The backyard range is open!

I’m finally set up with my new Callaway driving net and Dura Pro range mat. Construction of my hitting platform is done and the backyard range is open! Check out this video snippet of the first shot. Now my family of non-golfers are whacking balls with growing regularity and all of a sudden, I’m in the market for some women’s clubs.

Usually I get my off-range work in up at the adjacent school field, but can only hit pitching wedges due to space limitations.  Now that the school year has started, the field is no longer available but this get up is great!  I’ve banged over 100 balls over two days and mostly with driver.  Not one has gotten through (won’t discuss the few hosel hits from the non-golfers that went a bit wide.)

Total cost for the mat, net, and wood to build the platform was about $300 and should easily pay for itself in terms of better ball striking satisfaction and lower practice costs.  Last item in my shopping cart is a floodlight and I’ll be setup for night action deep into November – December.  The truly great benefit is the convenience.  You belt a couple dozen, come in for dinner and head back out.  The AC, TV, and refrigerator are just steps away.  Commercial during a football game – half a dozen drivers are in order.  This Fall is going to be fun!

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About Brian Penn

Avid sports fan and golf nut. I am a lifelong resident of the Washington D.C. area and love to follow the local teams. Also worked as a golf professional in the Middle Atlantic PGA for several years and am intrigued by the game to no end. I love to play and practice and am dedicated to continual improvement.
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2 Responses to The backyard range is open!

  1. This is great. Now you just need to suggest a modified “apartment” version for us city dwelling folk, market it and sell it! I would buy one.

  2. brianpenn says:

    Ha, make sure you modify your ceilings to 9′. I hit one winter in a buddy’s indoor net and my first swing took out a chunk of plaster in his 8′ ceiling. Afterward I inadvertently flattened my swing to keep from hitting the ceiling and found the following spring that I had totally wrecked my swing.

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