Driver Distance

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07/11/2009 at 15:01
Yet another toilet roll droped through my door this morning (although you may know it as Today's Golfer) - even though I'm not a subscriber anymore, I'm think of paying them to stop sending it TBH.....anyway, I digress.

They have a "Ball Buying Guide" section this month (only the 4th "Ball Buying Guide" section this year) and they have the TM Penta in the mix for the first time.

Now I'm a sucker for new balls. I will no doubt get a box of these and then revert back to my old faithful ProV1 soon after.

Ok, I'm not a distance obsessed "wannabe" but......

In the "real" people test they had 2 pros and 2 amateurs testing them. I noticed the driving stats of one Roger Quinton-Jones. Now Mr Jones doesn't look 100, has a bit of meat to him and hasn't got a tragic hcap (19) but, DRIVER distance, 150yds???

Surely that's a typo - or so I thought. All of his ball tests were the roughly same give or take a few yards (150-155). Now that's pretty consistent distance wise but 150yds? Driver??

Even my tragically incompetant ex playing partner - whose weight goes fwd on the backswing & back on the through-swing - can muster that and it would appear he's giving Mr Jones a number of years into the bargain too.

While prodigious distance is not high on my own personal wish list, 150 with a driver would make me think: "You know, instead of blowing £45-£50 on a box of 12 maybe I ought to get a lesson on finding the middle of the clubface a bit better."

Also, I know it's a bit naughty (appealing to my Northern sence of humour), but if a 19hcap appeared on the tee dripping wi' Ping gear (or similar) and was introduced by the starter as "Mr Quinton-Jones next to tee off please." If he proceeded to "smooth" DRIVER a good 150 down there, I mean, would it be so wrong to have a private chuckle to myself?

Forget the gear buddy. Even if you're hitting a Donnay Pro Sport II ball with a £10 quid Donnay Slammer driver and you're only getting 150 then it ain't the ball or kit mate.



Maybe (as some of you will no doubt intimate) Mr Quinton-Jones is *happy* with his DRIVER distance, but seriously, would you be?


07/11/2009 at 15:10
I play with a 74 year old who hits it 180 uphill!
07/11/2009 at 15:25
200 is ok because the means you stand half a chance of reaching most greens in regulation - there or thereabouts - but 150 average means you're not even getting to short par 4's (330-350) in 2.

Maybe his course only has one 300+ yard par 4 hence why he's off 19 rather than 18.



During winter I reckon I don't get much more than 200 or so but I can get round ok with that. Summer probably 220-230. Not long but it's enough. Even I'd have to conceed that 150 is too short.
07/11/2009 at 16:25

I bet he has a good short game to keep his hcap.

Bloody hell it has just occured to me that he won't reach most par 3s with his driver.Shouldn't laugh I know but bloody hell

07/11/2009 at 17:16

Didn't your drive on the par 3 5th end up behind the tee box last Sun, Peng?

I nailed my drive 130 yds!

Oh the joys of links golf on gale force days.

07/11/2009 at 17:44
Actually there's another picture of Roger Quinton-Jones he looks a bit older than I originally thought (he actually looks like The "Big" Lebowski, but obviously not in a wheelchair) but no older than my "would love to have a 19hcap" incompetant former partner.

It was shot at one of those nancy-boy parklands, The Belfry it looks like.

Thing is, on the 18th there he'd need 2 drives to get to the water, another to get over it and then a little chip. Still if he 2 putts he'll get his net par.



Er, just out of interest Pengy & Sparty, if the wind's that bad on tha' links why didn't you just hit a nice easy 1 or 2 iron under the wind?

Heh, heh, heh...
07/11/2009 at 18:39

The wind on this particular day was as low as the soles of my shoes. I'd had to have hit it underground to beat the wind!

Oh the joy of watching Pengs ball rolling back 25ft off the green a good few seconds after the ball had initially come to rest.

Surely this guys average drive distance was measured by the shots that actually stayed on the fairway and discounted his >200 yard shots that went wayward?

07/11/2009 at 20:34
Chris Curry wrote (see)
Actually there's another picture of Roger Quinton-Jones he looks a bit older than I originally thought (he actually looks like The "Big" Lebowski, but obviously not in a wheelchair) but no older than my "would love to have a 19hcap" incompetant former partner. It was shot at one of those nancy-boy parklands, The Belfry it looks like. Thing is, on the 18th there he'd need 2 drives to get to the water, another to get over it and then a little chip. Still if he 2 putts he'll get his net par. Er, just out of interest Pengy & Sparty, if the wind's that bad on tha' links why didn't you just hit a nice easy 1 or 2 iron under the wind? Heh, heh, heh...


Chris

the strength of my game is not in long irons, it is usualy around the green and putting.

Of course when the ball refuses to stay still on the green, putting becomes more of a challenge.

The day in question was beyond rediculous. Well struck drives going under 150yds, pw that go over 150yds, balls that stop on the green and then start moving again.

You really had to be there. To give you an idea, some of the pins had been blown out of the hole. And some of the pins where being blown over that far that the flag almost touched the floor. Wonderful golf.

07/11/2009 at 21:09
I have been *there* many, many times. My course is on the side of an exposed hill, and, I enjoy the links almost exclusively on away trips.

I used to get beat up regular by Madame Gale - that's why I carry "The Knife" in the bag.

Yeah, it doesn't go as far, but at least my power top bumbles along the ground a bit longer than a well struck drive that would end up back at my feet - which is what used to happen.

I don't win the fight with Madame Gale but at least the bruising is less noticeable these days.

I realise that I'm just a scutter & couldn't possibly hit a long iron (and that to me is 3 and down). It's ok, feel free to ridicule - wouldn't be the first time, won't be the last.


08/11/2009 at 01:37

[ridicule]La Jolla[/ridicule]

very windy?.... driver off the deck.

08/11/2009 at 07:56
That's how I managed to nail it 130!
08/11/2009 at 08:02
I just hope that's in a right to left wind Damon......
08/11/2009 at 09:47

On one hole the big hitting Spartacus was outdriven by Hogan by at least 80 yds.

The benefit of a brief lull in the wind and Hogan's superior ball striking.

My little 4 iron was pulled, but up there with Hogan for distance. It really was one of those days to see the funny side and make the most of it.

09/11/2009 at 20:52

Er, just out of interest Pengy & Sparty, if the wind's that bad on tha' links why didn't you just hit a nice easy 1 or 2 iron under the wind?

Heh, heh, heh... Chris it was a tail wind thats why <img title="Click to get more." src="http://cdn.content.sweetim.com/sim/cpie/emoticons/0002006E.gif" /> 







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Edited: 09/11/2009 at 20:53
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