Re: Best way to measure shot distance?
How did we ever live before GPS and laser rangefinders?!
I've never found yardage markers on the course to be so far off as to not be useful. I have a sneaking suspicion that some of the people who claim that they're inaccurate are upset because the measured yardage doesn't agree with their own estimate of the length of their shot! Damn thing says 150 yds to the center and I came up short
with my lob wedge, the marker must be wrong!
If you're talking driving distance as an example, either find a marker on the teebox, or use the center of the teebox as your reference point. That will usually coincide with the published yardage for the tees you're playing. You can check with the proshop to verify. Then just learn to walk a measured one yard pace. If the hole is 420 yds from the center of the box, and the tees are 10 yds up, you're playing from 410 yds. If you hit the ball 20 yds short of the 150 marker, you hit it from 410 to 170, or a drive of 240 yds. It's just not any more complicated than that......and golfers have been doing it that way for hundreds of years now.