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Average Drive Carry Distance

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  1. 1. How Far Do You Carry Your Drive?

    • Less than 200 yards
      21
    • 200-225 Yards
      88
    • 225-250 Yards
      150
    • 250-275 Yards
      118
    • Over 275 Yards
      43


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I carry the ball about 230 with a lot of spin because of my low shot trajectory, the ball will then roll another 20 yards or so.

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My carry tends to be about 260 with 15-20 yards roll out depending on the course and time of year. Have hit quite a few well beyond this but then there is absolutely no guarantee of where the ball is going to go!! can be very entertaining.

Luckily enough being 6"2 i can get some good leverage and distance without having to swing to hard

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I can carry about 250-260 and then reach about 260-300 with lots of roll.

Im young so i can generate good speed.

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I carry 275+ with about 10-12 yds. of roll. That was when I played religiously and had confidence in my driver. Now its the same, but the roll is generally 20 yds. to the right. What a wonderful game, huh?

Oh, Handicap is so high because within 50 yds I am a fish out of water. Practice, Practice, Practice

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Air carry between 260 and 270 with my driver which is the original Nike SQ 9.5 with the stock stiff shaft. I can get it out there farther if I do a John Daly ankle scratching backswing with a Sergio shoulder turn but I have to turn my head and I can't always remember where I left the ball. This club won't hold up for much of a late release so the swing has to be long and smooth.

I can easily carry my 3 wood, Nike SQ2 15 with stock xstiff shaft, 260 because the shaft is stiff enough to hold during a late release. Needless to say the driver hasn't been used since I got this club.

xstiff pull on order for the driver.

I haven't had time or opportunity to get any kind of fitting. I have tried a few of my friends drivers, but none have a x shaft.

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I measure drives based on what the gps tells me I have left to the green. All through high school and college golf we would look for the 150 marker and play for it depending on which side of the fairway we needed to be on. In college the longest guy I knew was my teammate R.W. Eaks, Bob used persimmon back then as I did and had an average carry of 290 to 310 in the early 70's. Bob had and has forearms like Popeye. There is no question that today's equipment has slowed down father time for us old dogs a little bit, but I'm always playing against 30 something pro's and the body types of these guy's today is much different and the training(weight's etc) has taken abilities to new height's. I really enjoy attempting to keep up with them but it's tough, at 55 i'm hanging in there but I've had to try alot of new things to keep up. My latest thing is 2 drivers a 9* and 12*. I move the 9* low and straight and the 12* I bomb to achieve lots of carry. I just played in Vegas Monday and so far so good.....bwgolfer

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crazy replies to these questions!


1 golfer in 25 hits the ball a carry of less than 200 yards? where are you people when i am at the driving range hitting 6 irons past you?

4% cannot carry the ball over 200 yards - crikey!! the standard at the ranges i go to must be awful! next time i am up i will tell them all to give up

k

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Personally I can carry a good 285-295 with a roll bringing it to 310. This is with no wind and and off the tee. I think its quite well, I've been practicing only on this aspect of my game other than my tee I'm not too well.

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I hit a ball 315 yesterday on a straight par 4 with a strong tail wind no CP or anything. The question I have is how do you see how far it carries? It's real tough for me to see a ball past 290.

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This thread should have been called best carry ever

Golf Digest: 1 inch off center hit will result in 9% less distance.

So you high handicappers who carry 280 but rarely make fairways would actually carry 305 if you could hit the ball straight, suggesting 127+MPR clubhead spead

Golf Digests study does not account for poor swing (over the top, etc). So taking proper form into account 315-320 (133+MPR) carry would be achievable. Suggesting that you could poke a few drives on center and with good form, 335-350 yards is reasonable when you don't mess up, at least the math would support my theory. If you accomplished this 4 times per round, you would be chipping on for 2 or 3 (par 5)...chip and a 2 put at worst.

As for the rest of the holes
1/2 boggie, up and 2 putts
1/2 double boggie, pitch, chip, 2 puts (or pitch 3 putts, chip 3 putts)

Birdies equal out triples. But since you're a mid handicap as I'll suggest bellow, you would never enter a triple into the computer.

You would literally be chipping on for 2 on 1/3rd of the par 4's in North America; playing from the whites which is your designated tee. You'd also reach a minimum of 50% of the par 5's in 2

You would never shoot worse than a 93, Suggesting an average of about 88 and a handicap (a measure of your best rounds) of around 12.

My conclusion...280 yards carry could never equal a 20 handicap. No one on average is that good with a driver and that bad with a wedge. There are exceptions of course, but this poll suggests that the majority are the exception

Of course I could just be Jealous

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This thread should have been called best carry ever

my course has 14 driveable OB holes. 280 is dangerous.

I've seen plenty of high cappers pull a drive out of their ass then chunk it once or twice to get on the green in 4 or 5. I've seen a guy (19 HC) hit a drive 350 and end up with a 3 putt 5. Most high cappers who are long can't chip or putt. Most high cappers only have one part of their game in play at any one time.... Driver, Irons, Chipping, or Putting. They might put two shots together 3-4 times per round.

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200-225 Yards with my driver right now at a slightly uphill range, and we all know how bad of shape most range balls are in.

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I've seen plenty of high cappers pull a drive out of their ass then chunk it once or twice to get on the green in 4 or 5.

But they are not pulling the distance out of their ass on average...

They are not averaging 130+MPR clubhead speed... The average golfer according to Golf Digest cannot carry 200 yards. 4% of those golfers are represented here.

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I played the par 4 11th at the Marriot at worsley UK in very wet/cold conditions and it plays 293 to the centre of green, pin was at the back and i drove it pin high and the ball stopped next to its pitch mark, so im guessing couple yards shy of 300 carry.... have done 370 at my local course with no elevation or wind, so im guessing that was around 320 carry, my accuracy is pga standard too but my putting is somewhat pathetic, i shot 87 yesterday and made no 1 putters, even made a 3 putt par from about 18ft on the hole i drove the green

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I have a unique golf game, I am 16 and 135 pounds, slim - rediculously flexible- and I can carry the ball about 280 when I'm on and my timing and what not is working, however, when my timing is off im down to about 240-255 yards of carry. My swing relies on timing, i dont have the strength to back up the badly timed swings. Its fun for me to wow people off the tee, but my distance comes and goes.

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