From browsing the forums here and Facebook comment sections I can conclude that most golfers drive the ball far in excess of 300 yards and can easily carry mid irons 200 yards under normal conditions. My question is this: How does one who hits it such distances avoid leaving themselves half wedges into most of the par 4's? Take a "normal" length par 4 of 400 or so yards. If you hit it 330 off the tee (which seems well within the capacity of lots of posters here) you are left with approximately 70 yards. Now for a guy who hits it 330 off the tee it seems highly unlikely that will be anywhere near a full swing with even the highest lofted wedge. I'm guessing that if you drive it 330 with a swing speed in the 120ish range your 150 club is some sort of wedge. Even if it's the lowest lofted wedge in your bag, let's say a PW at 46ish degrees, that means your next wedge is in the 50-52 degree range at 140ish, sand wedge at 130ish, lob wedge at 120ish. Do you play on courses much longer than most? Do you hit an iron off the tee on par 4's shorter than 450? Do you just swing harder and drive the green so you don't have to hit a half wedge?
I carry the ball 280+ in calm 80 degree conditions at about 2000ft above sea level.
To answer you're question most courses I play are 7000+. I played one a few days ago that totalled about 7600 with a bunch of par 4's that were 440-480 and 2 par 5's at more than 600.. Outside of the par 5's I didn't pull anything more than a 6 iron for a second shot. There is a course I like to play that's 6500 and yeah, I'm hitting wedges in. Even the longer courses when it gets hot and the ball flies and there's some roll I hit a lot of wedges.. so I have a 46, 50, 54, 58, and sometimes a 64 in my bag. My distances through my bag seem to be pretty spot on with th eupper end of PGA tour avg. The accuracy (especially off the tee) and putting is what keeps my scores up.
The other thing to remember is some courses have lots of doglegs and such, so on a 500 yard hole you can still hit a 300 yard drive and have 250 in if the angle is bad.
I understand the questioning, I'm not even the longest of my friends in our little competetive circle, and whenever I or we get paired with other guys there's usually a lot of head shaking and laughing, they apparantly don't see length like that often, and why would they? I really don't think I, we, are all that long. I've played with a few D1 kids that can rip, a few guys that are DJ long, and a girl who hits it deep too.
There are way more guys and gals who can ball out there but you'll never see em unless you enter some usga sanctioned tournies, state ams and such or go play in some decent sized skins games.
I see a lot of posts doubting stated distances from people, and I get it.. But honestly, if you're healthy, in decent shape with some strength, and you're willing to put in the work, you can hit it 300 at least a few times a round, it's not that hard with the new equipment.. however it is much easier to just doubt and nay say everyone else.