i hit a 365 yard uphill drive yesterday, and i normally drive about 270 on average. there was a little wind behind me, but on the return hole into the wind, i drove 315. the 365 yarder did feel more solid than any shot i've hit in my life, but there is no way i actually drove it 365 yards in normal conditions. how much does the hard ground effect roll and distances during the winter months? the ground was really hard yesterday and i'm assuming it added at least 30 yards of roll. assume another 30 from the wind and i drove about 300 yards, which is completely reasonable for me if i catch the club correctly.
driving distance in the winter
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Oh if its frozen hard ground, little or no grass, you can get a ton of roll. The past two summers have been very dry in Dayton, and some of the courses save on water. I've driven the ball 290-300 with a punch 3-wood shot, ball lands about 220 out and rolls another 80 yards. I can pretty much pin point were the ball will go with that shot. If it was spring of fall with soft ground, i would probably get 15-20 yards.
ah crap, i didn't want you guys to say that much roll!! haha. well, it isn't freezing here, it was 75 yesterday. i am not sure i understand it, but i do think even though we haven't had a frost yet here in dallas, most of the muni courses stop watering and the ground is pretty firm. i'm sure it helped the roll at least a little bit, although i played the same course on thanksgiving day when it was cold, and my longest drive was only 280. so, it can't be all the roll...