Wow I figured that once I sent out evidence of actually accomplishing the feat of AVERAGING 300 plus yards per pass that it would at least be read but I guess not. I keep reading these posts about people who say that they can hit one 3 bills but they usually hit it about 260. Well if that's the case then at that swingspeed you can NEVER average 300 yards and you get lucky once and it rolls out. I was gifted enough to have a swingspeed that allowed me to easily cover that distance and I didn't have to press at all to throw it out there because I played baseball and know that power comes from swinging quickly and not swinging hard because swinging hard is slow. And to the contrary when I switched from "Righty to Lefty" the most accurate club in my bag was the driver. I hit a bunch of fairways and still had a poor round because golf is way more than drivin it long. The fact is that most people aren't gifted with a high enough swingspeed to even be capable of averaging 300 off the tee. At my swingspeed I could really catch one and get 330 out of it or i could even miss one and it would roll out to 300 so I didn't have to catch it cleanly everytime either.
Well I was the exception to the rule for a lil while then but my story is a lil different than most. I played high level baseball and batted from the left side where I generated tremendous batspeed and hit my fair share of baseballs out of the park and over the lights. However when I started playing golf I played right handed because I was terrible left handed initially and I didn't want to ruin my baseball swing.
I played for a few years and became a pretty reliable 7 handicap. My swingspeed with the driver was 106 right handed and I was good for a dead staight 255-265 off the tee, until I injured my wrist so badly that I couldn't hold onto the club through impact. I was left with a dilema: Either give up golf for good, or play left handed, since I didn't have a baseball swing to ruin anymore cause I no longer played. I chose to go lefty.
The club pros thought I was crazy as they watched me suffer trying to make half decent contact with and iron for a couple weeks. One club that I didn't stuggle with was the driver which for some reason was point and click from the beginning and I have no idea why. The pro walked by and I had a driver out and he saw me swing it and he stopped in his tracks and said " are you effin serious....we gotta get you on a launch monitor!" I hit 50 drivers for them and my new swingspeed was 123 mph and my AVERAGE distance per pass was 315 with a good pass in the 330 range. This is verified by 3 club pros who were watchin the launch monitor and then played with me on the course ( Sahara Golf and Country Club in Kuwait which is at sealevel.)
Now then the only dilema was that with the driver it was just let it fly....but irons and short game were a whole different animal. Since I had played baseball there was no sense of touch or feel in my game whatsoever. So for the next month or two I would drop bombs down the fairway, or in the greenside bunker on the three short par 4's and then take a six because I couldn't even get a wedge near the green or out of the bunker. Mind you I still putt right handed but I couldn't even get to that part cause I hadn't developed any touch and I couldn't believe that where I used to hit a 7 iron from 150 yards that now it was a pitching wedge and so I was overclubbing and hitting balls into trouble.
The club pro assigned me a 36 handicap because me changing over to lefty meant that I was seen as a brand new golfer to the club even though I had played to single digits right handed. My first rounds left handed where atrocious (110 plus) because I had no coordination with irons or distance control. Just because I had the mind of a single digit handicap doesn't mean that it translated over easily because I had to retrain everything. In all fairness I went from a 36 handicap to a 6 in about 6 months because I practiced for hours on end and developed a short game and feel with the irons. I was miserable in bunker for about a month until I just got in there one day and said that I wasn't leavin until I got 10 in a row SIMPLY OUT of the bunker no matter where they went. I finally left the club 4 hours later drenched in sweat but that's what it took!
BUT FOR THE TIME WHEN I WAS A HIGH HANDICAP I AVERAGED 300 YARDS PER PASS WITH THE DRIVER AND IT WAS WITNESSED BY MULTIPLE PROS.
I can attest with 100% certainty that hitting your driver far has very little bearing on how well you play the game on the whole or your understanding of it. If you never develop a reasonable short game you will NEVER be a good golfer. Distance is only benefical if your short game can get you out of the trouble that your distance will put you in.