Do You Know 53 Yards When You See It?
Isn't it strange that sprinkler heads at most courses are carefully marked for yardage to the green from 300 down to 100 yards, but the markings suddenly disappear inside 100 yards? If anything, because golfers hit shorter shots straighter with clubs that have more loft, they need more accurate short-game yardages so they'll have a better chance of stopping these shots closer to the hole. To this point, look what we found when we tested golfers' ability to judge a short-game distance (see chart at right). When asked to guess how far they were from the flagstick, fewer than 1 in 3 came within 3 yards of the actual 53-yard distance. If this type of miscalculation typifies your short-game estimates, you might want to consider pacing off the yardage or buying a rangefinder.
Read more: http://www.golf.com/golf/gallery/article/0,28242,1614198-9,00.html#ixzz1clIMhTgD
Yellow: 30-40 Yards
Blue: 40-60 Yards
Red: 60+ Yards