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FLIGHT TO RUN RATIOS

FLIGHT TO RUN RATIOS

 

This formula is designed to produce consistent chipping. This system of chipping is to allow the player to use the same technique, but change the club to let the ball perform the required shot.

 

The loft of the club will determine the distance the ball travels through the air as well as along the ground. The higher the loft (e.g. sand wedge) the more carry and less roll. The lower the loft (e.g. 7 iron) the less carry and the more roll.

 

Therefore as players we can now use one technique and simply change the tool or club to produce the required shot. The following graph is to be used as a guide for flight to run ratios.

Club

Distance to landing area (carry)

Distance to finishing area (after roll)

Flight to run ratio

Lob wedge

2 metres

3 metres

2:1

Sand wedge

1 metre

2 metres

1:1

pitching wedge

1 metre

 3 metres

1:2

9 iron

1 metre

4 metres

1:3

8 iron

1 metre

5 metres

1:4

7 iron

1 metre

6 metres

1:5

6 iron

1 metre

7 metres

1:6

 

 

 The landing area is always on the green. This is the most consistent part of the golf course. The greens are cut daily, watered and manicured more than any other part of the golf course. Therefore we must get the most consistent bounce and roll we possibly can, so land the ball on the green.

 

This landing area should be around one pace or metre on to the green to allow some margin for error. This also needs to be small and specific and as a result, this will provide a very precise and measured procedure to play quality chip shots.