Originally Posted by Jeremie Boop
I think it's funny so many try to discount that anyone of us that have higher handicaps can hit the driver a long way. Yes I hit driver and 8 iron or less into basically every par 4 as long as I hit the fairway *rofl getting better now*. I hit driver 4 iron or less into most 520 yd and under par 5s also, once again, as long as I hit the fairway. Do I hit the fairway all the time? No, but it's getting more consistent now since I'm playing more. For some reason I do find it harder to hit a green than a fairway, mostly because the target is smaller I suppose, and I put more pressure on myself to hit the ball close. My distance on approach shots is usually on, but I miss a bit right or left. If my distance is off it's usually just short or just over. I really don't care one bit if anyone believes I hit the ball as far as I do, because there's no way for me to prove it short of having you see me hit the ball. But I think it's ridiculous to discount what we say out of hand because of our handicaps. My high handicap comes from a handful bad holes, typically around 5 that are around 3 overs. The rest are bogey/par's with an occasional birdie/double bogey thrown in. So if you think about it, 13 holes at +6 with 5 at +15... Is it really so hard to believe? If so, think about how even the pros can put up holes that are +3 or more.... Seriously, it shouldn't be so hard to believe.
People will argue with you, or just be skeptical, for various reasons. One, it's really, really rare to see people who "regularly" drive it over 300. In the last year or two I've had a chance to play with some really good golfers ... a couple of pros, a 1 handicap, and a couple handful of guys in the mid to low single digits. The amount of those accomplished golfers that "regularly" drive the ball over 300 yards? If I'm really stretching ... I'd say one. The amount of people I've played with who occasionally can drive one out to 300 yards? Several ... including myself.
Prior to the last couple of years, I did not golf with a lot of accomplished golfers, and the amount of golfers I've seen over that time that could "regularly" drive it over 300 is zero. Couple that with the fact that prior to joining this forum, and really reading about it and thinking about it, I thought I was a 300 yard driver. Then I really started to pay attention, and I realized that I gave myself that impression because I only really remembered or measured the bombs. In reality, I can "regularly" hit 270 yard drives with an occasional 290 thrown in, and if the stars align, maybe 300. :)
I have never met a +20 handicapper who could regularly drive it over 300, nor have I met a ANY regular 300 yard driver who is concerned with hitting them farther rather than other aspects of his game.
So, to answer your question ... yes, it really is so hard to believe.
But, if I give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that you are driving it 300 ... I'd still suggest that you stop worrying about trying to drive it farther and start worrying about everything else. Work on keeping it in the fairway, work on hitting greens, work on figuring out what your go-to 100 yard shot is :), work on your putting. Everything EXCEPT driving it 10 yards further.