Proper Practice Etiquette On Range & Greens

Josh Kelley

Josh Kelley

SwingU Instructor

The biggest thing that many players get wrong when they’re practicing is their divot patterns. They’ll drop balls and hit them wherever they come to rest, creating a scattered pattern that takes up a lot of room and wastes possible hitting areas quickly.

The best divot pattern for the grass you’re hitting off of is a linear one. The reasons are threefold. First, it takes up the least amount of room; second, it’s easier to fill the divots in with seed; and three, it is the best pattern to have the grass regrow the quickest. 

When you’re chipping or putting, make sure you’re abiding by the signs around the surface to find out whether chipping and putting, just chipping or just putting is allowed on each of those greens.

Finally, if you’re working on a putting drill that will require you to hit putt after putt from the same spot, be sure to put a towel down underneath your feet. This helps protect the green from spike marks or foot imprints that will develop if you’re standing on the same spot for a long period of time. 

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