The reason why I started this thread was because it always confused me as to why guys are so caught up on distance over accuracy and distance control. For instance, I have a friend of mine who is a decent player, better than the average hack, that always claims he can hit his PW 160 yards. To me, that's crazy long for a PW. I hit mine 115 to 120 yards, on a pure strike. The problem is that whenever he's 160 yards out, he always pulls out his 7 iron, never his PW, so he's exposed for stretching the truth a bit.
I don't care if he can hit his PW 200 yards but why lie about it when you golf with me at least once a week? We're friends and neither of us should care about how far one another hits a ball with whatever club. If he dials in his PW from 110 yards and knocks it stiff every time, then that's something I would brag about because I can showcase that talent. I don't know, I'm just babbling now.
Basically, he always lies about his distance and he never hits the yardage with the corresponding club that he claims to hit. I'm not a long ball hitter by any means. My average drive is 250-260 yards and I'm thrilled about those distances but I don't brag about them because as soon as I do, I end up have poor drives that day and I look like a bullshitter.
I'll take accuracy over distance any day.
The difference is the "distance you hit a ball" is different for different people.
For example, I hit roughly the same distances as you do. If I take my range distances, I carry a drive about 240 yards. On a municipal course I might drive a bit more or less depending upon the conditions. If it's cold 220 to 230 if it's hot then 250 to 260. On a course like "Hidden Valley Golf", I hit some drives 300 (~120 foot downhill drop) some 150 (uphill duck hooks plowing though desert foliage caused by an over exaggerating a draw setup)
People who drive these distances can quote it many different ways:
1) 240 yards (reasonable)
2) 225 yards (because that is the shortest I expect a drive under normal conditions) (not reasonable)
3) 300 because that is the longest I expect to drive and maybe I can hit my maximum most of the time with practice (not reasonable)
4) 255 because in the summer months that is my average drive on the range and on the flat courses (not reasonable)
There are many purists who look at all conditions and average them to derive their drive distance, the optimists who take their "potential" distance and the rest of us in between.
I do tend to agree that 160 PW is long, but I currently know at least 6 people who probably can do that under normal play conditions in the summer. So, it is not impossible that your friend can do it on a flat lie in perfect wind free conditions at 90 degrees.
Edited by Lihu - 4/16/14 at 1:44pm