Re: 250 yards is a respectable carry distance
Originally Posted by $2 Nassau
Had this happen last night. Me and another single were playing and we both hit great drives at the par-4 8th hole. It was slightly into the wind, but I measured my drive (GPS) at 239. It had the flight path/arc that generally means I put a great swing on it, and it looked like it was crushed. I wasn't surprised at the distance, because I measure every tee shot and I realize that when I 'crush' it, it can go anywhere from 220 to 280, depending on the course conditions, weather, wind and my launch angle.
My playing partner was about 10 yards short of me, and he assumed my drive was 270 and his was 260. Usually when people do that I just say "yeah, sure" and let it go. However, he was more asking than guessing, so I said, "no, I have mine at about 240." He was pretty stunned and said he generally hits it about 250. "Well, it's a bit into the wind," I replied.
But yeah, generally people just overestimate their drives (some without realizing), which serves as their baseline for all comparisons and golf discussion.