A driving range etiquette reminder!
As evidence of our driving range tee, golfers love to practice. With every swing of a iron, a divot is usually removed. Even just a quick warm up with 25-30 balls can be pretty damaging to the driving range tee depending on the divot pattern. Golfers have a big impact on the amount of turf coverage and performance of practice range tees. How one practices not only influences how much turf is removed with each swing, but also how quickly the turf will recover. The three most common divot patterns are: scattered, linear, and concentrated.
A scattered divot pattern is recommended for the golfer that does not take the large, deep divots consistent to what you see from a professional golfer. While this is divot pattern can be spatially inefficient, it will fill in faster than the other two. This is because the turf surrounding the divot is undisturbed, making it the easiest to fill in with time.
The linear divot pattern involves placing each shot directly behind the previous divot. In doing so, a linear pattern is created and only a small amount of turf is removed with each swing. This can usually be done for 15 to 20 shots before moving sideways to create a new line of divots. So long as a section of undisturbed turf is preserved between strips of divots, the turf will recover in quickly. Because this divot pattern is spatially efficient and promotes quick recovery, it is the preferred method for the golfer that is strictly practicing for an extended period of time.
A concentrated divot pattern removes all turf in a given area. While this approach is the most efficient use of space, by creating a large void in the turf canopy there is little opportunity for timely turf recovery. We strongly advise against this divot pattern.