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How much distance do you lose in cold weather?


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#1 hacker101

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 07:11 PM

From say 80* to 50*. Irons seem easier to judge.just take an extra club when it starts getting cooler in he evening The driver goes no where when it gets cold and cloudy. Could the driver be a 10% loss...More or less?

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:06 PM

I read this in another site but can't vouch for accuracy.

"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."

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:02 PM

View Posthacker101, on 14 February 2013 - 07:11 PM, said:

From say 80* to 50*. Irons seem easier to judge.just take an extra club when it starts getting cooler in he evening The driver goes no where when it gets cold and cloudy. Could the driver be a 10% loss...More or less?

I think driver is easily 10-15% loss on cold cloudy day.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:06 PM

You lose 3 yards for every 10* in temp drop. Same goes for temp increase 3 yards gain for every 10* in temp. rise..

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 10:25 PM

View Postcadillacfox, on 14 February 2013 - 09:02 PM, said:

View Posthacker101, on 14 February 2013 - 07:11 PM, said:

From say 80* to 50*. Irons seem easier to judge.just take an extra club when it starts getting cooler in he evening The driver goes no where when it gets cold and cloudy. Could the driver be a 10% loss...More or less?

I think driver is easily 10-15% loss on cold cloudy day.

The conditions that make the ball go NOWHERE is cold, cloudy, and rainy. My home course has a 377 yard opening hole. During the summer with no wind, im usually 50-75 yards out. The other day it was about 45 and raining. I hit a decent drive... and had 118 in.

Bad conditions make it at least 10 percent shorter. Plus the ground is soaked right now, so driving distance is way down.


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Posted 15 February 2013 - 09:08 AM

Modern solid golf balls lose very little distance over the temperature anyone would normally play golf in. The loss due to the golf ball is something like 1%. In times past with wound ball this number was a lot higher.

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 - 09:49 AM

From mid-season where temps here are about 90* daily to the end of the season where I am routinely playing in 50-60* weather I typically have to go a full club up from where I was in the summer.  Drives for me are about 20 yards shorter with the 40* drop in temp.
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 10:30 AM

...then you have to factor in how the cold affects your own body (flexibility, touch), as well as the additional clothing you have to wear.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 11:30 AM

View Posthacker101, on 14 February 2013 - 07:11 PM, said:

From say 80* to 50*. Irons seem easier to judge.just take an extra club when it starts getting cooler in he evening The driver goes no where when it gets cold and cloudy. Could the driver be a 10% loss...More or less?

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 15 February 2013 - 01:49 PM

View Posttheothertwo, on 14 February 2013 - 08:06 PM, said:

I read this in another site but can't vouch for accuracy.

"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."

That is really good info for us New Englanders because there isn't much spread during the summer where our temps range from 65 to 85 in the extreme. That represents about half a club in the summer. 20 degree difference in the fall/winter represents at least a club+.


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Posted 16 February 2013 - 12:14 AM

Personally, I use this rule of thumb:
60* - 1%
50* - 2%
45* - 3%
40* - 4%
35* or less - 5%

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 07:20 AM

I have no way of confirming the validity of what I was told about golf balls and cool temps, but it makes sense to my feeble brain...

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.

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 08:17 AM

View Post_MS22_, on 15 February 2013 - 09:49 AM, said:

From mid-season where temps here are about 90* daily to the end of the season where I am routinely playing in 50-60* weather I typically have to go a full club up from where I was in the summer.  Drives for me are about 20 yards shorter with the 40* drop in temp.

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 08:45 AM

Under 50* I'd say about 3/4 to 1 club more or less... under 40* I lose all distance because I won't play!

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 12:48 PM

View PostPabloCruz, on 15 February 2013 - 10:30 AM, said:

...then you have to factor in how the cold affects your own body (flexibility, touch), as well as the additional clothing you have to wear.
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