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Walking Off Yardages (Back in the Day)


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17 minutes ago, Double Mocha Man said:

As long as you trust that guy's rangefinder is reading the flagstick, not the tree over the green.

Trust is certainly the key...I don't have a laser rangefinder, but use a GPS watch that gives me front, middle, and back of green and is generally spot on.  A couple weeks ago I was paired with someone that had the laser and was friendly enough to announce everything.  But on one par 3, he gives a reading of 165 to a flag on the back of the green.  I'm looking at my watch and I have 145 to the center of the green, 159 to the back edge.  I've never played this course before so wasn't sure if it had been modified since coordinates were plugged into my watch or what, but I trust his laser, grab an extra club, and knock it 10 yards over the green.

After I swung I found a sprinkler head on the front of the tee box that matched my watch perfectly.  Not sure what his laser picked up.

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I recall, right after I purchased my laser rangefinder, that I boomed a drive on #9.  Used the rangefinder exclusively.  I hit a great nine iron 150 yards, thought it was going to be all over the flag.  It landed well up a wooded and blackberried hillside behind the green!  Then I looked to my right to notice the red yardage marker indicating 100 yards to the hole.

Now I always double check against any yardage markers.

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