Judging distances

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Judging distances

Post by rhatton1 » Thu Jun 24, 2010 1:25 pm

Have a look at this psot on DGR

http://www.discgolfreview.com/forums/vi ... =2&t=18647

Very interesting. Certainly something I have struggled with at courses, I look at a hole and sometimes hugely overshoot thinking it is 100 meters when in fact its only 80 or vice versa.
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Post by Jester » Thu Jun 24, 2010 5:04 pm

Meauring against the thumb makes a lot of sense, I've been doing something similar for years to get my putting range.
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Post by West » Thu Jun 24, 2010 6:58 pm

Any chance of a small write up of the basics, as the forum is offline till Monday? :)
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Post by Jester » Thu Jun 24, 2010 9:38 pm

West wrote:Any chance of a small write up of the basics, as the forum is offline till Monday? :)
You want a write up of how measure putt distances? Happy to provide if so, but what do you mean about the forum being offline?
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Post by bruce » Thu Jun 24, 2010 11:36 pm

Sorry to bust folks bubble on this idea, but it set off my manure detector so I did the maths and it just doesn't stand up. (if you feel the need to check the maths, it's tan you're after ;)).

Premises: 1. observable basket at range does not include the pole, only the bucket and chains are useful; 2. these are approx 60cm high; 3. A persons arm is approx 60cm long.

A 60cm object 60m away measured against an object held at 60cm will measure at 6mm.

At that range, 1mm makes all the difference, if you think it's 5mm, not 6, well now the range is 72m. If you make it 7mm, that's 51m.

And that's just at 60m, the further away you get, the worse it gets...
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Post by rhatton1 » Fri Jun 25, 2010 8:42 am

Done, into the not to be used pile then! GCSE maths finally useful for something!

There was a suggestion on the thread to use a marked up pencil instead but that might not be allowed under the rule of using an artificial measuring device. however a ruler tattooed on a thumb... could just work!
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Post by bruce » Fri Jun 25, 2010 9:26 am

Not to say that Jester's technique isn't useful, as it's a close range method the differences are discernible.
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Post by Jester » Fri Jun 25, 2010 10:44 am

A picture being worth a thousand word...

Up to 15y my putting style has become fairly consistent in speed and line. Therefore to have the best chance of hitting the target on any given putt, I look and see how far it is and pick the aiming point for the relevant distance.

5, 7, 10, 12 and 15y are my practice putting distances when doing the Clock drill so I use these as benchmarks. If a putt is at say 8.5y out, I know I'll need to aim somewhere between the 7 & 10 points to have the disc arrive at the chains at the right height.

The 'gauging distance with the finger' part comes in when I need to find the aiming point from 12 or 15y out. For 15y, I line up the top knuckle on my index finger with the top of the basket. Whatever is at the tip of my finger is my aiming point, be it a leaf, tuft of grass, cloud or whatever.

This aiming technique works for me as I'm a 'straight-line' putter. If you're more a 'pendulum putter' like Bruce however it might not make as much sense. Some time ago however I realised I couldn't aim pendulum putts consistently hence developed this way of doing things.

Remember there's no right or wrong way to putt, if you have something that works for you, all power to your elbow and why not share it here?


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Post by West » Fri Jun 25, 2010 12:05 pm

Jester, your targetting is very similar to mine although mine is much more "by eye" than using my hand (other body parts are available) to adjust the target.

Will have to try your targetting for distances over 7 yards.

As for distance judging; I'm still rubbish at it for drives / approaches ... any other hand hints/tips would be much appreciated :)
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