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Golf Game Management V: Altitude & Club Selection

Read other Parts from the Technology & Distance series, Short Game series and Off Season Golf series here, Archives.

Send me any suggestions you have for the next or future newsletters. Just submit your ideas using this simple form. Now on to this week's topic.

IV. How much farther do you hit the ball at an elevation of 5000 feet?

    The topic of this this series is Golf Game Management. Can you shoot lower scores without physical improvement? The answer is a resounding, YES! Not that I'm advocating not improving your ball striking and short game skill level.

   In the last two newsletters, I explained how you can use your shot pattern to make much wiser club selection choices on the course. If you would like an analysis of your shot pattern, you can send me some of your round statistics, I'll analyze it and send you back a report. Just download a free Excel Spreadsheet using the link, Download Excel Round, and e-mail me your results. I'll then send you a secure link to pay a reduced fee of $10.99 for Newsletter Members (regular fee is $12.99).

   Do you play very many courses that are at much different elevations than your home course. If you do, you realize that your "club print" (how far you hit your different clubs) is different at different elevations; but how different?

   As I've cited in previous newsletters, the majority of golfers come up short on their shots the majority of the time. Playing other courses at different elevations makes it even more difficult to hit the correct club for the shot. One needs to know the range for each club fairly accurately in order to have enough confidence to swing well. Doubt is the biggest destroyer of good golf shots.

   How much farther you hit each club at higher elevations is difficult to know unless you play a lot at those different elevations, unless you know a golf ball trajectroy expert (that's me). My trajectory model can accurately calculate the ranges of different clubs at different elevations, so there is no guessing, and far less doubt on your shots.

   For instance, at sea level, a certain golfer may fly a 7-iron 147 yards. At an elevation of 5000 feet (1524 metres), the golfer would fly same 7-iron 160 yards, or about 9% farther. Imagine a golfer trying to adjust to such a massive change in club ranges. I imagine you're experienced it yourself.

   The reason each club flies farther at high elevations is simply the fact that at higher elevations air pressure is less, air density is less, therefore there is less frictional drag on the ball.  Air friction is what slows a ball's forward motion.

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   Unfortunately, not every club in your bag will experience the same percentage increase in distance. You tee shots will fly farther, but not necessarily 9% farther. At higher elevations, the air is thinner so air drag is less, but so are the lift forces on the ball (which also depend on air density), so the ball may be in flight for less time. Different air densities mean different trajectories for all our clubs, period. The distance a drive rolls after landing depends on its angle of impact which is different at different elevations.

   I do provide a service to golfers which utilizes my computer model. Send me your own unique "club print" (how far you fly each club) and I'll calculate your modified "club print" at different altitudes from sea level to 9000 feet, with every 1000 feet in between. You'll just need to let me know the altitude of your home club where you play most of your golf.

Order your "Altitude Club Print" now and have greater confidence in your club selection when you travel to different courses. The cost is only $9.99, less than a sleeve of golf balls.

Get more info here.

Recall that my emphasis in this series is enabling yourself to make better club selections for all your shots. Having good understanding of your shot pattern plays a key role in where to aim and what club to select.

My premise is that all golfers can shoot lower scores without physically improving ball striking or their short game (not that I'm advocating not working on those skills), by making better club choices.

In a way, every time you hit a shot, it is a bit of a "turkey shoot." But by selecting what is statistically the best club to execute each shot, you'll lower your average score.

     If you would like an analysis of your shot pattern, you can send me some of your round statistics, I'll analyze it and send you back a report. Just download an Excel Spreadsheet using the link, Download Excel Round, and e-mail me your results.

To see a specific example of what this service provides, take a look at this shot pattern example. The service only costs $10.99 for Newsletter Members.

In future newsletters on this topic, we'll take a look at Game Management further in areas such as club selection based on wind, altitude, and temperature. We'll also look at Game Management as it applies to your short game and putting. There a lots of ways to make the best of what you currently have! We can all make better choices on the course.

Take a look below the suggestion box for some more ideas on how you can improve your game.

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A list of resources that have been used to produce this newsletter can be found on my web site here.

The focus of my site is to utilize science and math to lower your score. New technology is one way to achieve this, but to be honest, the technology is one small piece of the puzzle.

To actually improve significantly, we all need to:

1. Improve our swings using CD Interactive, Hit Down Dammit!

2. Learn how to swing simpler like the Iron Byron with the great coffee table book, Swing Machine Golf!

3. Improve our physical fitness and strength.
The Golf Trainer Power Performance Programô
and Ultimate Golf Fitness Ebook

4. Improve our mental games. Golf Mind Software

5. Improve our Probable Golf games. Learn how to make better choices on the course through knowing how shot patterns and reading the elements and course better.

Click on the links above to take a look at ways that I personally use myself and recommend you try as well.

Hope I provided some useful ways for to become better prepared for you best golf season ever.

Ken Tannar

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