Re: 250 yards is a respectable carry distance
Originally Posted by The Hacker
That's not the question here, I can hit it very long, I've hit drives that went over 340 yards, but that doesn't mean that I'm going to say that's my average, or even a stock distance. The question here is reality vs. fantasy. Like I said, making consistent contact with the ball at the end of a 45" shaft at 115 mph is not easy. Most people who have the athletic ability to do it, also have the ability to play golf at a very high level. Many of the competition long drivers are scratch, and some are better. What we're trying to say, is that most people overestimate distance.
Let me give you an example. I was at the range one day, and there was this young guy blasting balls. My friend was looking over at him, and admiring these incredible drives. He looked at me and said, "He's got to be hitting those 280, minimum!"
I laughed, and said, "More like 220."
He thought I was joking. The ball was landing barely past the 200 marker, which on that day was only 180 yards. My friend kept rationalizing this, saying the ball was rolling, or that I wasn't seeing right, or this, or that, or anything to disprove me. He really did think he was hitting it that far, and even though it was obvious the ball was landing on ground about 180 yards away, he insisted
, that this guy must be hitting it 280. After all, he was swinging out of his shoes, and the noise was incredible.
Now, before you say this is an isolated incident, it happens all the time. The markers at the range I go to are nearly always 20-40 yards short. Yet people, day after day, fail to realize it. They marvel at their 180 yard 8 iron, and start telling their friends about how some new technique with the left wrist, or maybe a change in weight shift is doing it. People also conveniently forget the wind. Some days, the wind is howling from behind, and people are just thrilled they're hitting it so much farther.
Now here's the best part. When the range is moved back so the markers are 15 yards too long, everyone
says that the markers must be off, it never fails. Only on these days do they realize that the range gets moved every day. Same into the wind. People always notice when they're into the wind.
So, what it shows to me is, we all want to hit the long ball. Sure, it's fun, but it's a fantasy for most. To this day, I've never met an amateur golfer who could get a consistent 300, and I've met a lot of golfers, young and old. The longest driver I ever met hit the ball about 270-280 on an average good swing, and he could also hit his driver off the ground just as well as off the tee. He could hit nearly any club you gave to him. Of the 2 guys I know who could regularly hit it more than 250, both could hit a 1 iron easily.