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    Practice Preference

    If you had the choice between practicing on a driving range with range balls open to the elements and limited or no short game and putting facilities OR practicing at an indoor facility that had a range with simulators and launch monitors so you could measure with real balls at realistic targets, specifically designed short game/bunker area and putting green which would you chose and why??

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    Re: Practice Preference

    grass or mats?

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    I wouldn't really like hitting at a screen. I prefer to see the shape of the shot with my own eyes, rather than what a computer reckons the shape of the shot was. I don't have any rational reason to think the computer would get it wrong, but I'd just prefer to watch the ball go in 'real life' I guess. I like to just get 50 balls at the range and whack them all and see how they go really. Not too bothered about them being range balls and how far they go, as I'm really just looking for quality of strike and whether they draw/fade or go straight.
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    Re: Practice Preference

    Quote Originally Posted by Orikoru View Post
    I wouldn't really like hitting at a screen. I prefer to see the shape of the shot with my own eyes, rather than what a computer reckons the shape of the shot was. I don't have any rational reason to think the computer would get it wrong, but I'd just prefer to watch the ball go in 'real life' I guess. I like to just get 50 balls at the range and whack them all and see how they go really. Not too bothered about them being range balls and how far they go, as I'm really just looking for quality of strike and whether they draw/fade or go straight.
    Pretty much the same as this above, with the added comment that I drive an extra 30 minutes from a range 2 mins away from me to go on a grass bank driving range at The Warwickshire so it's as close to emulating what I would/could experience out on the course.

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    Depends on the weather today I'd definitely prefer the indoor facility, please. The world is ending outside of my office window at the moment.
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    Re: Practice Preference

    TIME to practice , heck time to play while working away would be nice....

    But my preference is off green grass.. that way you get proper stike and hit driver of tee height yiu use of the course.

    Never used a simulator.. must be fun when there 3 foot of snow outside!
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    For me it would depend if I could "trust" the machine to accurately represent what my ball was doing

    If I am outside, I can see the ball flight, I can see where it lands etc, Ive been on launch monitors and hit what I know would be a huge slice and the screen shows a gentle fade, hence my scepticism.

    But the chance to be able to practice everything, Driving, approach shots, Chipping and Putting at the same venue is obviously attractive, the ranges near me just dont have putting or chipping facilities
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    Re: Practice Preference

    Quote Originally Posted by Fish View Post
    Pretty much the same as this above, with the added comment that I drive an extra 30 minutes from a range 2 mins away from me to go on a grass bank driving range at The Warwickshire so it's as close to emulating what I would/could experience out on the course.
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    much prefer hitting balls into a simulator. Driving ranges are borderline pointless when you have to use the shocking balls we are usually subjected to.

    a sim gives me a baseline of distance etc making it a lot easier to adjust when in outdoor conditions.
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    It would be mats indoor.

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