If you have the technique and swing speed to hit a 7-iron 220 yards (reasonably high) after playing only 2 months, it seems highly unlikely that you will only hit driver the same distance. Usually there's a gap of ~ 100 yards between the two. Also a 220 7-iron implies the swing speed is ~120-130 so the 3-wood would usually be closer to 280.
@IndianaDundee could be on to something with the damaged / cracked driver head.
@yanni may want to google earth his range and confirm that the range markers are accurate from where he's hitting. Often times a range places permanent markers relative to a fixed point and the hitting line moves up and back. They expect you to step off the difference. Also it's smarter to quote carry distance with irons vs. total distance. If you are catching it super thin and it's rolling forever, that's not really a 'quality' iron shot for most purposes (though could be for links / high wind).
a little far out but......no wind, hot day, condition of the turf could have caused a ball to move owing to the turf springing back after being compressed. I guess to be on the safe side, always mark and place.
Since he seems to be taking an interest, I have decided that I will give a set of Top Flight XL to my grandson, age 15. The clubs look nice, would be considered GI irons, have driver, 3W, 4H, 5H, 6 thru PW and I threw in a Lob and old putter. Also the nice looking stand bag. If he has any of his mom's talent, he should do well. For myself, I am keeping my old Hogan Forged Edges. I've tried the SGI and GI irons and just do not like the feel (or lack of). Still hoping to get a set of fitted Wishon's when I can save up the $$.
Seems contrary to the rules.
Generally it is innocent until proven guilty.
I believe the rule states there is a penalty if the player causes the ball to move. IMHO this means they have to prove the player caused the ball to move.
In this particular case, because the wind was calm, them deemed JT caused the ball to move as there was no outside agency that could have caused the ball to move.
42 years old and only playing 2 months, hits a seven iron 220 yards. I would not say that is a prevarication, but seems highly unlikely. He did not say how he measured the distance i.e. range finder, yardage marker, estimation. If it is accurate then it is impressive. He already addressed the disparity between 7 iron and driver. That part is very easy to accept. I am pretty sure I hit my 5 wood longer than my driver most of the time.