Re: Colder temperatures and the effects on ball distance
Originally Posted by jgreen85
Well if you normally drive the ball 250 and now it's only going 200 (carry), you are about 20% short of normal...so you might hit a 7 iron 120 instead of 150. This would be an extreme example, say 30 degrees weather. The guys in England might have been playing in weather that reduced distance only 5 or 10%, of course sea level and air pressure will make a difference too. I think the temp rule would mostly apply to playing in the same neck of the woods. It's 40's and 50's where I am right now, my 5 iron is only going about 150-160 vs 185 on a warm day (I do rotate warm balls in my pocket though, so I'm not seeing a big difference in this case)
I read in the same research article that it takes a ball 2 hours to acclimate to new temps...so you could play most of a round rotating balls in your pocket without much difference. I've also heard touring pro's say their caddies keep balls in their pocket on cold days...