I was up at Tahoe last weekend playing my annual
round at North Star at about 6500 ft elevation.
First stop was the driving range, and yes the
balls were going 1 to 1.5 clubs farther than
normal. Drives were going way out there, No
idea exactly how far, but down towards the
end of the range farther than I'm used to.
And everything was going either dead straight,
or with a modest little curve that I could
surely live with.
So I arrive at the first tee, and pull out
the big dog. After all, they were going
pretty straight on the driving range.
First swing is a horrendous hook into the deep
stuff left. No chance of finding that one!
So I mentally announce to myself "provisional",
tee up another, make a little adjustment and
slice it into the REALLY deep stuff right.
Oh, this round is starting off right! At
that point I pull out my 5W and finally
find the fairway.
The carnage continues until the fifth hole
when I finally figure out what I'm doing
with my driver, and start to hit some fairways.
But I'm wondering why I didn't see this problem
on the driving range?
Later it finally occurs to me that the driving
range balls were all low spin distance balls,
and I was hitting high spin balls off the tee
on the course.
Next time, I think I'll bring along some old
balata balls with me to the warm up range
just to see how good my swing REALLY is before