The 11 Types Of People You'll Spot At The Driving Range

Whether it's the European Tour hopeful or the ones who are only there to hit the driving range buggy...recognise these?

The 11 Types Of People You'll Spot At The Driving Range

Whether it's the European Tour hopeful or the ones who are only there to hit the driving range buggy...recognise these?

The 11 Types Of People You'll Spot At The Driving Range

Driving ranges are interesting places, full of golfers and people from all different walks of life with different things they want to get out of the game.

Having spent numerous hours down the range over the years, I've noticed you'll always spot these certain types of people.

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Whether it's the European Tour hopeful, the businessman on his lunch break or the ones who are only there to hit the driving range buggy...recognise these?

The 11 Types Of People You'll Spot At The Driving Range

The European Tour hopeful

Tour bag? Check. Alignment sticks? Check. Headphones? Check. A golf swing? Maybe not. At least they've got their name on their bag. Oh, and don't forget the camera and tripod.

The club golfers

"Range and beers this week lads?" he says on the Whatsapp group to the delight of his roll-up buddies. They meet at 7 after work, hit the first 50 balls seriously and then begin the games, and side bets. Closest to the pin competitions, longest drive, flop shots, slices, hooks - you name it, but nobody cares who wins because it's all going behind the bar anyway.

The corporate lunch-breaker

In their suit and leather shoes they're pounding balls as they've got to get back to the office for a meeting in half an hour.

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The guy with his girlfriend

Does he hope she'll take up golf? Yes. Will she take up golf? Not after how hard he's making it look. She thinks she's impressed with his 150-yard 3 woods when in fact, she's not, she wants to get out of there.

The ones who only want to hit the range buggy

There's always one, or a few, whose sole intention is to take aim at the buggy that tidies the range. The poor guy. The range is deafened with laughter every 10 or so minutes when the target is found. When will they stop? Only when security kicks them out.

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The shanker

Try not to look, or you'll be infected with the socket rockets. They're methodically going through their backswing, looking great, turning through the ball, holding their finish...it's time to hit a shot - bam, a shank. This repeats itself 20, 50, 100 times.

The person who keeps hitting the ceiling or side of the bay

It's dangerous, loud and extremely irritating. Two pieces of advice: 1) Stop using such a high tee 2) Get a lesson.

The man with his kids

The wife's out for the day and he's got the kids, perfect - a range session and time to start up the pension fund. For 10 minutes he's forcing them to play until they lose interest and start asking to go home. But he's not listening, he's trying to finally cure that slice.

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The ones who have hired a club

Are they golfers? No. They're here to have fun! Armed with a baseball grip and a rented 2003 Hippo 6 iron they're bashing balls away all over the place. We like these kind of people, they make us feel better about our own games.

The man who only hits driver

Can he hit it far? Of course he can, and we're jealous of that...but how many of them go straight? Barely any.

The guy who brings his trolley

One word: Why?

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Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x