Originally Posted by Jeremie Boop
The discussion gets off topic a lot. It was originally about people who are 20+ hc claiming to hit 300 yd drives and how the OP felt that was not plausible. This discussion about HS students who play on the team hitting over 300 makes no difference in the context of the thread because they are not high handicap players. It's also been taking off topic to people saying that it's claimed 300 yd average claims that are the problem. That is a different subject IMO because that is very much unlikely for people of higher handicaps, but the occasional drive or ability to hit one or 2 drives per round out to that distance is very possible.
Here, you are wrong. The original topic was that high handicappers claim they "AVERAGE" 300 yard drives. He even put the "average" in all caps. I agree with the ranter totally. It is an absurd claim, and anyone who makes it should be mocked mercilessly. I have seen high handicappers hit 300. Big deal. But average? Ha.
Originally Posted by Lihu
Yes, it did end up going there. Someone doubted Nick's distance claims stating that no high school students can hit that far, then I chimed in and defended that some do, and got berated for that.
Sorry, but you have mis-stated the objections to Nick's claim. Nobody said that "no high school students can hit that far." Nick's claim was that his teammates could carry the ball 290/290/300 with no problem, implying good accuracy. Those were his words. If I can do something "no problem," then I can do it fairly easily and that's likely my average (or not far from it). Semantics I know. But the key was the long carries of his teammate were "no problem." Then the results for his team came in, completely undermining the claim, and Nick confessed that they do not hit very straight or practice that much.
I simply could not believe that 3 players on just one high school team could carry the ball that far so easily. When I extrapolated that to the whole country, that means that many thousands of kids can out-drive our professionals. (yes those average driving stats on pga.com are for drivers, predominantly. They don't pick two holes that have layups!! Someone will have to prove to me that Gary Woodland's average includes a lot of 4 iron layups, as I do not think that is the case).
If someone chooses to believe that there is a high school team where the top 3 players can carry the ball 290/290/300 with no problem, then fine. I'll just chuckle and think you are extremely gullible and we can both go on our merry way.