Originally Posted by RFKFREAK
On the course I played this past Saturday, the par 4's ranged from 273-400. I don't think it's a matter of my playing the wrong tees, it's a matter of my drives ranging from 157 to 230, and only finding 4 of 11 fairways Saturday; in other words, very inconsistent. There are plenty of reasons why I'm roughly a 35 handicap and one happens to be I'm inconsistent off the tee, whether it be distance or control.
I also see above you say, "160 is still good for a normal 7i." In my world, I normally hit my 7i around 140.
I'm still working on my game and right now, playing the middle tees, even if it means putting up big numbers, is fun because I'm with my friends who also play those tees and when I'm on the course, it's about enjoying a round of golf.
I might get stomped on for saying this, but in my experience, hitting the driver well is easier than hitting irons well.
Most of us are inconsistent with the driver on the course, and conditions on the course will change all the club distances. However, on normal flat ground and no wind, your drives should be +/-10 to 15 yards, like on a driving range.
If you are saying that your range distances vary from 157 to 230, then this explains why your 7i is "only" 140 yards. Keep in mind that most people hit the 7i that distance, and I was implying that the 160 yard distance is well above average. Hitting 7i 140 and driver 220 with 10 of roll to get 230 is pretty good.
Proper consistency is key, and a great way of gaining it is through effective practice. Even though I am just starting to see the results of this type of practice, I think I am in a position to advocate it.
Getting back to the point, if you can't hit your driver properly consistent, there is no way you can hit your irons consistently either. So, it's more important to gain this consistency to improve your game.
I know my statement sounds like it goes against trying to hit as far as possible, but as you gain the proper type of consistency you gain speed and distance.
BTW, 400 yards is a longer par 4, I don't expect you to see many of them off the "standard white" tees.Edited by Lihu - 4/21/14 at 11:46pm