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  1. 1. How far can you go w/ the Driver on average?

    • 75 - 150 yards
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    • 151 - 200 yards
      51
    • 201 - 260 yards
      430
    • 261 - 285 yards
      287
    • 286 - 320 yards
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    • 321 - or more
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To me, the more experience I get, straight is way more important than long.     I have been working on a controlled swing & I'm not ashamed to admit I'm happy with around 240-250 yds off the tee.

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Average controlled driver swing gets me right around 245-255 with little to no roll (playing a controlled fade).  When I play a draw I'm probably more in the 265-270 range, but I have a hard time keep

To me, the more experience I get, straight is way more important than long.     I have been working on a controlled swing & I'm not ashamed to admit I'm happy with around 240-250 yds off the tee.

The question is "How far can you go w/ the Driver on average?", which I assume means, when you're driving well, what's your typical average good drive with a driver. Everyone bares their claws at the guys claiming to hit 280-300 (that's too wide btw - 285 versus 295 is more of a difference than 225 versus 235 - just saying) but nobody doubts the guy who claims to hit an average of 240 with a long of 270. Really? You've never hit past 270 and your average is as high as 240? You lie.

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Originally Posted by sean_miller

The question is "How far can you go w/ the Driver on average?", which I assume means, when you're driving well, what's your typical average good drive with a driver. Everyone bares their claws at the guys claiming to hit 280-300 (that's too wide btw - 285 versus 295 is more of a difference than 225 versus 235 - just saying) but nobody doubts the guy who claims to hit an average of 240 with a long of 270. Really? You've never hit past 270 and your average is as high as 240? You lie.


yea, lately i have been hitting drives in the range of 280. 240 is way too low for golfers who have decent handicaps, plain and simple

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When I was 17 years of age I used a cobra ss 370 reg shaft and drives of 200-215- reliably straight were typical. Last year I decided to set about trying to find my way to longer drives which in my view would be necessary to lower my score as I was already good around the greens. I dispensed with lake balls and picked up some pro v1s which I now use and bought a cleveland launcher 330 stiff which brought me up to 230 ish. Just the other day I got a nice Callaway FT-9 Diamana stiff and looks like I've added a few more yards. Without lessons I've worked hard on my swing. I'd say i now have a genuine average of about 245. On a lengthy par 4 of 415 yards that leaves a 5 iron (yes my irons do need replaced!) but more often than not I'm hitting a wedge in.

The moral of the story is that in my experience driving only 200 can make it difficult to score well but 245 is more than acceptable. I've had my eyes on 280 but the more you read about those sort of figures the more you wonder. The average on the pga tour is what- 295? It is just far fetched that people who mishit shots, duff shots and okay, maybe power a few down the middle can claim that 270-300 is their average. I've also had to realise that here in irIreland the fairways are soggy year round, the wind is immense and the atmosphere thick. What does driving into the wind with a 200 yard drive do to your average.

In the end I'm sure I could get another few yards out of my drives although in saying that I'd probably be getting near to 1-5 handicap if I was to accomplish that. I'm not longer chasing people who claim an average which is too high. Anyone with an average of about 250 is in my opinion going to be a very low handicap and 270 or more is probably going on scratch.

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Originally Posted by brgolf

. . .  Anyone with an average of about 250 is in my opinion going to be a very low handicap and 270 or more is probably going on scratch.


That's probably not far from the truth, but I think the most important stat in driving is how many drives per round give you a decent chance to get on the green. If someone hits their driver 220 yards then has 200 yards to the green, they're going to have a tougher time scoring than a guy with a 250 yard drive and 170 yard approach. Assuming both drives are in play, over time the longer driver would likely have more scoring opportunities versus the shorter driver.

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Originally Posted by inthehole

To me, the more experience I get, straight is way more important than long.     I have been working on a controlled swing & I'm not ashamed to admit I'm happy with around 240-250 yds off the tee.



Ashamed?  I averaged 250 with my driver yesterday and I was ecstatic with it.  I usually suck with my driver but hit 2 of 3 fairways with the driver yesterday and the one I didn't hit was 3 inches into the first cut.  I was still able to hit 7-iron onto the green in regulation.

As long as we're not talking a very long course, 250 on average (and straight, of course) would be more than acceptable for me.

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I'm new to this all and I've only been on the range but I tend to carry it about 160 right now.  I've bombed a few over 230 but I'm not consistent at all.  I hope that with more practice I can hit it further more consistently.

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Originally Posted by kennya123

I'm new to this all and I've only been on the range but I tend to carry it about 160 right now.  I've bombed a few over 230 but I'm not consistent at all.  I hope that with more practice I can hit it further more consistently.


Range balls are often designed not to go as far.

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Originally Posted by brgolf

Range balls are often designed not to go as far.


True.  I can't wait to get out to a course and really see how far I can hit a nice new ball, amongst other golf skills.

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On the range - about 150

I get more height than distance,,, oops

at least it's going fairly straight now though!

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voted 201-260...

On average I can air it out to about 230, using range balls.

Haven't figured out what I hit with non range balls.  Will get it figured out next time i hit a course.

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Average controlled driver swing gets me right around 245-255 with little to no roll (playing a controlled fade).  When I play a draw I'm probably more in the 265-270 range, but I have a hard time keeping that draw from turning into a hook.  When I catch one pure I can put it out there 280 yards, but that's maybe once or twice a round.  I tend to play very early in the morning when the course is wet so I don't get much roll unfortunately.

Furthest I've ever hit one was 363 yards - downwind, on a firm fairway, and I was thirteen years younger.  I still remember it though.  515 yard par-5.  I took a huge swing since I wanted to give myself a chance at eagle.  As soon as I made contact I turned to my playing partners and said "that one is LOOOOOOOONNNNNNNGGGGG.  REALLY REALLY LONG."  I had never hit a ball that pure before and I haven't since.

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I have had a couple like that, boy does it feel good. I think my longest was around 330yrds down wind and i day that i couldn't do anything wrong on the course, on avg i hit 280-290yrds. I feel more comfortable with an iron in my hand though..I love them par 3's

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Ive never hit over 250, but they are straight! If I crank on it I push the ball right.

Im ok with that though. One day Ill take a lesson or 12 and really learn how to get the distance.

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Speaking of lessons, after my most recent lesson my average has gone up.  I'm back to using my driver again.  I probably averaged 270 off the tee with it today (3 times).

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