How much distance do you lose in cold weather?
Posted 14 February 2013 - 07:11 PM
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:06 PM
"Here is the answer straight from my PGA Teaching Manual;
'The temperature of a golf ball affects its ability to rebound from the clubface. The following chart is the approximate influence of temperature on the ball for a shot that would normally carry 220 yards at 75 degree temperature.
Yards --- Temp
226 ------- 105
224 ------- 95
222 ------- 85
220 ------- 75
216 ------- 65
214 ------- 55
205 ------- 45
196 ------- 35
It gives the reasoning of rubber being a poor conductor of heat. So your answer; yes."
Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:02 PM
I think driver is easily 10-15% loss on cold cloudy day.
Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:06 PM
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 09:08 AM
If you can maintain your clubhead speed the real carry distance loss is due to the change in air density as the air gets colder and in general in winter the atmospheric pressure goes up. Both contribute to distance loss from the increased drag and lift (if that is detrimental to your carry distance,depends on your ball speed and launch angle).
In general because of the vastly different spin rates between clubs there is no one percentage loss for all clubs and ball speeds. The best you can do to determine the loss is to use a ball flight ballistics program like Trajectoware Drive on Dave T's site and screw around with the various inputs.
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 10:30 AM
Posted 15 February 2013 - 11:30 AM
Last week I was hitting balls in drizzly 45 degree weather and this week I'm playing in 80 degrees. 15 to 20 yards is what I'm getting. Part of it also is that you might swing more freely and turn better in the warmer weather.
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 12:14 AM
60* - 1%
50* - 2%
45* - 3%
40* - 4%
35* or less - 5%
Posted 16 February 2013 - 07:20 AM
1 - Don't store your golf balls in the garage. Keep them in the house.
2 - Keeping them in your pocket during your round will keep them warmer than in your bag (even better if you walk).
3 - If you find yourself in a position where you have to use balls that have been soaking up cold temps overnight, let them sit in a sink full of hot water for several minutes.
Posted 16 February 2013 - 08:17 AM
all science aside, this is what Ive noticed playing between 50-80+ in VA
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 08:45 AM
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