Originally Posted by Meltdwhiskey
I think it can depend on what kind of game you play - and you and I play a very different game. As of today I am a 16.9 cap and I hit 70+% of fairways. But I would rarely make one of your Quality Tee Shots. I don't even carry a driver at this point (although I hope to get it in the bag soon). I hit 4i, hybrid, or 3-wood if it is pretty open. Mostly hybrid - which is good for 200-220 on most hits.
When I first took this up a couple years ago (after a 15 year layoff), I played a game more similar to yours. I did play with driver and it was my worst club and I was in trouble off the tee and had to take some stroke and distance penalties. I decided it was just better to get it in the short grass and try to get it on in 2 or 3 if necessary / make bogeys / get up and down sometimes, etc. I hated the stroke and distance so much. And hated searching for balls and playing from the woods. And hated quad bogeys.
Long story to say there are different types of FIR's. Mine are all pretty short so I might get as many as a lower cap golfer. The lower cap might miss as many as I do, but he'll have a lot of 9i approaches - which I basically never have.
The idea of "quality drives" isn't so much about a specific distance as it is, hitting it to within a 10% radius of your target. If you hit a hybrid 200 yards, than a quality shot for you would only be 180-220 from the tee box with a left right dispersion of say 10 yards. 10% circle around your target.
But you are right, I scramble for almost every par or better, and rarely give myself birdie putts. I went out this morning, Par 71, shot a 92. I had a 10 on a short and straight par 5. Because instead of hitting a hybrid off the tee and putting it in play, I stubbornly tried to hit it off the tee box and dunked 3 in the water. If the first ball was in play I would have had a scrambled birdie. The hole is only like 450 yards long, my drive was like 235. I punched a 4 iron around 150, hit a wedge onto the green and sunk the putt.
The backside, I had another quad bogey on a 175 yard par 3. The pin placement makes it a 155~160 yard water carry, but if you go to the right side of the green, you have a run up fairway, and only around a 115 yard water carry (big landing area) and the back right is protected by a trap. I pushed my tee shot left, and it carried the distance, but because it was left ended up in the water. The course allows for a drop at around 90 yards from the green. I should have taken the stroke and dropped and played for a up and down 4, or 2 putt 5. Nope, I dunked a second in the water, and then finally put the 3rd on the green for a 2 putt 7.
Originally Posted by Golfingdad
6.8 index here. Over my last 20 rounds, I've hit the fairway 44% of the time. I am fairly generous, too, with what I consider a fairway hit. Last round I hit one right where I aimed and it rolled through the fairway on a dogleg. However, the rough at this course is virtually non-existent and I had a clear shot to the green. I counted that as a fairway hit. I also use a hybrid or 4-iron off the tee whenever possible, and I still don't hit the fairway half of the time. For the record, my GIR is actually BETTER than fairways (47.5%) over that same stretch. Not sure if that is common or not.
As a related side note: Looking at rounds individually, my worst round for fairways hit in the last month or so was 36% (5/14). It was a tournament where I shot 76 (the best score I've had since March) and won. Incidentally, that March score I'm referring to is a 73 (par 70) where I only hit 5/13 fairways.
At least in my case, there appears to be no correlation between FIR and score. ;)
I have the same opinion. I am just as accurate from the rough with a PW as I am from the fairway with a 8i. So a quality drive is something that has about 90% of the distance or better and is in position to hit the green (in other words, no scrambling required)
Oh well, I submitted my driver video to Evolvr last night, once they finish laughing at the swing, hopefully they can help me get this corrected.
Man, how I love this game. I finished this mornings round having struggled my way around the golf course. At the same time, I had a devil on my shoulder saying, nobody will miss you at work if you play another 18. (why do we have a halo smiley face, but no devils horn smiley face?)