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Saturday, playing at sea level with a 15-20 mile an hour wind the same swing and contact hit the ball 245 into the wind and 290 and 315 downwind (and 315 is the longest that I have hit it and measured with a reliable device). I used a range finder from the fairway to pick up the tee sign or a tree next to the tee box and felt like I really got all of those 3 drives. I usually hit it about 260-265 which is about 20 yards longer than in 1992 when I hit it 240ish with my Hogan Driver (back then over 250 was gigantic). The biggest difference then is that a misshit might get you 200 but today it is more like 230.
But as many have said, iron control is a bigger factor in playing good golf and I will hit a three iron off the tee to be in position on the fairway as opposed to hitting the driver just for the sake of hitting it as I like playing from the fairway more than the rough and I would rather set-up a second shot from 125-150 than 60 yards.
Re: Driving DistanceI got "myCaddie Pro" for my iphone 4 about a month ago. Apparently one had to pay a fee before, but now it is free.
One feature it has is what they call "Active Shot". You click on it after you hit your drive and walk to where your ball is to determine the driving distance (or any other shot for that matter).
Anyway, I started using this feature, and it was an eye opener. I thought my drives were around 280 yds and occasional 300 yds when I got hold of a good drive. That was based on the yardage listed on the scorecard and figuring out how much distance I have for the approach shot.
When measured with GPS, it turns out my drives were about 260 on average and 280-290 when I get hold of one. I think it is because the fairways often not straight so the mathematical calculations (i.e., scorecard distance-approach distance) is often misleading.
Just go me thinking how many people here also have an "inflated" belief in their driving distance. I am not talking about "internet bragging yardage" but actual belief in their driving distance that is inaccurate due to mathematical calculations.
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Re: Driving DistanceI find that some yardage markers placed by the golf course can be off by as much as 10 yards. I have my clubs measured by gps, not by course markers. That said....there is a small =/- error in a gps, but as long as you use the same gps you have nearly the same measurement error each time. I stood next to a golf cart with the built in gps thingy and found that the yardage between mine and the cart can be off by as much as 5-8 yards, so I use mine to choose a club since I have my clubs measured with MY gps.
I've had playing partners swear their drive was 300....so I measure it with the gps and it turns out to be 280 or so. But if you use the course markers, yeh it was closer to 290....but not 300.
Same internet exaggerations are very common on alot of sports forums. Slowtwitch, a triathlon forum, is the same. If you can't run a 15 minute 3 miles, with a broken leg...you suck!! : )
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Re: Driving DistanceI hold an average of 254 yards, but I just got a new driver so I don't know what it is now, I'm guessing I gained an extra 3-5 yards. When I really get a hold of one (we call it "smushing it") I can get it out to 275 yards. I have only broken 300 yards around four times, all with a wind assist or hardpan fairways.
I calculated the average of this site as per the last ten pages of this thread (yea, Im a nerd, don't bitch) and got 249.84 yards. So it seems I'm about average, although people I play with often call me a "long knocker". Probably due to internet exaggerations.
I play in a Monday night league and used my GPS to measure all 7 of my drives. The results were very eye-opening:
Hole 1 plays significantly downhill, and I felt like I really tagged the ball - 260 yds.
Hole 3 I thinned a 3W low into the right rough - 200 yds.
Hole 4 I hit a bit of a slice but was helped by getting a good bounce off of hardpan - 235 yds.
Hole 5 232 yds.
Hole 6 plays downhill, I hit a pull, the ball hit a bare patch on an embankment and rocketed forward and back into the fairway - 298 yds.
Hole 8 227 yds.
Hole 9 238 yds.
So, taking the 3W and the freak drive on #6 out, I hit it ~ 238 yds. But that's not the eye-opening part. This forum and my basic understanding of math (you can't hit it 300 yards on a 360 yard hole and still have 130 yards to the hole) taught me what my distances are. What is an eye-opener is just how terribly "off" some people are in their driving perceptions. I'll get paired up with a guy who is a "big-hitter," and he's basically within five yards of my drives. In fact, I've only played with 2 guys in the past 2 years who could consistently kock it past me - one guy who was a single-digit and one guy who swung out of his shoes.
i hit the ball about 250 every time. if i cut it a bit, 240, if i really nail it or have wind behind me, 260. i used to think i went quite a bit further and assumed my average drive was about 270-280. you can imagine my chagrin when i got a sky caddie and started marking drives that averaged 250-260.
one time, i was on a 525 yard par 5, and i had a 25 mph tail wind and a wide open fairway that was hard and dry. i ripped that drive just as hard as i could. it carried forever, and then rolled... and rolled... and rolled... and finally came to a stop 160 yards from the green (365 yards). i told my dad, "this must be what dustin johnson feels like - a driver and an 8 iron into a par 5." i've never even come close to replicating that drive, though. sigh.
i played hdc 10.4 with only irons.
coursemanagement is a factor i hardly see arround here,
if you are a high hdc and want to get lower fast.
make sure that bogey is a good score for you.
you should play the course that way give yourselve 3 shots on par 4's to
reach the green and than 2 putt for bogey, you will lower your hdc verry soon.
at my home course we have a par 4 off 450 yrds,
i used to hit 6 iron off the tee ( aprox 180 yrd ) hit a 7 iron after that off the turf 160 yrd
you find yourself close to the green and if you have a good wedge to the green, you can still make par
and you have much less risk of the tee and fairway.
if you play like this, you will be a 15 hdc in no time
Sunday's lazered and/or paced distances:
hole - club - distance
357 - 3 wood - 258
414 - 3 wood - 246
356 - 3 iron - 218
408 - driver - 271
548 - 3 wood - 266
364 - 3 iron - 225
492 - driver - 319
414 - driver - 308
348 - 2 iron - 241
428 - driver - 290
388 - 2 iron - 252
497 - driver - 303
320 - 6 iron - 197
496 - driver - 325