It has often amazed me how a golfer's personality tends to shine through in the manner in which they practice. Some are neat and tidy while others seem to be all over the map! Good golfers however, always seem to manage their practice sessions and the turf they have at their disposal. Creating good divot patterns when you practice might not be the key to you shooting under par, but you'll look good and might even make a few friends while you're at it...
The excavator tends to:
- be a more experienced and often, better player
- clear cut any and all life forms from the rectangle where they've been hitting irons
- make it very difficult for the turf they use to grow back in a timely fashion
- cause the practice tee to be uneven and wavy
The roamer tends to:
- use up as much space on the practice tee as is humanly possible
- be a type AA personality
- not be too bad for turf growth and management
- makes it very difficult for the golfer using the space behind them
The striper tends to:
- be an experienced, better golfer
- is efficient with turf usage - they get the most out of the space they use
- make it easy for the turf to recover and fill in
- use an alignment aid to help both their golf and divot patterns
- is a friend to superintendents everywhere
This video with Chris Young, head superintendent at Berkeley Hall, will help you get the picture...
If you feel this article and video could be a help to golfers and superintendents where you play and practice please share it with them. This is a must share for all excavators and roamers you know.
Thanks for tuning in.