images on it. I feel like not enough golfers even take the time to know this information.
Steve LFramingham, MA
Gabriel GCedar Park, TX
Haven't registered for Team Titleist yet?