Figuring Out Your Club Distances

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By Brennan W

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  1. Brennan W

    Brennan W
    Regina

    I'm trying to hone in on my yardages with each club more accurately and I'm looking for some suggestions on the best way to do this.

    There are a couple of indoor ranges available to me that have monitors that tell you the distance of each swing - this is definitely the easiest way, but can those distances be relied on?

    The other option is carrying around a GPS and writing down my distances during my round, but I find this cumbersome.

  2. Dale V

    Dale V
    Escondido, CA

    The indoor data might give you the best ability to come up with an average on each club. Go multiple times on different days to factor the way we all hit it a bit different on any given day. From that data you can take it to the course and adjust for weather conditions, wind, altitude, etc. that will alter your play. That's the real art of the game, knowing how to make those adjustments on any given day, during your round. Good luck and have fun.
  3. Darron K

    Darron K
    Fate, TX

    Yup, I would bang about 10 shots for each club. Take the average of each every day. I would minus erase the bad shots and only keep 10 solid shots (not nut nut perfect just not a bad shot...like off the toe/heel, worm burner etc). Once you get those numbers do the same each day you go. You'll get good practice and start to understand your carry distance. I have a sheet I created for myself that has multiple values for each club. I go about once a month to my friends and use his Trackman.
  4. Darryl M

    Darryl M
    Wichita, KS

    Like Dale said go several times to get an average, make sure though it's a trusted monitor you use or you could be way off on the course. I would use the carry average over total yards on most monitors that have high usage.
  5. Dale V

    Dale V
    Escondido, CA

    There is also some new technology like Arccos where you can install trackers on your clubs and record results as you play. Do the analysis on a download later when you get home. Appealing to the new technology generation. I'm too old-school and would find it a bit distracting to remember to tap the club each time. Works for some people and certainly an option for analyzing results and the end of each round.
  6. Tom B

    Tom B
    Northborough, MA

    Great advice, ;and take it all, since you need to know your distances for each club. I've played with people lots of times who are taking out the GPS or rangefinder to get the distance to the green or flag, but don't really know how far the clubs will actually go.
  7. Frank P

    Frank P
    Port St. Lucie, FL

    I think that the indoor monitor is good to establish a baseline provided it's a reliable monitor such as Trackman. Then I would go outdoors with a rangefinder and get some real world numbers under playing conditions.
  8. Brennan W

    Brennan W
    Regina

    Thanks for the feedback everyone! I plan to check my distances this weekend using the indoor range. It will be interesting to compare those distances to the distances I track on the course during a round.
  9. Dan C

    Dan C
    Naperville, IL

    I am in the same boat, thanks for the suggestions. I am looking at getting a rangefinder to help hone in on distances more accurately. I have been playing for 20+ years but I have always been more or less "winging it" for accurate club distances; pretty pathetic in this day and age with all the available technology, time for a change.
  10. Chuck Z

    Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

    I have used a range finder (Bushnell) for many years when I play and this has always been a big help. I retired in 2011 and play three to four times a week. Repitition is the best teacher and as they say, practice makes you a better golfer.
    I shoot the distance and know exactly which club to hit and in most cases it is close. Afterall we are amateurs.
  11. Gabriel G

    Gabriel G
    Cedar Park, TX

    Well I hope to achieve the level you have obtained. Working on buying a Bushnell ranger finder.
  12. Joey L

    Joey L
    Chico, Ca

    Look into getting Arccos. It’s tracks all of your shots and distances and complies all of your stats.
  13. Todd S

    Todd S
    Beavercreek, OH

    Keep in mind that none of those range yardages are any good if the ranges is using limited flight balls.
  14. I use a garmin watch. I hit one button before I hit, walk to my ball and hit another button. It's easy. I love it when I am on a good number, and I know I can hit my club with a full swing, and land within 10ft of my target. A GPS or bushnell are pretty useless if you don't know how far you hit your clubs. The trick is facturing in weather conditions and wind.

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