The importance of knowing your clubs is paramount on WGT. Being exact is not of importance but having a rough figure in your head is. This holds true on all clubs in your bag. For example I know that with my driver and no wind I can hit around 295 yards. I also know that with my Cleveland wedge that hits 100 (56W) with no wind it will hit 107. The other thing that I know about my Cleveland wedges is that I don’t really have to add the up into the shot and that one I figured out after over hitting it so many times! I also know that with my Cleveland I use no back spin 98% of the time, but I do use top spin if the hole is just out of reach to get a little roll.
I do have to stress that different balls as well as clubs are going to react different. I’ve used a lot of different types of golf balls on WGT; including some high dollar Nike Platinum’s and I have found that the Level 71 Nike plays the truest shot for me. This is because of the additional on distance and the spin the ball has. I have also found that the Volvik level 51 play virtually identical to the 71 Nike, with the loss of just a couple of yards on the drive. Now some of you reading this may not be at a level high enough to purchase these balls, and that is fine. I know a number of Legends and Tour Legends that learn to play with a ball where they learn the roll out and play great with them.
The other area that I want to talk about in this tutorial is the course and knowing it. I have key notes that I use for certain courses such as Merion. When I play Merion the real trick is to try to stay below the hole on the approach shot. When you hit above the hole on Merion the downhill putt is very difficult to make. The other note that I know about Merion is that the greens are slower. Even if I look past the hole and with the up it tells me to hit 11, I will stop just before the cup, so I add another foot to the putt. On other courses, I know that certain holes I have to add 5 yards to on my approach shot, and some holes where I know the ball will not stop even with my Cleveland clubs and I have to use back spin.
Let’s talk calculations. Basically you only have 3 categories that you need to know. The first category is wind, the second is height, and the third is what I call the unknown variable. The unknown may be additional you have to add for your clubs, or it may be additional that you have to add for the hole you are on. But either way the formula is simple and if you are not good at math a calculator will help you all the way. Let me break this down for you to make it a more clear for you to understand.
- D = Distance to hole
- W = Wind (Divide wind by 2)
- H = Height (Up divide by 2 / Down divide by 3)
- U = Unknown variable, you may have a couple of these
Example 1: Wind 20 MPH in your face, height to the hole is 13, you know your unknown is +5 for your clubs, and the distance to the hole is 122 yards.
- W: 20/2 = 10
- H: 13/2 = 6.5 (round up) = 7
- U: 5 for your club
- U: -2 for roll (your balls will roll out)
- D: 122
10 + 7 + 5 – 2 + 122 = 142 is your shot.
Example 2: wind is 14 with you, height is -22, no unknown variable, and the distance to hole is 163.
- W: 14/2 = -7 (remember wind is with you)
- H: -22/3 = 7.333 (below .5 round down) = -7
- U: Have none
- D: 163
163 – 7 – 7 = 149 is the shot.
Now in both examples above the formula is the same with the exception of the height being down. There are two additional rules to follow. If that downhill shot goes over water, I would rather be long, so I might hit that a 155 with full backspin. With the first example let’s say that the hole is only a couple of yards from the rough, then you may not want to subtract for the roll because you would end up short.
In conclusion please remember that these figures hold true, but WGT does not. I can use the same formula on the same hole several times in a day. One time I will land within a foot or two from the hole, the next time I may fall 10 yards shy of the hole, and the next time I may over hit the ball by 10 yards. Do not automatically assume that the hole is a +10 hole because of your first attempt. Make a note of it, and the next time you play if you add the +10 as an unknown variable you may go 20 yards past the hole. That is what I was talking about knowing the course. I normally have to play a course at least 4 times taking notes. Then I compare the notes to see where I was consistently short or consistently long. I then can make a decisive decision on what the hole plays for my clubs and balls and place that into the unknown variable for that hole.
I hope this information is informative and you can use it to improve your game. Remember that no matter how you look at it, you are still playing golf! Have fun and hit well everyone! Leave a comment if you have additional information you may like to add.