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To Speed or Not to Speed (Driving Range)

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 

So this winter I'll be hitting from a heated stall that plays by the half hour with "unlimited balls."

 

Would it be best to speed up the pre-shot routine to get the maximum amount of my time? Or would that be counterproductive? 

post #2 of 23
Counter productive.

I have the same problem in the winter. Heated dome that charges by the hour but the only way to make it economically within reason is to hit 3-4 buckets (80 ball buckets) in an hour. Machine gunning balls like that just makes me sloppy and ingrains all my worst flaws even more so I just don't bother.
post #3 of 23
I wouldn't go to such a range.
post #4 of 23
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Originally Posted by iacas View Post

I wouldn't go to such a range.

I would....assuming there aren't other more traditional options.

But I wouldn't allow myself to get caught up in the cost piece. Plan on an hour, do what you need to do, and accept that you're going to pay for the convenience of hitting balls in the dead of winter in a locale where you ordinarily couldn't.......
post #5 of 23
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Originally Posted by iacas View Post

I wouldn't go to such a range.

I don't have many other options...there is a golf dome further away. But I think I can get more bang for the buck at the heated stall one. 

post #6 of 23
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Originally Posted by Crim View Post
 

I don't have many other options...there is a golf dome further away. But I think I can get more bang for the buck at the heated stall one. 

 

I think you can get more out of working diligently at home in your garage than you can trying to resist the temptation to fire balls quickly.

 

How much will a half hour cost? Because when I'm practicing well that's about ten or fifteen balls.

post #7 of 23
Thread Starter 

Whoa, I actually think I just found a better place...

http://mngolfacademy.com/

 

$40.00 a month for unlimited time.

post #8 of 23
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Originally Posted by Crim View Post
 

Whoa, I actually think I just found a better place...

http://mngolfacademy.com/

 

$40.00 a month for unlimited time.

 

Stop thinking price matters when it comes to practicing. It's never how many golf balls you hit, it is the quality of practice you put in. You could easily hit 10x less in the amount of golf balls and get better gains in your golf game. 

post #9 of 23
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Originally Posted by saevel25 View Post
 

 

Stop thinking price matters when it comes to practicing. It's never how many golf balls you hit, it is the quality of practice you put in. You could easily hit 10x less in the amount of golf balls and get better gains in your golf game. 

That's why I think the place I linked is way better. I can take my time there. Going to go check it out. 

post #10 of 23

Yeah agree with what the other guys have said, it's about the quality of practice, not the quantity of balls you're hitting.  Some of my best practice is at home in front of a mirror.

post #11 of 23
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Originally Posted by David in FL View Post
 
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Originally Posted by iacas View Post

I wouldn't go to such a range.

I would....assuming there aren't other more traditional options.

But I wouldn't allow myself to get caught up in the cost piece. Plan on an hour, do what you need to do, and accept that you're going to pay for the convenience of hitting balls in the dead of winter in a locale where you ordinarily couldn't.......

Oh if only my locale was so-cal...

post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by Crim View Post
 

That's why I think the place I linked is way better. I can take my time there. Going to go check it out. 

 

$40/month - 12 month commitment, but compared to $30 for 55 minutes prime time (ouch), a great deal. Looks like a cool place though. Well designed web site as well.

 

Check out this reservation by stall page: https://rc.foreupsoftware.com/index.php/be/reservations/18689/3

post #13 of 23

Speed range work is inefficient cardio at best. I'm not much of a range rat. Range time is free at my home course with a membership or paid tee time, they have pyramids of balls out open to close. If I do show up with enough time to hit a few, say a half hour, I might hit 10-15 balls in that time. Usually just take one club. I'll use my PW to work on slow-mo stuff before moving on to full swing practice with pre-shot routine and then I pitch/chip a few to the closet target. I do most of that stuff at home, haven't hit a driver on the range all year.

post #14 of 23

I rarely bring my driver to the range as well, I'll hit 3W off the deck but not very often.

 

Lots of times I notice this at the range. This guy hits like 10 or some number of drivers one after another. Like a fusillade of bullets or a metronome. Boom, boom, boom. Then sits and rests and repeats. Like someone in the weight room doing bench presses only not 3 sets, more. 

post #15 of 23

I agree. Quantity vs. quality is a non acceptable condition. you're better off not practicing IMO. Even when I go out to play in a serious round, I would rather hit 10 balls to stretch out with a pace and tempo that suits my game, than hit 30 shots in the same time. All that would happen is that I would replicate that accelerated tempo, pace when I go out.

post #16 of 23
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Originally Posted by nevets88 View Post
 

I rarely bring my driver to the range as well, I'll hit 3W off the deck but not very often.

 

Lots of times I notice this at the range. This guy hits like 10 or some number of drivers one after another. Like a fusillade of bullets or a metronome. Boom, boom, boom. Then sits and rests and repeats. Like someone in the weight room doing bench presses only not 3 sets, more.

Funny thing is the guys doing this rarely realize the range is just 260 yards long.

post #17 of 23

Hi Group, 

 

I had the same problem but found a good place ( I'm in Montreal, Canada) for practicing  "Golf ONE".

It's on simulators and the advantage is to get really good feedback  on every shoots you take. 

 

The website is only available in french right now but no problem getting services in english on site.

http://golfone.ca

 

There again, you need not to hurry up and hit more balls possible for the time you pay.

 

Dan

post #18 of 23
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Originally Posted by GolfyDan View Post

Hi Group, 

I had the same problem but found a good place ( I'm in Montreal, Canada) for practicing  "Golf ONE".
It's on simulators and the advantage is to get really good feedback  on every shoots you take. 

The website is only available in french right now but no problem getting services in english on site.
http://golfone.ca

There again, you need not to hurry up and hit more balls possible for the time you pay.

Dan
That's the same problem. $30/hr when I may only need/want to hit ~20 balls in that session. I didn't see a monthly membership. You need to offer a membership of some kind if you want my business (and I'm in Montreal too) or an option to buy by the ball instead of time based charges. If you ever decide to offer those options PM me as I will likely be interested.

Good luck though, I'm sure you'll get a fair bit of clientele.
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