I had an interesting match today in my clubs match play championship. I was pitted against a young mid twenties kid about 6'3" and could crush it pretty good. The kid was a 10 handicap so he was a bit better than the examples in this thread but I thought it would be interesting to map out his drives from our match. We use 80% handicaps so as a scratch player I had to spot him 8 shots for the match.
These are only the holes where we both hit Driver on.
Hole #1: OK, my driving average is around 275 so I'll hit some drives in the 290 range as well as the 260's throughout the course of a round. On the first tee a straightaway par5 I hit an above average drive of 293 yards. My opponent hit a beautiful fade down the right side of the fairway a solid 20 yards ahead of me. So his first drive was in the 315 range.
Hole #2: I hit a very poor drive by my standards pulled to the left about 260 yards and barely stayed in bounds. My opponent dribbled it off the tee about 50 yards.
Hole #5: I hit my best drive of the day. I rarely get the ball over 300 yards these days but hit a beauty with a soft draw down the middle 302 yards. My opponent hit a massive block to the right that crossed our fairway and the adjacent fairway as well, hitting a tree and ending up far in the rough about 285 yards from the tee.
Hole #6 I hit my stock Drive down the middle at 275 yards. My opponent(probably in an attempt to fix the block from the previous hole) pulled his tee shot into a group of small maple trees about 100 yards from the tee box. His ball ripped through the leaves then we lost sight of it. We found it just off the fairway in the rough about 15 yards ahead of mine at 290 yards. LOL I thought geeze this guy hit through the trees and still outdrove me.
Hole #8: I went for a draw on this slight dogleg and overdrew it into the left rough 270 yards out. My opponent hit another block into the right rough but not as bad as the previous one at about 295 yards.
Hole #10: I hit a solid drive 285 yards down the right side. the hole is a dogleg left par5 and the fairway runs out at the 300 yard mark. My opponent hit his best tee shot of the day straight down the fairway past the corner and into the rough at 320 yards.
I won the match on hole #12, come on you didn't honestly think a scratch golfer with 38 years of experience was going to be intimidated by a kid that can hit it long, lol! I pitched and putted that poor kid to death!
If you add up his average, including the 50 yard dribble on #2 his average comes out to about 260 yards. Which maybe isn't fair to count it against him since he only did that once during the match so take that out and he was around a 301 yard average. He was a good kid and a pleasure to play with and it was fun to see him hit a couple of his good drives.
But I think this is a good example of how some golfers with decent power play the game. If this 10 handicap was that wild you can imagine how wild a 20 handicap player is that tries to hit every drive +300 yards. Too many shots O.B. water, woods and heavy rough with more than a few 50 yard dribbles mixed in!
Edited by Parker0065 - 9/3/13 at 10:56pm