my clubfitter's indoor thingamajig said my highest of the 5 i hit was 165. the rest were 158-ish. i have no idea how accurate his device is. it gives ball speed, launch angle and carry/total distances, but i suspect the distances aren't all that accurate.
I severely sprained my left ankle a few years ago in a basketball game. Nothing requiring surgery, but black and blue up to my knee, lots of swelling, etc.
All I can say is work hard at your PT sessions, and be patient. You absolutely can come back from this with a complete recovery, but weight transfer in your swing will be an issue. It's a mental thing - we tend not to trust the joint after an injury like that.
#7 at Chambers Bay is 449 from the middle tees. Second shot is straight up a huge hill. I hit driver, 3w and couldn't reach it. My second shot landed just short of the green and rolled 30 yards back down the hill. I pitched on and 2 putted for bogey.
I watched Ryan Moore and 3 other pros play this hole at the BWM Skins Game. Playing at 508 from the tips, Ryan hit driver, then a hybrid club to the back of the green. He two-putted for par.
So yeah, that's how they handle...
People obsess over equipment because it's fun to do. Look at any hobby - photography, woodworking, knitting, you name it - and avid practitioners of every skill level go ape over really nice gear. It's not a golf specific syndrome.
Jumping on players of lesser skill for being interested in the technology they're using seems pretty sophomoric to me. You're a 4 index. Of course you're going to hit an older club well. That doesn't mean everyone will.
People can play with...