Enhance Your playability of a Golf Course before Real Game
Below are five features that can be incorporated into a golf course to enhance playability for shorter hitters. These leveraging features will often make no difference to the low handicap player who is hitting a short iron into a green.
Speed chute – For the most part meaningless for the longer hitter, since their drive would clear this feature by 100 yards using a new Titleist 917 Driver Australia or more, but for the shorter hitter, the speed chute could propel the ball to gain distance. The landing area for the drive is still the most common location for a speed chute, but on par fives this element could also be used in common secondary, and tertiary landing areas for the shorter hitter.
Funnel – Most often to be used in the vicinity of a second or third shot landing area for the shorter hitter to assist the ball into a position away from a severe side-slope lie or worse, long rough on a severe side-slope. Another design intent of this landform is to funnel the shot away from a hazard that was not designed to challenge this calibre of player, but incidentally was located in a landing area affecting the shorter hitter.
Bumper – This land feature also affects the directional tendency of the golf ball. The difference between a bumper and a funnel is that while the funnel redirects the Titleist 917 Fairway Wood Australia to a more favourable position, the bumper just saves the ball from a penal hazard and bumps the ball elsewhere, not necessarily into a favourable position.
Launch pad – Since the shorter hitter frequently has difficulty getting the ball airborne, the launch pad sees the slope of the tee designed to assist them with the shot from Titleist AP1 Irons Australia, with the front of the tee elevated in relation to the back of the tee. To further assist the shorter hitter, a right to left bias in slope of the tee will somewhat help with correction of the high handicap right-handed hitter’s slice that is often associated with a slower swing speed.
Catcher’s mitt– This feature can be used on slopes where designers may have difficulty creating a landing area that will hold a particular shot, and is again a type of ‘saviour’. If the shorter hitter’s incoming shot is into a slope that will cause the ball to run back, the catcher’s mitt will prevent a long run-back of the golf ball. Finally, if the incoming shot is hitting a downslope that will propel the ball into a hazard, the catcher’s mitt can hold the ball short of the hazard.
With all of these interventions, the architect will want to carefully weigh whether or not the shorter hitter really needs the assistive leverage, and whether or not the location of the leveraging feature will also reduce the challenge for the low handicap player.