That he can in fact destroy a good grass driving range.
I have seen your swing thread............
Good on ya!
That's step one.....now you need to become an ambassador and ensure that the word gets out too. Don't let people mess up your range, and course.
Oh, absolutely. I've mentioned it before as well. I've seen posters in pro shops and restrooms showing you how to fix a pitch mark, and notes everywhere reminding you to replace or sand your divots on the course, but I've never seen a course that has posted directions on how to use the range. They need to change that. :)
I also learned something too, I always thought a tight patch was the correct method, though it may look better and show that the person cares it still isn't the best way overall. Funny just the other day after 3 buckets and 5 rows about 3' long I came back a couple days later to see someone used the strips I left to hit balls off of basically destroying the root system I left in place, just shows you no matter how hard you try sometimes there will be some one there to destroy it. To @BigDStars187 I'm glad to see you being a good sport over this and I didn't mean to sound like I was picking on you as much as wanting to just show you a better method wasn't entirely correct either oh well. Like @David in FL says now be an ambassador that helps people understand that this method is better not just for the range but for the golfers since they will have a nicer grass range to hit from versus a mine field, there is ways of letting folks know without them getting an attitude and actually it will surprise you how many folks will be appreciative for the info.
Depends on how deep and soft the turf is. I cannot hit a clean shot to save my life on a tight lie unless I take a bigger divot. If the turf is fluffy, I "can" clip it perfectly, where it seems like I simply cut the grass.
That being said, my opinion is this.
Your divots seem a little deep, and a little left (I don't know if you are right/left handed or where the target is, or what shape of shot you're trying to hit). If anyone gives you flack about digging in too deep, watch any tournament on any day, and look at the divots the pros take on their mid to short irons. HUGE divots!
Definitely learned something on this thread. Thanks for the info guys. I only ever hit off mats (whether my own with the BirdieBalls or at the range). Everyone once in a while I'll play a nicer course with a grass range and warm up there, and I've always wondered how the grass range doesn't end up destroyed. I've always ended up leaving a mix of strips and rectangles, much closer to the optimal noted here than the OP (I mean, it's just common sense not to leave a total minefield), but definitely not exactly like the example in the video. Good stuff.
Also, there's been some mention that sometimes rectangles are better (maybe if given local weather patterns and grass types natural growth will never be fast enough, so you want to reseed anyway and then rectangles take up less overall range space than separated strips?). In the video he said straight up that rectangles are much worse than strips. Anyone know for sure? If it depends on predominant grass type and weather, does anyone know if generally that argues for strips or rectangles in SoCal?