Re: Driving Distance
Originally Posted by Devo
It's no problem to say you hit some shots that long, hell, we all do. I've nuked drives a mile, my longest ever was 326 carry
(extreme tailwind, downhill). But it's average we're talking about. As a 12 handicap, I would venture to guess that while you hit a good number of drives very well, if you averaged out all of your drives, your average with that swing speed would be around 240-265, maybe 270 if you're really catching it good. But most 12 handicaps, even with high swing speeds, often fail to strike the center of the face, and fail to deliver the club to the ball on the right path. Those are more important to driving distance than swing speed, and they're almost directly related to handicap.
In all my years, I've never seen a ballstriker who had a swing that could deliver the club squarely and on plane play to anything more than about a 5 handicap. A lot of people mention short game, but it's just false. Chipping is directly related to the full swing, and most players' putting is also related to (similar to) their full swing. If you can deliver the ball on plane, and on center, chipping is fairly easy. You'll find almost no players with a great swing who go to the chipping green and flub and duff chips, save for some people with mental blocks.