Re: 250 yards is a respectable carry distanceOne thing a lot of people seem to forget is that to hit a drive 300 yards, you have to get it dead center of the clubface, with a very high swing speed. Now, how a high handicapper can hit the exact center of the clubface every single time with his driver, but then can't even make solid contact with the much easier to hit 1 iron, I don't know.
Here's a test. If you think you drive the ball 300, tee up a ball, and get an old 1 iron. Hit the 1 iron off the tee. If you can't hit that 1 iron consistently off the tee, then guess what? There's not a chance in hell you can hit the longer driver dead center often enough to hit it 300. A 1 iron off a tee is very easy compared to a driver, which is why so many pros used to use them to lay up with. The pros who hit their drivers 300 yards also have no trouble hitting a driver from the ground, but I've met precious few amateurs who can do that.
This is where the whole idea of a 15 handicap driving the ball 300 breaks down. The ability that it requires to strike a ball dead center with a golf club doesn't somehow magically appear with the driver. There's this mystique that a driver is so forgiving that even an off center strike can go 300 yards, but it's just not true. The tour pros who drive it 300+ are using specially made drivers that we cannot buy in the stores, they're using shorter shafts, and they're hitting the center of the face, every single time. If your driver has a big dark spot in the center of the face about 1" wide, then maybe you can hit it a long way, but if not, you're dreaming.
I remember Adam Scott hit a driver during the presidents cup, and it went like 240, and the announcer said, "I think he mishit it." The pros all have little spots right in the center of their clubfaces where the ball hits, and the area around it is pretty much untouched. For them to miss that tiny spot is rare. Adam Scott was in a funk, and he even blew an iron (a blade no less) about 40 yards offline. These guys are so good that the ones that we call "past it" or "finished" can still hit the ball pure and get around with a score in the low 70s. John Daly, who we make fun of as being done for, still shoots in the low 70s on courses that we'd be hitting 95s on. Bottom line, while putting and short game are key, no one ever made it to the PGA tour without a phenomenal swing. Don't BS yourself and pretend you could ever go up against these guys, you'll never win.