How Mountains Affect Your Game
Our location being what it is here in the mountains of North Carolina, we hear the debate pretty regularly of how elevation affects your game. What’s fact and fiction can be argued but there’s some general advice we like to pass along that can’t hurt no matter what side your personal opinion may fall on. Take some of our tips and see how they work for you.
It’s common knowledge to understand that with a higher elevation that the air is going to be thinner here in Newland and similar mountain courses. An easy way to adjust, for those that may be used to playing on courses closer to the coast for example, is the 10% rule. In layman’s terms, if your club of choice is one you would normally use for a 100 yard shot, you’re going to be able to hit it 110 yards here at Mountain Glen. Now this isn’t the end all be all for all mountainous courses, but it’s a pretty good rule of thumb. Tacking on an extra few yards to club selection will probably knock, at least, a few strokes off of your overall score.
The higher elevation is also going to make the control aspect more difficult in judging distance to begin with, so the main thing you may want to consider is consistency. Making sure your swing is consistent from club to club is a huge start overall. You’ll also want to make sure your swing is giving your ball a more direct path of flight rather than a high arc. Think of it like this, if your normal pitch is high and arching than it’s going to go farther than usual in this elevation, (as we mentioned earlier), causing you to probably overshoot. A more direct trajectory towards the pin is going to give you a better chance of getting close at the very least, since the direct approach eliminates some of the time the ball is even in the air. As a comparison, think like darts rather than horseshoes. Go after the pin rather than hitting your ball up and hoping it lands near the hole.
Like most tips, there’s a hundred other factors and tweek’s that can be made to better your game. However, we like to think these little changes are a good start. It’s easy to stand back and point out coulda’s and shoulda’s, we’d rather get out and do it for real though. Maybe we’ll see you out there practicing too.