Know Yardages with Each Golf Club

by JL Lewis on February 15, 2010

J.L. Lewis gives the best golf instruction for knowing yardages with each golf club. Best Golf Instruction Series Summary

To become a better golfer it is essential to consistently strike shots that travel exact distances.  There are several variables involved in this process including: golf equipment, golf swing techniques, different playing conditions, adrenaline under pressure, and knowing your capabilities on each day.

Be Fitted with the Proper Golf Equipment

Starting with golf equipment, the most important component is the golf ball.  Having the correct launch and spin will greatly increase your chances of consistent shot making. Go to a local club fitting center to measure launch and spin to determine the best ball for you. Next, be sure to determine the proper length clubs with the correct shaft, golf grip size, loft and lie of the club head, and club head type that matches your ability level. The higher handicap player will need a more forgiving club head than a lower handicap player. All of these components can be determined at the fitting center and perfected by trial and error on the course. If you have the correct golf equipment, only small adjustments are needed to realize your ball striking potential.

Swing Tips – Producing a Consistent Golf Swing

After deciding on golf equipment, make sure that your fundamentals are correct so that you can develop a consistent golf swing that produces the same speed on every shot. Even top level golfers have problems with this and need to make adjustments.  This can be corrected by making adjustments to the basic fundamentals of the golf grip, ball position, stance, or posture, or a change during the golf swing. Long hitters have more of a challenge because their mistakes are amplified due to their high swing speed. A consistent golf swing can be achieved by knowing the pre-swing fundamentals and by finding a good teaching professional to clarify what adjustments and swing keys will help to produce a consistent swing.

Golf Exercise – Learning Distance Control

Knowing Golf Course Conditions

Once you have the correct equipment and proper swing techniques the next step to distance control and good shot making is knowing how different conditions will affect how far the golf ball travels.  For example: at sea level with no wind my 8 iron flies 154 yards when the temperature is above 75 degrees. If the temperature is lower than 75 degrees, the ball flies proportionally shorter.  At sea level, in 40 degree temperature the ball will fly 145 yards with no wind. The only way to really learn this invaluable information is to practice in all conditions and elevations. Distance the ball travels is effected by wind, altitude, temperature, humidity, and the condition of the golf ball. Experience is the best teacher and writing down how far each shot flies in practice and during rounds will expedite this learning process.


Another important factor in distance control is understanding how adrenaline increases under pressure will increase strength and club head speed. During my career I have been in contention to win on several occasions and I know that nerves and adrenaline increase club head speed and cause the ball to travel farther than normal. I allow for five to ten yards more carry on short to mid iron shots and 10 to 20 yards more carry on long iron and tee shots. Know this tendency, and realize this is a good thing because the farther the ball can fly the shorter the course will play. The more you can experience this state of heightened awareness when in contention the more comfortable and effective you will be. This nervous feeling is the reason for playing in competition and should be welcomed because it means you are playing well and getting closer to reaching your potential.  Performing well when you are pressured is essential for any competitive golfer to be their best.

Physical Condition

Finally, the  factor that is different each day is how you are feeling. Some days the strength level is 100%, and other days it may be 50% depending on what you ate, if you are feeling ill, how you slept the night before, or what is going on mentally that could affect your energy level. On the range prior to the round is the time to determine all of these variables that could affect your ability to swing the club consistently. I know on full strength days there is no doubt that I will make full swings as much as possible, but on days when my energy is less than normal I will take more club and swing easier to produce the needed yardage. Again, experience will teach you all of this important on course knowledge that if used properly will improve scoring ability in all conditions.

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