Placeholder for my review. Received on Friday, but was out of town. I hope to try it out on the course this upcoming weekend. Weather does not looks promising though.
Finally got out of the course this past Saturday due to some rainy conditions and a soggy course. This review is a course I used to be a member at, but still play it a few times a month.
I did a good bit of research on these books on Friday evening trying to understand how the green maps worked. I did decide to go to the course a bit earlier than usual and went to the putting green to try it out there instead of on the course. I think some courses have the green maps and some don't based on what I have seen. I knew the breaks on the putting green pretty well, but the book helped me to get a feel of what to expect when I took it out of the course.
The course that I play is through a neighborhood so there are a lot of doglegs and a lot of holes that I choose not to hit driver. This books helped me be a bit more aggressive off the tee as I am always cautious about trying to carry bunkers or water hazards. The books have rings that show the distances from the tips, which is where I play this course from as it is only 6600 yards. For the approach shots I didn't really use the rings similar to off of the tee for distances. I used my range finder to get distances for the approach shots. I did however looks at the green maps book to try and be a bit more conservative with my shots by trying to use slopes where possible to get the shots closer.
The most benefit that I got with these books were with my longer putts outside of 5 feet. I still used the book within 5 feet just to confirm my readings from the putt. Putting is one of my biggest problems and I think this book is very beneficial. I only had 28 putts with zero 3 putts. I typically average about 33 putts a round. On a few putts I did not see much break, but I broke out the book and it helped me confirm and or change my ideas on what to do. This was very beneficial for uphill and downhill putts where the elevation was minimal. There was only one instance of speed being way off, probably more user error.
If I was a member at a course or played a course frequently I would not think twice about getting a yardage guide to help my game.