From a Distance the Flag Looks Round and Green

From a distance
The world looks blue and green
And the snow capped mountains white
From a distance
The ocean meets the stream
And the eagle takes to flight…

Many of you are no doubt familiar with this memorable ballad that was sung by Bette Midler in 1990. And while it is a beautiful song, it is appropriate in this context because we are standing  staring at the flag and wondering…how far away is it? From a distance, we could use our eye and make an estimate. We could look for a distance marker on the fairway, and know how far it is to the middle of the green after pacing off some steps from the marker to where our ball is and doing some quick math in our heads.

But for the chance for More Pars in your rounds of golf, there is no substitute for precision, because we can sometimes be off in our estimates by 10-20 yards or more. I know this because I play with people who don’t own any technology and give me distances they think they are from the flag that are off by a club or more. (I have to admit, some do provide pretty precise estimates which make me wonder whether my investment in technology was an unnecessary expense! If you are one of these people, disregard this blog entry! <g>)

I live and die by 2 tools I carry with me on the course. The first is the Bushnell Rangefinder I own, which gives me the exact distance from my ball to the pin. The other is my SkyCaddie, which tells me how far it is to the front, middle, and back of the green.

If you are a golfer and are asked for a present, some kind of rangefinder so you can tell how far you are from the pin should be at the top of your list to Santa! Carry one of these, and you can safely say as you are choosing your club: From a distance, the flag looks 174 yards away, and the hole looks round and green!

Matt




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