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Old 10-04-2013, 02:32 PM
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Elevation impact on distance?

Tomorrow we have a C-tier scheduled on a recently-closed ball golf course called the Wabash Washout (original course closed for ongoing flooding issues...but is fine for our temp course )

I measured and set up a driving range, but there is a 2-3 foot drop from the teeing area. We may all feel like superstars with a bit of extra distance, but what should I tell people if asked if there is a measurable impact of throwing from the elevated tee?
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Old 10-04-2013, 02:38 PM
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For smaller elevation changes like that, 3' of distance for each 1' of elevation change is a pretty good rule of thumb. For that 2-3' of elevation, distances will be inflated by only 6-8' which is pretty minor.
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Old 10-04-2013, 02:47 PM
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Old 10-04-2013, 03:58 PM
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Yep, Mashy beat me to it...rule of thumb is 3-to-1.

E.g., for every 10' of elevation you gain, it'll add around 30' worth of distance.

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Old 10-04-2013, 06:17 PM
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and 60' of spray radius. The great equalizer!
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Old 10-07-2013, 10:28 AM
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Right. Wind will probably make more of a difference than 3' of elevation change. Yesterday, I threw a drive well over 400', and I was all proud of myself, but then I realized how far downhill the fairway is on that hole.
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Old 10-07-2013, 10:33 AM
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so is the inverse true? do you lose 3 foot for every foot the landing spot is above your throwing spot?
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One tough thing about juding elevation's effect on distance, is judging elevation to begin with.

There is a tendancy to underestimate the elevation change on a long hole with a very gradual slope, and to overestimate elevation change where part of the hole has a steep slope.
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so is the inverse true? do you lose 3 foot for every foot the landing spot is above your throwing spot?
I think more, but it depends on where the elevation change is, and how steep it is. A 10' wall 100' from the tee will affect your line differently from a gradual 10' slope starting 200' out.
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