Re: 250 yards is a respectable carry distance
Originally Posted by Rugger
I'm going to be as respectful as I can, as I'd like to get a sincere response from you. I'd like to know how you explain being a 25 handicap with these averages. I'll leave the driving distances to the other guys, but let's discuss this for a moment as these averages would be more impressive than claims of a 280-yard driving average, considering the smaller sweet spot of irons. You're gaming the MP32s, right? Those are blades, if I'm not mistaken. So if you're a 25-handicap, the assumption would be that you don't always hit your irons in the sweet spot. Would you say that's a fair assessment, or would you claim to be the rare exception who consistently ball strikes well with your irons, but somehow drops 1-2 strokes on and around 16 of 18 greens (3 and 4 putts? constantly flubbed chips?)?
You see, either you "average" 235 with your 4iron counting good and bad ball strikes and somehow still can't break 100 too often (which would be some sort of a remarkable feat), or you count slicing it into the trees into your distances and somehow still average a whopping 235 (great strikes then go 250?). I think most people talk about their distances in terms of average-to-solid ball strikes, thus the latter wouldn't matter to me (but I'd still doubt it). If you hit it 235 with an average-to-solid ball strike with your 4iron, I would expect you to be a handicap of no worse than the low teens. If I could hit it 250 with my 3iron on a solid-ball strike (I probably average about 205 or 210 max with my 3iron on solid ball-strikes, which tends to make most average people I play with swoon), I would never, ever pull out a driver or even a 3-wood unless I was trying to make the Tour or playing for money.
I play on tons of courses, but mostly from the yardages of 6300-6700 yards. That means a lot of 350 yard par 4s. That means if I could average
250 yards with my 3iron, I could potentially have a wedge into the majority of greens WITHOUT having to worry about going out of bounds. That would make the game much easier, and I'd expect to be a low single-digit handicapper at worst.
That would be like saying baseball players with sub 200 batting averages can't hit homeruns.
Actually, it's more like saying baseball players who drive in less than 50 runs a year probably can't hit a lot of homers.