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Yardage markers on golf courses are usually accurate. But we've all played on courses where they weren't. Or, we've found ourselves in positions where yardage markers can't help. When that happens, it behooves you to determine distance from the pin. Estimating yardage requires you to judge distance from the hole, but also account for the effects of topography and wind.
Below are five tips on gauging yardage:
* Dips and troughs in front of the green can make the hole seem closer.
* Always check pin position. It may only appear to be behind a greenside bunker.
* Take the wind into account. Doing so helps you judge distance more accurately.
* Throw some grass to determine wind speed and direction.
* Always study the treetops, especially those around the green.
You can check the wind's speed and direction by checking out the club house patio on your way to the course. If a sunbrella umbrella on one of the patio tables whips around from the wind for example, you may be able to determine the wind's affects on the ball before getting to the tee.
Paying attention to these factors helps you judge distance more accurately. Over time, you'll develop a better feel for distance. In addition, you'll save strokes.