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Measuring yardage with laser while standing next to a marked sprinker head...


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#1 Mr Back

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:32 PM

Drives me crazy when people do this...Thoughts?


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Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:34 PM

Why?

I do it all the time and usually the sprinklers are off by enough to be glad that I did!

Now lasering the pin from 50 yrds out.... that is another story.
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Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:35 PM

Some people think they need to know it's 102.5yds to the pin and not just 100yds...

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:45 PM

Markers only give distance to middle.  I'd like to know if its 150 (marker), 122 front pin or as much as 172 to back pin.  That's anywhere from PW to 6i depending on wind.

You don't want to know that?

Takes less time than the extra putt or chip back to the green when I estimate yardage.  

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 10:06 PM

Yeah a hole location could be easily two clubs away from the center yardage. Just because the marker says 138 doesn't mean the hole is 138. It could be 153 if it's back. It could be 123 if it's front. I will sometimes stand at the marker to shoot a flag so I know how far back or in front of center it is. That way when I get to my ball I know that the pin is +7 or -12 or whatever. Having two numbers is better than one.


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Posted 12 February 2013 - 10:17 PM

View PostTitleist-Golfer, on 12 February 2013 - 09:45 PM, said:

Markers only give distance to middle.  I'd like to know if its 150 (marker), 122 front pin or as much as 172 to back pin.  That's anywhere from PW to 6i depending on wind.

You don't want to know that?

Takes less time than the extra putt or chip back to the green when I estimate yardage.  

Couldn't have said it better myself.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 10:17 PM

Use to play a course where they pulled all the sprinkler covers one fall and put them back the next spring. Evidently threw them all in the same bucket as yardages were all wacky, I think  they gave it their best guess as to where they belonged when replacing them. So I will never fault anyone for taking a few seconds to verify distance

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 10:34 PM

Hell, we have stone markers on par 3s at my home course that are off by 8-10 yards, and the hole was never redesigned.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 10:36 PM

the markers are measured to the middle and a 130 front pin vs. 155 back pin is a big difference.  What really annoys me are the people that take 3 practice strokes or read every putt from both ways.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 10:41 PM

View Postronstars, on 12 February 2013 - 09:34 PM, said:

Why?

I do it all the time and usually the sprinklers are off by enough to be glad that I did!

Now lasering the pin from 50 yrds out.... that is another story.

To me exact distance gets more important the closer I am to the pin, so yep, I laser from 50, 40, even 30 yards, maybe 25, who knows.....  Wherever I think I need to know the distance.

Here's my reasoning.  The exact distance to the pin becomes more important the closer I am.  From 50 yards, I want to get it in a tiny circle, so I need to know.  From 175, my circle of acceptance is pretty big.


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Posted 12 February 2013 - 11:09 PM

I will use my laser whenever i see fit. However at my course, the yardage markers are commonly known to be off by anywhere between 10-20 yards, sometimes more. So even when i was next to a 125yd sprinkler today, i shot the middle pin at 118. I flew the ball about 5 yards past, so if i played the yardage on the marker, i would've been well over the green and in a very bad bunker!

From closer, say 100 and in i do get a bit peeved when people shoot it from 15 yards away. I will shoot it from maybe 60 yards but anywhere inside that is all feel for me anyway! There is a woman at my course that lasers from literally, really i'm not kidding, 10 YARDS FROM THE GREEN! It's just a chip! Why would you laser it?!?! :russian_roulette:

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 11:15 PM

Absolutely necessary for players who can control their iron distances relatively well.

I can't even begin to count the amount of times a sprinkler is mismarked.

In addition, if the greens are large, how do I know where the pin really is without lasering it? I used to agree with you, then I started checking my "best guess" against actual yardages. I would be within two or three yards a good 80% of the time, but 20% of the time, I'd be off by as much as 5 to 10 yards. That's not good when you're playing competitive golf and trying to play your best. If you have a laser, it's a no-brainer to use it all the time.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:32 AM

I own a laser
I stand next to a sprinkler and don't even contemplate looking down at it....why would I?
I decided that I want precise numbers.
It doesn't slow the game down 1 bit
If anything it speeds up play....

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:05 AM

LOL............I laser or look at my range finder for almost every shot that is +50 yards out.  Like I can hit it 152.5 yards anyhow; I'm quite happy when I can get it within a 7 yard radius of my target.  I get some in there...2, 3, 4 feet, but that's what makes the game fun, hitting a shot just like the mental picture you had before you execute.
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 08:31 AM

View Postronstars, on 12 February 2013 - 09:34 PM, said:

Why?

I do it all the time and usually the sprinklers are off by enough to be glad that I did!

Now lasering the pin from 50 yrds out.... that is another story.

Interesting statement. I regularly practice my partial wedge shots (will often set out a towel every 10 yards from 20 to 60 yards). I would rather know the yardage to a blind shot (at 50 yards) vs. being able to see the pin but not know the yardage. But that is based on how I practice.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 08:34 AM

FWIW, a course that I play often had a marked sprinkler head that was 4 yards inside the 100 yard disk. The sprinkler head said "104 yards". They did fix that one (finally).

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 09:03 AM

I do this. Least i don't spend 5 minutes fishing for a top flight. Should i write my scores down while walking since you play so fast? Just saying ;)
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 09:34 AM

I can see both sides, kind of. If you're playing a course that either has pin positions or or the red, white, blue flag system then you can get a fairly good idea as to what the yardage is. However, a doctor doesn't operate on you in the "about" area in which you are hurt. Golf is a game of precision and if I can have the exact distance to the pin then I'm going to take that, every time.
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 09:41 AM

If you could trust the supplied markers universally then you probably wouldn't need another device.

I laser sometimes standing right next to another guy with a laser.  :)
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 09:49 AM

What's the point of buying a range finder if you're not going to use it? You paid money for it...use it whenever the heck you want to!


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Posted 13 February 2013 - 09:52 AM

I'm assuming you don't have a laser rangefinder?  If you did you wouldn't be asking this question.  My battery died in mine and I forgot to replace it this past weekend and it was hell trying to figure out my yardages.  It's a comfort thing as well.  It not only gives you the exact number to the pin but I use it also, if not more so, to get exact distances for obstacles I want to avoid.
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 10:57 AM

We have a green at our club that is long and narrow....could be anywhere from 80 to 120 from the hundo depending on the flag placement.....


Here's my thought....play your own game (and I do not mean that in a mean spirited way)

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 02:13 PM

View PostSmooth spin scott, on 13 February 2013 - 10:57 AM, said:

We have a green at our club that is long and narrow....could be anywhere from 80 to 120 from the hundo depending on the flag placement.....
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:43 PM

This might be one of the worst pet peeves I've ever heard of.  What does it take to shoot the pin and other obstacles around the green?  4? 6? 10 seconds?  As said above, we're not always shooting just the pin.  I regularly shoot the front of the bunker, the ground to carry the bunker, carry the water hazard, distance to trees over the green.  It takes almost no time at all.

I also shoot the yardages from 50 and in.  I can not tell the difference between a 70 yard shot and a 45 yard shot.  Also a 45 and a 30.  I'll think a number in my head, shoot it, and maybe, MAYBE, 5 times a SEASON I'll be spot on.  More times than not I'm off by 10 yards.  Again, what does it take, 4 seconds to shoot that?  Would you rather have me pace it off every time?  It takes a LONG time to pace off a 60 yard pitch.

What is the next insignficant pet peeve out there?  Hating people that wear belts and a hat on the course?  "I can't stand those folks that want their pants to stay up and keep the sun off their faces!"
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:52 PM

View PostAugster, on 13 February 2013 - 07:43 PM, said:

This might be one of the worst pet peeves I've ever heard of.  What does it take to shoot the pin and other obstacles around the green?  4? 6? 10 seconds?  As said above, we're not always shooting just the pin.  I regularly shoot the front of the bunker, the ground to carry the bunker, carry the water hazard, distance to trees over the green.  It takes almost no time at all.

I also shoot the yardages from 50 and in.  I can not tell the difference between a 70 yard shot and a 45 yard shot.  Also a 45 and a 30.  I'll think a number in my head, shoot it, and maybe, MAYBE, 5 times a SEASON I'll be spot on.  More times than not I'm off by 10 yards.  Again, what does it take, 4 seconds to shoot that?  Would you rather have me pace it off every time?  It takes a LONG time to pace off a 60 yard pitch.

What is the next insignficant pet peeve out there?  Hating people that wear belts and a hat on the course?  "I can't stand those folks that want their pants to stay up and keep the sun off their faces!"
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:57 PM

Would you rather have me step off the yardage inside 50' or use the laser?

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:59 PM

I played on Sunday. I lasered the flag for my buddy who was getting ready to hit. I told him it was 217 yards to the flag, which was in the middle of the green. He say no, it's okay he standing right on top the 200 yard marker, so he was gonna hit his 200 yard club. Pured it into the bunker in front of the green :rofl:

So yes, I will use my laser range finder anywhere, especially from less than 200 yards. Takes a few seconds to do, gives me more confidence to hit the shot. Not that I necessarily hit it where I aim........
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 08:07 PM

View PostGutz_it, on 13 February 2013 - 06:32 AM, said:

I own a laser
I stand next to a sprinkler and don't even contemplate looking down at it....why would I?
I decided that I want precise numbers.
It doesn't slow the game down 1 bit
If anything it speeds up play....

Exactly, the dick that see's the sprinkler then.....>>> Ummmmm, ahhhhhh....is it at the front or is it at the back? Hang on is it in the middle? Maybe its slightly between middle or back?? HMmmmmm..... tick tick tick..... I'll take a 6i... or hang on that might clear the green and theres trouble over the back ummmmm.... I'll put that back and take the 7i...tick tick tick.... that'll put it in the heart.... tick tick tick......oh hang on......tick tick.....

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 01:57 AM

My thought is, how long does it take to laser a yardage? Do you need those 4 seconds back?
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 02:02 AM

When I was caddying, we used to have a running bet who could be asked for a yardage from the shortest distance each day.  One day I had this conversation with a woman that was famous for getting useless yardages and being a very high handicap:

"How far is it Dan?"

Long pause followed by deep breath:" You've got 17 to the pin Mrs. Walters..."

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