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10-04-2013, 02:32 PM
 bmeyaard Bogey Member Join Date: Dec 2008 Years Playing: 17.4 Courses Played: 50 Throwing Style: LHBH Posts: 50 Niced 0 Times in 0 Posts
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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#2
10-04-2013, 02:38 PM
 mashnut *Super Moderator* Join Date: Apr 2009 Location: Temecula, CA Years Playing: 15.7 Courses Played: 828 Throwing Style: RHBH Posts: 14,394 Niced 5 Times in 5 Posts

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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10-04-2013, 02:47 PM
 bmeyaard Bogey Member Join Date: Dec 2008 Years Playing: 17.4 Courses Played: 50 Throwing Style: LHBH Posts: 50 Niced 0 Times in 0 Posts

Thanks!
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10-04-2013, 03:58 PM
 Jukeshoe <------ [YOUR AD HERE] Join Date: Dec 2009 Location: A bubble. Years Playing: 8.1 Courses Played: 217 Posts: 7,328 Niced 7 Times in 5 Posts

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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10-04-2013, 06:17 PM
 Peterb Eagle Member Join Date: Mar 2009 Years Playing: 24.5 Courses Played: 78 Posts: 945 Niced 9 Times in 9 Posts

and 60' of spray radius. The great equalizer!
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10-04-2013, 08:04 PM
 Jukeshoe <------ [YOUR AD HERE] Join Date: Dec 2009 Location: A bubble. Years Playing: 8.1 Courses Played: 217 Posts: 7,328 Niced 7 Times in 5 Posts

Ha!
#7
10-07-2013, 10:28 AM
 Lewis * Ace Member * Join Date: Sep 2008 Location: Marietta, GA Years Playing: 10.3 Courses Played: 18 Throwing Style: RHBH Posts: 4,435 Niced 2 Times in 2 Posts

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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10-07-2013, 10:33 AM
 JerryW Newbie Join Date: Jul 2013 Years Playing: 37.4 Courses Played: 9 Throwing Style: RHBH Posts: 27 Niced 2 Times in 1 Post

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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10-07-2013, 10:45 AM
 DavidSauls * Ace Member * Join Date: Mar 2008 Location: Newberry, SC Years Playing: 22.3 Courses Played: 124 Posts: 12,832 Niced 568 Times in 326 Posts

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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10-07-2013, 10:48 AM
 Lewis * Ace Member * Join Date: Sep 2008 Location: Marietta, GA Years Playing: 10.3 Courses Played: 18 Throwing Style: RHBH Posts: 4,435 Niced 2 Times in 2 Posts

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 Originally Posted by JerryW 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.