Re: Do you balance your golf balls?
Originally Posted by sean_miller
And people wonder why I argue so vehemently in the driving distance thread! 246 is a huge
driving distance for an amatuer, and it's only gotten higher, now I am up to around 260 on a good day. That's just 25 yards short of the average tour pro
! I'm damn proud of my driving distance, and I will continue to be honest
about it. The average male amatuer golfer drives the ball 208 yards or so. From the drives I've measured of my playing partners, many of whom are in their 20s and very fit, that's about right. They think
they hit it much farther, of course, and the markers on the course may even make them believe it.
But not me. I'm not going to be a fool who pretends he hits it farther than he does, and come up short of every damn green, and land in every bunker I thought I could carry. I had my driver and shaft fitted
for me, and it's been tweaked to meet my specifications to keep up with my swing. It was the recommendation of others. I was told a stiff was too weak, and 9.5° was a good loft with the lower spin head. I launch this thing about 15° as it is. When I hit it squarely, it goes about 285 yards in still wind. That's very, very long. Unlike most amatuer golfers who brag they hit the ball far, I actually do.
The real difference is, I'm honest
about how far mine go, and honest about what average
is. Whenever I talk to a PGA pro, I always mention that I'm a long, but honest driver. They sort of grit their teeth and say, "oh, yeah?" I laugh and say, "yeah, I bomb it... like 250-260..." Almost always, they tell me that most of their students believe they hit it much farther than they do, and they're amazed that I'm honest about it. The last pro at the course I'm at was kind of a dick, and he didn't like that many people, but he would always tell me, "I like you, cause at least you're honest. Every other fool out here thinks he bombs it 300, and is just a few strokes away from playing on tour."
But you have to be honest if you want to get better. If I top a drive, and it goes 20 yards, that's part of my average. I did, in fact, shank a drive a while back. Of course, I could
pretend like it never happened, and just forget it, but that'd make me like the rest of the amatuer golfers who are delusional. No, my bad drives will stay a part of my average, because I'm not a lying fool.