Re: 250 yards is a respectable carry distance
Originally Posted by sean_miller
I can hit a lob wedge 115, if I skull it. Stock 6 for me is about 175. Stock 60° is about 80 yards. I used to hit my 6 nearly 195, but it turned out I was hitting it far too low, so it ran a long way after it landed. Now I hit 175, and it's much better.
I think people really do overestimate their distances though. Like I've said before, the driving range I practice at has two holes running next to it, a tee, and a green. From back tees, it's 218 yards to the 150 marker in the middle of the fairway. There is a cart path exactly 300 yards from the back tees.
Now, I have watched hundreds, if not thousands of people tee off from these tees. Most of them played from the white tees, some from the blue, and women from the red. There have been a handful who played from the tips. Of all of the people who play, from every tee, maybe 25% have even reached the 150 marker. That's a drive of 180 yards from the white tees, and 192 from the blues. I have seen maybe 3 or 4 people get it anywhere near the cart path, and never from the tips. From the blue tees, the cart path is 280 yards. I've seen a few guys get it close. All of these guys were huge, and hit the ball with a resounding smash.
So, that's less than 1/4 who hit it 180 or more. On the card, that plays as maybe a 220 yard drive. In reality, it's just 180. That 1/4 who do hit it past the 150 marker almost never go much more than 20-30 yards by.
Now, at the green on the other side, I see the other side of the coin. I've almost never seen anyone go long, but I've seen hundreds, if not thousands, end up short. No one ever takes enough club. It's really kind of sad. Everyone really wants to believe they hit it a long way, but the scorecard doesn't care. I don't care how far I hit my driver, as long as it goes straight. I don't for a second, however, believe I can hit my driver 286 yards on average, and I swing my driver about 110 mph.
So, please, don't fool yourself. You won't ever get sick eating humble pie, trust me. When you admit to yourself how far you hit the ball, you begin to play better.