Originally Posted by Lihu
I am wondering about the doubters vs the claimers of long distance?
Perhaps if we add another metric to the equation, like a histogram of shots hit and distance.
One that shows distance and number of shots in a 2 hour session. here are mine:
Carry distance with range balls:
Driver, all new Nike range balls:
3 wood assorted types of range balls:
5 wood assorted range balls:
4 hybrid all the crappiest range balls from these buckets:
If we do this it might make the distance values more believable, plus it doesn't take months to get statistics out on the course where the conditions are all different. The thread topic is "how far you hit the clubs", not "how far you average under any circumstances with a clean shot".
You can use the range fence posts, and have an accuracy uncertainty of a few yards or so. You only need to measure the fence posts once. To get an estimate, it is easy to say if you hit half way between them 1/4 way or 3/4 way. The posts are usually about 15 to 20 yards apart. This could give you an accuracy of only 5 yards or less. You need to keep track of how far each post is and make sure you match distances of the posts where your shot lands.
One issue is that to get more accurate estimates you need to hit along the fence and requires more accurate shots.
Another issue is if someone argues that range balls hit shorter. They do, but for an estimate on distance you can calibrate by taking 10 shots at one tee box under similar circumstances using your normal balls. Then take the average distance with the range balls using the driver and the average of the 10 control balls and find the ratio between the two. Multiply this ratio to each club distance with the range balls. It is not going to be that much different than actually hitting your own balls 260 times.
I think this should give more realistic distances you can expect on average. It also gives a peak performance value, and of course the spread you can expect from any given club.
This will also show consistency. As you improve, you can update the thread, and keep track of your distances more comprehensively.
It is really not that hard to do, and will give you pretty good statistics. It helps me a lot on the course, and gives me confidence when hitting over obstacles and such.