Re: 250 yards is a respectable carry distance
Originally Posted by sean_miller
Probably not the point of the question, but the answer is dependent on the hole. Theoretically this is a 3 wood for me (about 220 off the turf about 65% of the time) but I'd heavily consider hitting a 19 degree hybrid (about 200 off the turf 80% of the time) depending on the situation ahead (e.g., forward hole, forced carry, tight OB, etc.). If I'm really not comfortable, I'd go with pitching wedge to leave myself another full wedge shot for my approach (about 125 yards 95% of the time).
Bottom line is that with all of the choices outlined above, I'm probably looking at getting squarely on the green 1 out of 5 times from 225 (I know, long approaches are definitely a weak spot for me). The vast majority of the time I'll have a shot of 20 yards or less left unless I've consciously chosen to lay up. Given my driver average of 220-225, I'd probably do better by hitting a 3/4 low runner off the deck. More consistent and safer to boot!
I guess I strayed from the original meaning of the post, but my ultimate point is this: It's not that unusual for people to physically hit the ball far but it's very unusual for someone to have the ability to hit the ball far and consistently well enough that they can use that length to their advantage. I don't doubt that people consistenly overestimate their driving ability, but I also know that even the dryest piece of land will catch a rainshower every now and then.