Yea I'm definitely not comparing my driving to them obviously or my course management. I understand the things they see are different from what I would see but still I just wonder why, if they need to hit a straight drive it goes so far off? I know it is a hard game but it just seems after all these years Tiger could be closer to being as accurate as some of the other good drivers out there.
I'm a Tiger fan but I just wonder about his driver.
You are hugely underestimating the pressure factor, distance they are playing from vs. you and their desire to position the ball in specific places off of the tee.
Tiger and other players on the PGA tour hit their drives to specific positions on the fairway to give themselves varying angles to the greens and pin locations (if they are pin hunting). Because of this, the areas in where they have to land the ball is extremely small. In some cases, the position off of the tee may be in the rough (you would be surprised).
If you had the opportunity play golf with Tiger in a "casual" round on a Tuesday morning or something like that, you would see the most incredible ball striking exhibition have ever seen in your life off of the tee. It would be so incredible to see that you would question if it's real. Really, that would be your reaction with most PGA Tour professionals if you ever had a chance to play casually with one. However, while in contention, Tiger and his caddie devise up their game plan and stick to it. That's what I notice about Tiger. When he has a game plan (even if it isn't working), he sticks to it and on days where he's not as accurate, you will see what you are describing. On days when he is accurate, he wins and wins allot (8 times in the last two seasons to be exact).