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The Best Driving Range Supplies
Do you own a driving range? If so, you know how important the right gear is to golfers as well as how much difference regular practice can make when it comes to improving one's game. And if you own a driving range, then you want to make sure that your range stands out above the rest. Here is just some of the equipment that you might want to consider adding to your range.
Golfers using a driving range may hit anywhere from a couple of balls at a time to a couple hundred. The easiest way to deliver balls to the golfers is with a ball dispenser. Ball dispensers can take money or tokens and can be set to deliver just a few balls or a lot depending on what you want. And since ball dispensers are very accurate, it can save you a lot of time over sitting there and counting out tens or hundreds of balls for each individual customer.
The downside of having a driving range is that every ball that gets hit out has to be picked up. Some ranges have an employee performing this by hand, while others choose to have a cart or tractor do the job. Either way, a ball picker will make the job easier. If your driving range does the job by hand, consider a hand-pushed picker to make the job quicker and easier and to avoid the injuries caused by constantly bending over. For large or very active ranges, a ball picker that attaches to a golf cart or tractor is a better investment. You simply figure out the type of terrain that you have and purchase the picker that is best suited for the job.
Once the balls have been hit out and then picked back up again they are probably going to need to be cleaned. Doing this by hand will be a tedious experience so investing in a ball washer can save time and payroll dollars. Ball washers can wash thousands of balls in an hour, so all you have to do is reload your ball dispenser.
Setting up the range
Besides dealing with the balls, there are certain things that you can do to make your range better, more stylish, or just easier to upkeep. Some things you might consider include:
- Range mats. Range mats give golfers an area to stand that simulates the actual green. Mats are designed for heavy traffic and lots of use.
- Netting. If you have a limited area for your driving range, or just want to make it easier to clean up balls, netting can help keep balls where you want them.
- Bag stands. Bag stands can be an easy way to display rental or sale clubs. They can also be a way to help keep the driving range area tidy by providing users a place to store their bag while they practice.
- Baskets/pails. If you are dispensing balls by the hundreds, you will need something for golfers to carry them in. Baskets or pails can make dispensing and carrying easier.
- Range banners. For longer driving ranges, you will want golfers to know how far they hit the ball. Range banners provide a visible and durable marker for 100 yards, 150 yards, 200 yards, etc.
- Tee holders. If you decide to use range mats, then you will need a way for golfers to set up their shots without causing damage. Tee holders help to hold the tee in place without causing damage to your mats.
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