Originally Posted by mdl
One thing that just really gets to me is guys (I've only seen men do this) who don't drive a ball over 210 yards all day, but on a 415 yard par 4, they hit one that rolls to 200, then wait til the green clears to hit. I've seen this kind of thing even on like a 430 hole. If you can't drive the ball further than 210 off the tee, I'm damn sure you can't put your 3W 210 off the deck. Hit the damn ball! Worst is when the group in front does this the whole round but never puts a ball closer than 30-40 yards short of the green, even on well struck shots.
This really pisses me off when I'm waiting at the tee box. I know it shouldn't cause if there's a group on the green it's not like play would suddenly get much faster if the group in front didn't like to pretend they could hit it 30 yards further than they can, but it just really peeves me...
I understand this can be frustrating. My buddy and I joined a twosome at the 12th recently and they were excellent players, whereas we were driving short ( but reasonably straight ).
They did not understand why he would hit before me on his second whereas I would always wait, even tho we had equivalent length off the tee. We usually ended up in similar spots.
The reason is, he has a consistent swing, and I do not. He will always hit his 3 wood ~190. My multitude of swing flaws occasionally cancel each other out and I'll catch one flush. This has happened a number of times in the past, and I've been just as surprised as the folks putting out 250 yards away. It's nearly always occurred when I've been laying up.
One question I always hear asked during a round is 'do you think you can reach them'. If the answer is not categorically no, then yes, you wait. Then you hustle up there and make sure you get the pace of play back on track.