Originally Posted by JonMA1
Hell, that makes me feel better about my distances (or lack there of). It seems like the fastest way for me to ruin a good swing is to start trying to increase my distances simply because I want to be where everyone else is. I don't want to stop improving - distance being part of that - but at some point I have to realize there are physical limitations.
Yeah, don't worry about it but also don't stop trying to improve it. Just remember that during the round isn't the time to try and improve your distances, unless it's a practice round.
In your previous post to me, you mentioned that I played with guys who drive it 275, but I rarely do. I'm the guy that typically drives it that far, and the vast majority of the time I'm the longest hitter in my group. And there are days when it seems like the wind is always in my face, my swing doesn't feel very powerful, and I probably average more like 245-250 off the tee. Sometimes I have to restrain myself from trying to swing harder to get to a driving distance I feel I should be at. The reality is that from the tees I generally play from (6400-6700), driving it 250 isn't an issue. Driving it 300 would be overkill for a lot of the holes on a lot of the course I've seen.
I used to track every tee shot via GPS, which is why I know my distances really well. I no longer do, as they aren't as important to me anymore. I guess it's possible that when all I had to hang my hat on was how far I hit it, I cared a lot about it. Another part of it was genuine curiosity from wanting to compare my distances to pros and to what I read online. Now that I have a general feel for both, I no longer care to obsess over it. I'm mostly concerned with stats that are more relevant to the score. But I think that progression is natural from being a beginning golfer and transitioning into a golfer that works very hard to maintain a legitimate handicap.
I did recently play with a guy who shocked me with the distances he hit. He hit every club 20 yards further than I do, albeit on a lower trajectory. I believe he has a ball flight and distance that is similar to the pros. He was hitting his 7i 180 to my 160 and I witnessed him outdrive me by 10 yards despite playing from the tips while I played from the blues (back tee). It was remarkable, and I think most people would be shocked to see him drive/hit the ball in person and realize that not even his drives were going 330 (more like 295-305). It was unlike anything I had ever seen in person, although I should admit that I haven't seen any pros hit in person.