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So I have been playing some of my best golf this year. I’m consistently shooting in the low 80s and it feels great. I also bought a house (with a big garage I’ll be building a sim in) and have been getting to know the nearby courses. 

I’ve figured out the closest course to me is freaking awesome but the range is a beach. The range is 90% sand with a few pieces of grass sticking up. You could build a sandcastle from it. I figured out after going there a couple times to just swing like I’m in a fairway trap (focus on picking the ball and take a small to no divot at all) in order to not get a face full of sand and lose half my distance. 

My question is this - should I keep practicing on this range, or could it possibly screw up my swing? I actually think it might *help* my swing by punishing fat shots even more than usual, but I can tell I am purposefully avoiding taking a divot and it’s leading to lots of thin shots. Looking for opinions. 

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Don’t for the simple reason that your clubs will wear out much more quickly.

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You can always use a tee. When I get to a grass range that is well worn, I just use a tee to practice on. When I’m filming my swing, I do this to keep the ball position the same.


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17 hours ago, iacas said:

Don’t for the simple reason that your clubs will wear out much more quickly.


10 hours ago, boogielicious said:

You can always use a tee. When I get to a grass range that is well worn, I just use a tee to practice on. When I’m filming my swing, I do this to keep the ball position the same.

I think these are very good answers, and I always use tees under these conditions, as I find it very difficult to make good contact. I didn't know it would wear on the golf club anymore then regular sod/dirt, but I will keep that in mind.

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