So you’re closing out the back nine with a group of buddies when your ball takes a hard left-turn in mid-air for an Olympic swan-dive in the drink. You, of course, are pointing a finger at the wind, while your buddies are exchanging twenties on their odds bet. Who’s right? Bad news: we’ll never know. Because the 18th hole doesn’t have built-in feedback technology to show you what went right (and where mother nature wronged you). And of course, the outdoor driving range offers the same weather-driven whims.

Fact: the only way to conduct a true performance assessment is to strip down your surroundings, eliminate all external factors, and evaluate every corner of your swing independent of distractions.

It seems obvious, but we’re so conditioned to hit the outdoor range before we play, that we’re not really considering the many variables interfering with our test environment.

While outdoors is optimum for play, for practice, you’ll want to head inside.

Let’s break it down:


Outdoor Driving Range

The Good

Sun, fresh air



Test yourself in-game

The Not-so Good

Uncontrolled elements

Lack of privacy, focus

Inconsistent environmental aspects

No ball feedback

Rough “eyeballed” data


Indoor Golf Facility

Comfortable & controlled

Minimal distractions

Environmental consistencies

Instant data feedback

Privacy & focus

Focus on individual skills

Year-round practice

In the indoor environment of golf simulation, players can work on key aspects of swing mechanics and sequence – and most importantly, get specific, instantaneous feedback. The result is more consistency and all around improvement in your swing at all levels of experience. Learning and perfecting skills – including the avoidance of a dimpled swan dive – require focused concentration and application. Come by 4 Seasons Indoor Golf, and see the power of indoor practice for your game.