These 25 baskets are filled with thousands of balls a day. This equates to thousands of divots per day. Each baskets hold hundreds of ball and the baskets are re-filled numerous times per day.
When balls are spread out over the practice area, as in the photo on the right, this uses the most turf space. When golfers hit balls from a solid area, as shown in the left side of the photo, this takes the longest for the area to fully recover.
Therefore the linear ball placement, as located in the center of the photo, disturbs the least amount of turf and contributes to the quickest grow in and recovery of the turf.
Random or scattered hitting of balls uses the most teeing surface and should be avoided.
When large areas of turf are displaced by hitting in a concentrated location, this area will take months to re-establish and mature.
The linear ball placement method uses the least amount of turf and recovers the quickest. This is the recommended ball placement patter for practice.