Originally Posted by Lihu
Regardless, if he can reach 270-280 then better mechanics would make that distance more controlled. That's more on the lines of my question.
I'm not terribly knowledgeable about this and certainly am not looking for argument, but isn't it possible that the best ball strikers in the world can get more distance but it would come at the expense of lesser control? And we're talking about folks who devote most of their waking hours into being the best they can.
For me personally, I can get the driver club head to move faster by "reaching back". When everything is synched and I hit the sweet spot on the face, I get longer drives that stay in play. But I only try this at the course when I'm feeling like everything is working and I have a wider fairway.
On these shots, the difference in effort may be 10 to 20% (pulling those numbers out of my ass), the results in yards gained may be 20 - 30 yards, but with that comes the far greater increased risk of throwing off my timing and/or hitting off-center. The result is less yards or an OOB. I believe most of us are familiar with our games and use pretty good judgement on when to pull this swing out.
As far as developing this, of course we all want a longer drive that we can keep in play. But I think there's a point where most of us can only advance at a certain pace due to available practice time or in my case, having to learn on my own and with perhaps limited physical ability.
Sorry, this is a bit