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Club Distances


I have recently been struggling with knowing my numbers and its frustrating to no end. How do you all get comfortable with knowing how far you hit each club consistently? Range, Trackman, something else? I haven't yet found a truly reliable way to measure.

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  1. Barry B

    I use my range finder at the beginning of my range sessions to scope out each target I'll be hitting at. It gives me a good number to start with and then I can adjust up/down depending on the wind. I also use my range finder during rounds, so once I shoot the target there isn't a lot of hesitation with picking a club.
    You might want to consider investing in a range finder.
  2. Elson C

    I have struggled with the same issue.
    This year I have added an arccos tracking system, so I can try to get a better picture of where I stand.
    you can find them online for less than 50 bucks

    Unfortunately, since I have not played with them yet, I cannot yet give an honest feedback how it works for my self.
    Since we are still getting snow in Michigan, I might not be out for a couple weeks.
  3. Mike H

    What has worked the best for me is using a laser range finder and hitting real life shots on the course. I want to know the club and a feeling to get distance I am not going to be hitting a club the same like on a range to just figure out my max distance. Find an empty course, usually twilight rounds, and a distance and practice different shape shots to the number.
  4. Jeffery M

    For the last few winters, living in NW Ohio, I’ve been going to a simulator once a week to hit balls. My numbers are spot on with each club as the simulator is accurate. The other factors you have to take into consideration is weather, wind, etc. with your yardages. Very satisfying when you pull the right club and hit that shot that’s dead on. Works for me. Good luck.
  5. J.R. F

    We are still getting intermittent snow in northern Indiana. I have only had a couple of chances to get out since I got my AP3s. For now I am relying on my Trackman info and adjusting for conditions. It is hard to tell what my yardages are going to be at this point.
  6. RKelly

    I've a fair idea but I'm getting the Arccos system soon.

    It has a caddy feature after a few rounds that calculates with weather and slope what club you should use.


  7. Chuck Z

    By playing and practice. I have a Bushnell range finder and after using it for a few years I know pretty much which club to use once I shoot the yardage. I have my irons checked at least once a year to ensure that the lofts are correct. As amateurs our yardages are approximates.
  8. Tom C.

    There's no substitute from learning your distances using your normal ball, under real course and weather conditions, and playing for a real score. A laser helps tremendously.

    Used the ARCCOS System all of last year. Gives me my average distance on all my clubs. This highlighted big issues I had with certain clubs....the 5 iron went as far as my 8 iron was the same as my 9... went to a hybrid to replace my 5 and had my 8 iron made stronger. Great system got use to the phone in my front pocket right away and I thought that was going to be the biggest problem.
  10. MSilver

    Thanks for the info. Still a bit of a challenge in the north east with the weather but looks like it is going to start getting to spring-like weather. Sounds like my best bet is to rent time at a sim and really hammer this out.
  11. ADeLucia

    I would try to get on trackman if you can. Usually it’s accurate to a yard or two so it’s really helpful in figuring out your distances especially getting dialed in with your wedges
  12. Richard A

    What I do is when it's not busy and not likely to hold anyone up is to use my Garmin and start from 110 yds which is the distance for my standard pitching wedge then walk closer to a distance of about 10 to 15 yds increments depending on what your lofts are, until I get the right club to match the right distance. Its best to do this on the course as you get a better feel for the shot. Sorted.
  13. TNewsted

    a few things to remember about the yardages. 1.) if it is still cold where you live remember that the ball is harder and the air is thicker so what was your 160 yard club may now be a 150 yard club. The thing is that when the temps return to summer conditions that you will need to readjust for them. 2.) What others have said about the range finders is perfect. Shoot the yardage flags/polls and then figure out what club you hit to that distance.
  14. duke m

    I agree with some others, there is no substitute for real conditions. I use my Bushnell watch on my home course early in the morning when no one else is there. This will give you a reliable distance for each club. The problem this spring has been figuring in the effects of cold weather and shifty winds.
  15. Peter M

    No way going to simulators, they are imprecise. Either a professional equipment like Trackman, or real life. Driving range is a good proxy. Having a GPS device on course helps. Par 3s tell you about your tee shots distances. Approach shots about your from turf distances.
    But I am not quite getting your problem. For me it just means lack of attention. Anyone interested knows the distances of irons and with a little brain also of the driver.
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