Re: your longest drive
My longest drive occured on Jones Creek Golf Club on what was at the time their number 17 par 4. It is a slight dogleg left. I think that they've reversed the nines a time or two since so it may now be their number 8 par 4.
I'll not state the distance of the drive because it would sound simply absurd. I'd not believed it if I hadn't of experienced it firsthand.
The wind was howling from the tee box out towards the green. It was one of those days where golf was not a great option. ((The hole prior had a wicked hill to climb on the approach and the wind (right to left) made it even tougher. They've since redesigned this hole and taken the hill out....much easier.))
Anyway...the houses behind the tee box blocked the wind down low so a stable stance and swing was no problem.
I had just added a PING TiSI driver to my bag and thought I was John Daly. Those drivers rang in a new era in length for me.....huge sticks in that day.
I teed the ball higher than normal and set up so that I'd pick the ball up on my upswing. I took a couple of practice swings and grooved a long accelerating arc.
I hit the ball and it absolutely launched.....straight bullet that soared upwards while eating up distance. It did just as I hoped and made it up high into the crazy strong tailwind and disapeared past the gradual dogleg left.
My next shot was a lob wedge and then I two putted for par.