The final step in creating your yardage book is to print it out and bind it for use on the golf course. This phase definitely took me the longest and involved a lot of trial and error. Thankfully, you can learn from my mistakes and save yourself plenty of time! Given I don’t have a video studio readily available this final tutorial will take the form of a traditional blog post.
Create A Guide
The first step is to create a guide for yourself so that you know how everything will look when it’s done. Start by cutting five 8.5″ x 11″ pieces of paper in half. When I say half – I mean *exactly* in half. If you have access to a paper cutter, use it!
Next, take those ten 4.25″ x 11″ pieces and stack them on top of each other. Fold that entire stack in half to create a blank yardage book. Starting with the top page, write “Title Page” on it. Flip open the first page and write “1 Top” on the top half and “1 Bottom” on the bottom half. Continue through the book, labeling the top and bottom with the hole numbers and the page designation of “Top” and “Bottom”.
You’ll now be able to pull out an individual page and figure out exactly the orientation and file to print on each side.
Now for the fun part! Cut up five more pieces of paper to make 10 more blank pages for your book. Start by inserting a single 4.25″ x 11″ piece of paper into your printer’s paper try. The orientation will vary by printer by my own Epson Inkjet looks like the first picture below. If you’re following the file guide from the start of the tutorial series print out the file 4Top_16Bottom to get started. The file should come out as shown in the second picture below. This next step is important! Take the piece of paper and place it back in the paper feed tray with the exact sameorientation as when it came out. The printer will print on the bottom-facing portion of the paper! The third picture below shows the piece of paper ready to be printed on its reverse side. Shown on the left is the file that you need to print next (17Top, 3Bottom).
Repeat the process for each page in your book and you’ll be ready for binding.
Once you’ve printed out every page in the book the next step is to bind them together. I put two staples in the center of the book (through the entire book). A normal stapler doesn’t have enough room to accommodate 5.5″ (half the height of a book) so that you can staple it in the center. You can purchase what’s called a “long reach” stapler on Amazon for less than $10 that’s ideal for this job.
Extra Finishing Touches
Something you might want to add to your book if others are going to use it include a cover and a legend. I’ll leave those two pages as an exercise for the reader to implement but suffice it to say, they’re easily build-able in Inkscape. At this stage you know everything you need to know in order to create them!
You just created your first yardage book! I’m sure that as you create your own books you’ll pick up tips and tricks to improve future books. If you have any suggestions be sure to leave comments in the videos throughout the tutorial.