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A Brief Message  Apr 11/05

  • Congratulations to Tiger Woods for becoming a 4-time Masters Champion and regaining his #1 World Ranking. Well done to Chris DiMarco for staying the course after a blip in the back nine of the 3rd round and taking Tiger to a playoff.
  • My last newsletter summarized the results of Dr. Lephart's interesting study on shot patterns. Click here. This newsletter takes a further look at club selection for uphill/downhill shots.
  • Augusta National has a number of significant elevation changes which add another challenge to the players. Club selection is crucial. Knowing how much an uphill shot plays longer and a downhill shot plays shorter plays a significant role.
  • Learn how to compensate for elevation changes so as to have the edge over your playing partners. I've used my computer golf ball projectile model to calculate how much you must compensate. Click here to learn more.
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Golf Game Management IV: Elevation Changes & Club Selection

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IV. One Club, Two Clubs, Three Clubs, What Club?

    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).

   If you watched the 2005 Masters, you might recall the commentators mentioning how good Woods' and DiMarco's distance control was with their irons. It was very impressive given that many of the iron shots at Augusta are uphill or downhill. Guessing with club selection can be very damaging to a player's ability to play the shot; doubt and uncertainty make it very difficult to commit to, and execute a golf shot.

   As I've cited in previous newsletters, the majority of golfers come up short on their shots the majority of the time. Hitting uphill or downhill makes it even more difficult to club properly, commit to and execute the shot. Uphill and downhill par 3s tend to have higher scoring averages for this reason.

  A major reason why golfers tend to play their own golf course better than others is familiarity with what clubs to hit. They are able to have more confidence in the clubs they select because of past rounds, are able to commit to the club they select and therefore execute better swings more often.

The science of golf ball trajectories is now well understood. As I have done with my mathematical model, its easy to determine the effect of each club's range when playing up to a green or down to a green. All one needs to do is estimate the elevation change, adjust your club selection and fire. In my report on compensating for elevation changes, I explain a very easy way of estimating elevation changes by just using the flagstick as a reference.

Try this simple experiment over your next 10 rounds:

† Keep track of how often you hit the correct club on each hole. Record as well whether you landed short or long due to a clubbing error or just mishitting the shot.
† Then compare your statistics between holes that are level and holes which involve an elevation change on your approach shot.
† I think you'll find that on holes which have elevation changes, you'll mis- club more and mis-hit more shots.
† The consequences of mis clubbing to your score are large.

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.

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

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.
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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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