Embrace Debate: Yardage Book Covers


#1

Is having a leather yardage book cover a hardo move?

I can’t decide. I played a guy in our match play tournament who was using one and it just feels weird seeing a 9 HCP pull it out of his back pocket, study the approach, then hit the same shot he would’ve hit anyway. I’ve got absolutely nothing wrong with buying a yardage book at a new course, especially on a big trip. Just wondering if having the leather cover propels you into a new category of douche. Help me out.


#2

If you are an average golfer, you can have a yardage book gilded or covered in suede as long as you only reference it for the following:

  • Number of yards to reach or carry a hazard.
  • Blind approaches or landing areas
  • Shape of the green and pin position
  • Notes on club selection if played previously

Everything else is just noise…


#3

I don’t see anything wrong with having a yardage book cover, golfers love having accessories that compliment their game/style.

Now if he whipped out a protractor…


#4

I caddied in a pro tournament recently, and seeing my player use it in combination with the daily pin sheet was interesting/useful. They’re able to map out exactly where the pin is on the green, see where the slopes are, and check the elevation from green to fairway. It was also a nice thing to use to keep the scorecard dry as it rained every day of the event.

I think ams using them is fine in a tournament setting, but if you’re struggling to hit a green from 150 yards, scoping out the green contours is kind of pointless. They do open up a nice category of #TourSauce moves after a miss, however. If someone used one in a casual round, I’d think it was pretty silly.


#5

Totally agree … casual round - pointless … competitive round - good idea


#6

I’ve been going through the same thing lately. I’ve seen some sweet leather yardage book/scorecard holders online but I’m not sure I want to put in the money if I’m just going to end up looking like a jerk. When I make it on tour I’ll get one. AKA I will never have one.


#7

I bought one to keep my scorecard in and dry. I usually walk and carry my clubs so there isn’t really anywhere to keep a card that isn’t a pain in the ass to get to without having it in your pocket. I don’t use a yardage book as I have a rangefinder.


#8

I recently went through the same debate but ultimately landed on buying one. I keep my scorecards, pencils, and if I buy one (usually at really nice tracks) yardage books in my back pocket. By the end of the round they would get completely torn up.


#9

I’m waiting for Iliac to make a leather / tartan compass cover with matching covers for yardage book and alignment sticks.


#10

Yikes … Looks like I’m about to fall on the wrong side here.

I love yardage books. Call me a #parisirrelevant snob, but I enjoy doing the math in my head on the numbers more than just gunning the flat with a Bushnell. I made a book for my home course and it’s been super helpful to me in understanding more yardages than just middle of green and has changed the way I approach the course. It’s also a great place to take notes on how certain shots / clubs did in situations.

My wife got me a cover for it as a gift and I really like it


#11

If i used a yardage book, I’d get a cover purely to avoid it getting soaked with ass sweat. If its something you want to keep for a long time, its going to keep the pages dry, straight, etc.

Very situational to use a yardage book in the first place. If you are playing a casual weekend round with people waiting on you because you at thumbing through a book - lame move. If you are by yourself and its not impeding anyone else’s time, or if its in a tourney for money etc - whatever.

Agreed with what someone said about accessories being one of the fun things about golf.


#12

No, Dude. No. If you’re thinking you might need one, then you don’t need one.
Do I have one? No, I have two. Never use either because, contrary to popular belief, there are some limits to my level of snobbery.


#13

I like yardage books and if a course I’m playing doesn’t have one, I’ll make my own. On the walk from green to tee you take a quick look and see what the shape of the next hole is and make a plan about what you want to hit off the tee, that’s it. Helps me feel confident to know if I’m taking on a hazard or a narrow part of the fairway with a club selection. I don’t use them for approach shots or around the green and try not to narrate any info from the book to the group, no one cares.

This is a good shop for a nice full-grain leather cover - https://www.etsy.com/shop/BluegrassFairway
These are what the books I make look like - https://bigbrim.wordpress.com/


#14

Two-part question: how many people have you killed and what is your preferred method for getting rid of the bodies?


#15

Hydroflouric acid, obviously. Im pretty sure that’s how my hero and role model Bryson A DeChambeau would do it.


#16

I have all my carry numbers written down in my yardage book. I also wrote down all all the slope numbers on my home course.


#17

Yeah again, I have no issue at all with yardage books in general. I have a few myself. Just wanted to take the community pulse on putting it in a leather cover and flipping through the thing on a familiar fairway. Moral of the story seems to be leather covers = great golf accessory; using them at your home course during a casual round = towel bag clip.

Case closed. Happy Independence Day y’all.


#18

I make my own as well if the course doesn’t have one.


#19

If I don’t feel like making a book, covers are great for keeping the scorecard decent. I walk all the time and sweat a ton. Card is always ruined if I don’t use a cover. Piedmont (Jacob hill) makes some great ones.


#20

I do some manual shot tracker type stuff in a notepad, plus it drives my buddy nuts, and its dripping with sauce, so i have fully embraced the yardage book cover. You can get cheap ones on Amazon, went that route in case I hated it, but if I ever see a great one from a memorable course, I’ll probably buy a good one.