Originally Posted by tuffluck
there is certainly a point of diminishing results as far as tees go. if you drive 300 yards, a 400 yard par 4 and a 480 yard par 4 are still reachable in two for you. but if you drive 220 yards, the 480 yard tee has turned the hole into a par 5 for you, which doesn't make much sense. the fact that the guy who drives 300 yards can only hit the fairway 1 time out of every 10 tries, and that the 220 yard driver hits the fairway 9 times out of 10 really is completely irrelevant as far as the distance from tee to hole goes IMO. one guy needs to practice more and the other guy needs to eat more wheaties...(only kidding about that last part). ain't got nothing to do with the tips, because the 300 yard driver has the same odds of hitting the fairway no matter the distance of that hole.
I just wanted to chime in, for the record I feel you should play from whatever tee box you like as long as you don't adversely affect others.
However, I disagree with your example. A guy who hits the fairway 10% of the time is not very likely to be at his desired landing area in terms of yardage. A mishit affects both accuracy and distance. So, in your example, the guy who set up for a 300 yard drive but missed has likely found himself only about 260 off the tee and in the rough (or worse). Long hitter or not, it's a hard shot. I'd honestly rather be the 220 guy at that point, 90% fairway's hit means. He is likely to score no worse than 5 on this hole. Should have hit 3w...
I'm just speaking from experience here. I usually play my driver 270. Sometimes I'll stripe it down the middle 280-285. Sometimes I'll slice it and hit it 240. Trust me the hole gets harder when its 30 yards longer than you expected.
Your last statement is an oversimplification too. If there's a dogleg in either direction, there's a good chance that being long off the tee will hurt you even if you pure it. You can definitely drive a ball through a fairway as well.
I guess my point is that a 300 yard driver of the ball has a lot of options off the tee he should be exercising to hit more fairways.