What do you call a driving range that bans drivers? An ironing range?
We'll find out soon, because Ten Cups driving range in San Antonio has banned the use of drivers. I know what you're thinking - it's a short range. That's not uncommon in cramped quarters - many golf courses have short ranges where only irons, or even just short irons, can be hit due to the short length of the range.
That's not the case at Ten Cups, where the owner, David Fineg, says he's just tired of digging balls out of the woods that have been hit by golfers who have no business trying to hit a driver. (Hat tip to Richard Oliver of the San Antonio Express-News for first publishing this story. You can Richard's blog by clicking on the Oliver's Twist link in our sidebar.)
"As far as I'm concerned, drivers are useless to amateurs," Fineg told the Express-News. Hmmm. As far as I'm concerned, a driving range that bans drivers is useless to golfers who need to practice ... their driving. That's what a driving range is, after all: a practice facility. How is a golfer supposed to get better with a driver when the practice facility says, "Sorry, you can't hit that club here"?
Now, Fineg is correct when he says drivers are useless to most amateurs. Let's face it: recreational golfers stink when it comes to hitting driver. As elevated a figure as Lee Trevino has said many times that amateurs shouldn't even carry a driver, they just get you into trouble.
But, c'mon, hitting driver is fun. That rare big bomb down the middle is what keeps many weekend hackers coming back to the game. The quest for a consistent, deep driver is what sends many of those hackers to driving ranges to practice.
So Fineg's choice at Ten Cups is odd ... but, then, so is Fineg. Check out the Ten Cups website for a taste of Fineg's eccentricities.
Meantime, we'll be watching to see what effect the new no-driver policy has at Ten Cups.