STEP 1. While standing on the tee, use a mechanical pencil to lightly draw the basic layout of the hole. YardCard’s grid pattern acts as a reference to help with distances and proportions. Remember, draw lightly, you’re just beginning and many refinements will be made.
STEP 2. Pace or laser the distance from the permanent tee marker to your landing area. Next, locate markers in your landing area and begin drawing details that will help you locate them in the future. Take measurements from fixed objects; sprinkler heads, mature trees, bunkers, etc.
STEP 3. After you’ve finished sketching the fairway landing zone, pace or laser the yardage from your fairway markers to the front edge of the green, and note the distance.
STEP 4. As you’re standing beside the green, diagram the putting surface and the surrounding area. Next, measure the depth of the green, the distance to upper levels, and the yardage needed to carry greenside hazards.
STEP 5. Club selection becomes simple mathematics. Measure the distance from the ball to your marker and determine the yardage to the front of the green. Then assess the added distance to the pin and calculate the total yardage.