Golf Course – C.A.D. Range, What’s That?

While going to the golf driving range is a great place to hone your golfing skills and certainly should be the very first stop for the new golfer, it doesn’t always replicate the conditions you will find on a golf course.

Typically, the best you will find at a golf driving range (although not very common for all) will be:

CAD Ranging is a phrase coined by Mike Taylor & Meazles Golf and is simply using the golf course as a driving range (Course ADriving – Range).

  • A relatively flat surface to tee your golf ball on the ground and or mats  to help facilitate easily hitting the ball.
  • One of two sand traps to practice hitting out of the sand.
  • A chipping green to chip onto the green and practice around the green shots.
  • One or two putting greens

All of these amenities will certainly help to elevate your game in golf but still you will lack the true conditions of the actual course and subsequently you will find yourself with a bad case of “peripheral-perception syndrome” when you get to the golf course and try to hit your shot under true conditions.

Although “CAD Ranging” will be frown upon by other golfers and prohibited by the golf course on a bright sunny day, the golf course would love for you to “CAD Range on a rainy day, cold to brisk day and even a strong windy day because those are days that very few golfers will venture out on.

Quite frankly, those are “EXACTLY” the best days to CAD Range on.  Here are a few things you can accomplish while CAD Ranging:

  • You can take your time and hit several balls from the tee and try different things as you might at the dedicated golf driving range.
  • You can practice hitting shots above your feet (up-hill lie) which you can’t do at most golf driving ranges.
  • You can practice hitting shots below your feet (down-hill lie) which you can’t do at most golf driving ranges.
  • You can practice hitting a side-hill lie (up) which you can’t practice on “any” golf driving range.
  • You can practice an side-hill lie which (down) you can’t practice on “any” golf driving range.
  • You can practice sand shots which isn’t possible at every golf driving range.
  • You can practice knock-down shots which you can’t get a true feel or appreciation for the shot on a golf driving range.