Read the whole thread. Can't say I agree with reducing distance.
As I've posted a bunch of other places, I've been trying to break 80 for about 2 years. Its extremely difficult and I haven't yet been able to do it consistently beyond the odd 76, 79 here and there. About a year ago (had a thread on this too) I decided my 230 driver distance was holding me back and started a program to get longer. I got fitted for a new driver with an ultra-light shaft, drilled center-face contact every day and, most importantly, implemented a fitness and strength routine from "Fix your Body, fix your swing" (which is a great book).
I added about 55 yards to my drives and I routinely drive it about 270-280 now.
I got about 2 strokes back. No joke.
Golf is about scoring. I was watching yesterday when Keegan hit a 364 yard drive with Jack in the booth. He then hit 6 iron into a par 5, hit center of the green and two-putted for birdie. A little while later a much shorter hitter hit a drive there, hit 3 wood, chipped, and tapped in for birdie. Same exact score.
Golf is about mental toughness and scoring. Hitting it farther is not all that important to the score. I'd much rather have a great chipping game and hit it 240 than have a poor short game and hit it 280 (<- what i'm like now). 55 extra yards brought me down 2-3 strokes on average, but i'd have probably done better overall just getting a decent short game.
That said, it is *incredibly fun* to hit a 280 yard drive. I don't want to hit it shorter. Don't change it. I wouldn't quit, but booming a big line drive off the tee is one of my favorite feelings in golf. Leave it alone.
Of course hitting it farther is important to the score. In the long term for a pro, a shorter shot into the green is going to result in better scoring. Put a 9 iron in one player's hand and a 6 iron in another's and the longer hitter is going to be closer to the pin much more often. There are plenty of other factors like putting prowess and accuracy off of the tee but accuracy is not a big deal on most tour courses these days. Harbourtown and majors excepted.