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Quick Golf Tips - Five Tips On Gauging Yardage


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.

Most golfers know that they have to add or subtract yardage for uphill and downhill shots. But you also have to account for minor undulations in a course's topography. They can also affect shots. Dips and troughs in the fairway can make the green appear closes. The same holds true for steep lips in greenside bunkers. The pin may be much farther away than it appears. Check ground yardage, visual indicators, and pin placement on every approach shot.

Check the wind, too. It can dramatically affect shots. Throwing bits of grass in the air helps judge wind strength and direction. Also, study treetops, especially those around the green. They can really dampen the wind's effects. For players who hit the ball with higher trajectories, trees can create a wind tunnel that can greatly affect ball flight. For players who hit the ball lower, the trees protect the ball from the wind's affects.

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.


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