As a new golf season rolls around, one may have gained muscle through work in the gym or improvements in form. On the other hand, some may have lost muscle and technique over the long winter. Regardless of which end of the totem pole you reside, an important question is posed when the golf season begins: How far is the ball going to go with this club?
As for me, I have gained a little bit of muscle and improved my swing greatly. Now, I'm unsure how far I hit some of my clubs. I have numbers set in my head, but sometimes the results on the course don't match up. In the past, my 4 iron has carried about 200 yards. Today, on the Par 3 12th at my home course, it was 208 yards to the back of the green and my ball had landed 10 yards too far. Also, I notice that I come up a few yards short of a pin at 100 yards with my 56 degree wedge.
What are your best methods to obtain accurate numbers to use for the season? At my local range, we have TopTracer installed which provides statistics on the previous shot. I just didn't know how accurate these numbers would be while hitting off of mats. I feel like yardages may be different when hitting off of the ground, as mats seem to be somewhat forgiving when you don't strike the ball first. If anyone could share their ideas on how they prepare their distances for the season, I would be greatly appreciative of any insight provided.
Best of luck to you all this summer on the course! Thank you in advance.