Over the last couple of seasons, the PGA Tour has occasionally released detailed stats on exactly how the top players in the world warm up prior to their rounds. Last year, for instance, we learned that Jordan Spieth hit 139 shots prior to his second round at the Memorial Tournament – with 53 percent of those further than 100 yards. To start 2016, the PGA Tour took it to the next level releasing this video detailing exactly what shots Dustin Johnson hit to warm up for his opening round at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
At Golf Range Magazine, we encourage outside of the box thinking when it comes to ways to utilize your practice range. What recently occurred at Tranquilo Golf Club outside of Orlando, Florida takes the cake. Serving as the host site for a wedding-business summit, the range was transformed into a scene from “Alice in Wonderland.” Being able to see fireworks from Disney World just a few miles away added to the allure.
A photo of Tiger Woods on the practice range circulated earlier this month on social media and had the industry abuzz. Supposedly, the image was of Woods practicing recently on the range at the Bears Club before dawn, near his Jupiter, Florida home. However, after a great debate, it was later revealed that the image was taken over a year ago prior to the 2014 Honda Classic Pro-Am. There is still no timetable for Woods’ return to the sport.
You don’t have to be Topgolf to create a fun and vibrant atmosphere on the practice range. Cool Springs in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania is an elaborate redevelopment project that began when PCG Capital made the purchase in 2013 with plans to convert the aging golf center into a modern athletic complex serving a variety of sports. The rehabbed golf facility opened in July 2014 and features a fully-turfed, two-story golf practice range, housing more than 50 hitting bays, state-of-the-art golf simulation training rooms and a golf shop. They recently added Protracer Range 3.0 technology to the bottom deck hitting bays, allowing golfers to see the exact ball flight of each shot they strike.