If anyone wants to say hi, I often go to the driving range at the Highlands Performance Golf Center after work.
It is in Carrollton. Besides that I am mostly in Dallas and Plano.
The Highlands Golf Performance Center |
There's another way to look at practicing on a private course, while not member.
Private courses tend to be maintained to a higher quality than non private courses. . Since a non member will rarely play on a private course, why practice on those higher quality conditions? Would it not be better for the golfer to practice on conditions that better represent the condition they will be playing on?
Frowned upon by whom? Certainly not the members, or they wouldn’t be members. Perhaps they find the convenience of the availability of the practice ares, as well as that of multiple facilities within the metroplex to be worth the price. I certainly bet they don’t believe that their privileges cheapens their “country club” experience. Along the same lines, do the more crowded local public courses somehow “cheapen the sport”?
Sorry, but it all still sounds like a bit of sour grapes. All these people get to use the facilities, but I can’t...
Yeah, no such thing as a "best" putter in general. That said, a really good putter is the one that is fitted to the golfer's putting stroke. The putter that the golfer can make putts with.
During my putter buying days, one of my tests for a perspective putter was to hit balls off the center, toe, and hosel end of the putter face. If I found a putter that rolled the ball straight at my target, from those three club face locations, that putter showed promis. I was looking for off center, (sweet spot) impact forgiveness. Sadly, very few could accomplish that task. (Search the internet on how to locate the sweet spot on the putter face)
Also, the price of a putter has very little to do with performance for the individual golfer. I still have a couple of $300 putters I can't make putts with.
The putter that I used for well over 25 years, came out of a big box store, and cost me under $30. It was called a "Zone 1" putter. Together, we made a lot of single digit hndcp putts. It was tough retiring that critter, due damage.
I might also suggest, if possible, when trying out a putter, to test it out on a living, real grass green. Those in store, fake practice greens are not always a good representation of how well a putter rolls a ball.