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From the Clubhouse podcast: How does the driving range stack up?


Do you need a Trackman? Is it all about the balls? Or would just putting in a heater do? Steve Carroll and Tom Irwin recount their best and worst driving range stints

What does a good driving range experience look like? Do we need fancy technology and an on-demand bar, or will a quiet corner, a bucket of balls, and a nice patch of grass do the job just as well?

On this week’s From the Clubhouse, a podcast from National Club Golfer, Tom Irwin and Steve Carroll dive into everything you may have ever considered about getting in a bit of practice.

Tom is in raptures about a recent driving range session with his kids, Steve bemoans the ‘indifferent’ quality of balls you can find at some facilities and the pair recount their best and worst moments.

They look at what makes a great driving range, whether club golf is lagging behind when it comes it providing the best experience for members and visitors, and Tom remembers the weird and wonderful characters who made his own time working at a driving range so memorable.

After mustering a passing score last week, Tom also has to find another level as Steve puts him through the R&A’s intermediate Rules of Golf quiz. How will he get on this time?

What do you expect from a stint at the driving range? What have been your best and worst experiences? Let us know your thoughts with a tweet.

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