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The Unwritten Rules of the PGA Tour Driving Range

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Yahoo Sports had an entertaining article today about Tour Players at the range. Give it a read, there's some very funny stuff going on each week.

At the range

I've quoted a few of the funnier comments


At first glance, every player looks great on the practice range at a PGA Tour event. Soaring tee shots. SMACK! Piercing irons. THWACK!
Look a little closer, though, and you can tell a lot about a guy—his star power, personality, social skills, habits, the state of his game or even his life.
It’s not all that dissimilar to high-school hallways all across America.


“There’s this beautiful rhythm,” says Paul Casey. “The players, usual caddies, the press, the reps, the staff. It all flows. Everybody’s aware of who’s working, who’s grinding, who needs to be pampered, who needs to be left alone.”


“This is our office,” says Brandt Snedeker. “We’re trying to get work done out here.”


Hovering near all those shadows are other operators, from caddies who sometimes double as bodyguards, to equipment reps hawking their wares, to the 10-percenters signing all those lucrative deals, down to the practice-range staff charged with keeping the place running.


“It’s funny, guys won’t hit each others’ balls, even if it’s the same type,” Lawton notes. “If there’s a bag with some leftovers, they’ll toss it out of the way and grab their own from here.”



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