For those of you who have been lucky enough to walk (or even play) the hallowed grounds at Augusta National, you will immediately understand the importance of club selection on many of the course’s famous holes. The golf course is set on terrain that is difficult to appreciate on TV.
The highest point on the course can be found on the 10th tee which has an elevation of 328 feet (100 meters). The lowest point is on the 12th green which has an elevation of 176 feet (54 meters). Almost every hole has some elevation change whether that is on the tee shot or approach shot, and many of the elevation changes are significant. The 10th hole alone drops 101 feet (31 meters) from tee to green.
Understanding how the elevation changes affect the playing distance is critical for a golfer’s distance control. With false fronts/edges and multi-tiered greens, it is easy to see when watching The Masters that distance control is a premium for the competitors. The above video produced by ESPN’s Sports Science looks at how the elevation changes at Augusta National affect the golfer’s club selection. The data provided by TrackMan was based on calm conditions (no wind). Enjoy!