Knowing how far you hit your golf clubs is one of the most important, yet overlooked aspects of golf and a critical aspect to performing to your best capabilities on the golf course. I mean, how can you perform well when even if you hit a great shot, you short-side yourself in the greenside bunker and what you thought would be a good chance at Bird, winds up being a testy 5-fotter for bogey!!!
I don’t mean to vent, but one of my biggest pet peeves on the course is when we get to a par-3. Say the hole is 150 yards into a slight breeze and a little uphill. Now I say to my partner that I think “it is playing 157 yards, so I am going to hit a 9-iron”…
My partner agrees it is playing 157 (all variables factored in) and he proceeds to say, yeah, I think 9 is the club!!! Now, I know because of my life-long work at hitting the ball a long way, that I am a longer than average hitter. You might even say I am a very long hitter. So why would he hit a 9 just because I am??
I tell you a lot of it has to do with pride and testosterone!!! No way he is going to hit a 9-irn 157 yards… And sure enough, short-city in the trap and he proceeds to bogey the hole…
This is why it is soooo important to have your own Golf Distance Club Tracker and know exactly how far YOU hit each of your clubs. It is so annoying how guys will just assume they hit a 7-irn 160 yards when they really have never measured it to the yard.
Before setting foot on your local Public Links, Country Club or TPC – sanctioned course, hit a few buckets of balls at the local driving range. Although the range is open, there a fewer cattle to get in the way of your slices or hooks or worm burners.
The time spent on the range will help you determine two things – how straight you are hitting the ball and, if you are hitting it straight, how far.
The more buckets of balls the more you learn about yourself and what steps to take to improve how you strike the ball.
It’s like zeroing in a new rifle at the start deer season. You can judge your distance and accuracy with any given club to create your own Golf Distance Finder. It’s always good to take along a small notepad (you know one of those with the spiral wiring on the top that’ll fit in your shirt pocket). Record the clubs you hit and record how far you just hit them. For example:
Pitching Wedge= 110 Yards
As so on and so on for all your clubs construct your Golf Distance Finder in a way to allow for improvement. It’s a good idea to track your Golf Distance Club every three months.
You can find a club distance chart her on my site by clicking here…
On the chart, you should try to hit 10 shots with each club in your bag and the spreadsheet will average them out for you and give you the avg. distance you hit each club. It will also compare your averages with fellow amateurs and pros, so you can see where you fall in the big scheme of things.
This will be a critical exercise in your development as a player and you should never fail on a shot because you thought you hit a certain club a certain yardage and were wrong.
So, once you see your averages, you will take these numbers on the course with the full confidence that when you get a yardage, you know if you execute the shot, your percentage that you will have a favorable result improve 10-fold!!!
And with practice, practice, practice and more practices, those distances will improve and you can go and do the exercise again to adjust your numbers.
So when you finally get to your favorite cow pasture, you will be able to pull out your trusty distance chart and plot your moves through the mine fields of sand, water, trees and any other obstacles on to the ball yards that may have been erected to test your patience and proficiency.
They tell how the New York Yankee baseball Clipper Joe DiMaggio would examine his space in centerfield before every game at a ball park. He would check the height of the grass, hardness of the surface and strength and direction of the wind before every game. Those practices are good habits to form for any golfer.
Before beginning your round, check the hole’s distance on the course’s score card. The course layout is like a GPS: On it are each hole’s length, its configuration, and location of hazards on the fairways and positions of the holes on the greens.
You’ll probably drive your golfing buddies crazy, but they’ll get over it. If the exercise improves your game, they’ll be asking you how you did it, and they’ll figure you are a genius or something and want to copy your routine.
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