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I was thinking about this the other day. Over the past few months with companies coming out with "long range" drivers a noddle arm such as myself can throw (Flow, Katana, Nuke, Vulcan etc...). I've been able to birdie holes that were a jump putt or upshot. So, a hard faught "2", but normally a solid "3". Now, they are pick up your disc and slap the chains birdies. Don't get me wrong, I'm kind of digging it and I also know accuracy and solid putting still plays a roll.
Look at the PGA when they had to start "Tiger proofing" courses and I'm not talking about hiding the women lol! Also they started restricting makes/styles of clubs. I've already started to see "insert pro name" proofing of courses. Ya, know, with crime scene tape all over the place for "OB's" and what not. My home course has also extended some holes with new pin placements, but you can only go so far before you run out of property.
So what's next? Are we headed towards restricting what companies can do? Yes, I know they (PDGA) already do to some degree, but will the powers that be. Have to become even more restrictive? Or can you only push disc tech so far before it's self limiting?
Would love to hear what Chuck, Dave D, Mark and the rest of you all have to say!
Unless the course is designed as an open field, I see no advantage in being able to throw 1,000 feet. It has taken me 2 years of daily practice after learning of the X step and power grip to be able to throw 350'. That is a good throw for me, my average is about 285-315 with extreme accuracy and consistency. I am on the course daily and rarely do I see anyone throwing 300'. Most are throwing in the 225-250 range. I do run into a group every now and then that can toss 400'+, but that is uncommon.
The irony is on a 450' hole, I can easily par(3) with a 250' drive and a 200' approach which lands me right next to the basket for a drop-in par. In contrast, someone that can toss a 400' drive still has to make a 50' approach to land next to the basket for a drop-in putt. Score remians tied!
I realize there are some big arms out there, but I often wonder how many of these 450'+ throws are accurately measured. I spoke to a guy once who claimed he could throw 500'. I asked how he measured the distance and his reply was: "I threw it at the basket and it landed right next to the pole, it's the longest hole on the course and it looks like it is at least 500 ft". What a moron!
I'll remain happy with my 350' and I hope they continue to improve plastic for greater distance as it sure is fun to watch those long flights.
By the way, I measure my distance using a GPS survey grade unit, I confirmed the accuracy with a rollo-wheel and a calibrated steel tape. 350' remains my longest (other than a freak roller). I applaude those that can throw farther than me and I know there are many people who can, but more aften than not a claim of 400'+ drive as an average shot is a lot of BS in my opinion.