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I've been working on my drives for many years now, only incorporating the X-Step and Power-Grip recently back in 2009. I've read many instructional articles and watched many videos, and have played with some big-arm players picking up a few tips here and there.
My average drive is 285'-300' and pretty accurate. My longest is 340' and only happened once.
I'm 55 years old and 5' 8" tall. I am coming to the conclusion that this is maximum distance for me.
I am pretty happy with it and actually think it's pretty darn good, until I watch some young guns that toss it out there 400+, including my son who is 29 and 6' tall.
I was just curious what others are throwing for an "average" drive and whether you think 300' is a "respectable distance" for this old guy.
My average is around 300 - 350ft With a best throw of around 450ft, I am 34 and 5'10" with back problems.
I just moved up big time in D after being a caddy for a great player, and taking the time to watch him and others on the card throw. I moved up by 80ft with great aim! And to top it off I am not throwing as hard so my back does not hurt as much after I play an even better game.
That is kind of a subjective question, and it would depend on if I'm on the course or in a field.
I'm 44 years old, 6'2", and 238lbs. Been playing 7 months
On course 350', more if it is a wide open hole for a flex shot.
In a field 380' + the last time I checked.
Once I started hitting the lines on the course that I was looking for, I kinda stopped checking the distance numbers. They are kinda useless when most courses I play don't require 400+ power, and when they do, it's usually from elevation. I tend to worry more about lines and setting up for my second shot and can I hold that line with the disc of choice.
Oh, and I've heard it all. You're too old to throw that far, you're to new at the sport to throw it that far, you aren't messuring the distances right. I'm at La mirada Regional in California if you want to come play a round, I'd love the company.
I suppose thats why the "Maxing out at 300 feet" post over on DGR is the most viewed topic in the techniques section.
There aren't that many people just pulling out the old 450 footer anytime they want. I have played with 1, maybe 2 guys that can throw that kinda distance whenever they want to. And....to do it on course while shaping the shot, yikes.
Will I ever hit that kinda distance someday, probably not. I do have plenty of flaws in my technique to clean up that would definately bring more distance, but I may just have too many physical limitations to achieve that rare air.
If it's at my back, I throw something understable and enjoy the laser. If its blowing at me, I throw something overstable and watch my nose angle and take into account the stronger fade and adjust my line accordingly. We don't get huge winds here in California, so most of the time it is only minor adjustments.
Right on Mr. Ed......it's still our world til they pry it out of our cold dead hands.