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Longest drive you've hit DOWN WIND?.............


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Posted 26 November 2012 - 04:47 PM

This topic we'll get some people going.......... =)

My course here in Melbourne blows pretty hard. Some rounds the holes are downwind, the next week the same hole is in your face.

Anyway, Par 5, 565 metres. (617 yrds) Pumped my Drive 367 meters. (401 yrds) - 910D3 Proforce V2 66g stiff.

Yeah the wind was ridiculous..... but ill take my 401 yrd drive! hahahaha.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 04:49 PM

365 with wind and cart path.

I'll hit about ten 300-310 drives per year with high winds and hard fairways. I'm joining the PGA next year...  :cheesy:
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 04:55 PM

Not sure what the longest was as I usually forget to mark my gps at the tee to measure it. This past weekend I hit one 354 with about a 20mph tail wind. The next shot was 191 and I hit a 7 iron just over the green. A 7 for me generally flies 175, so the wind was helping it quite a bit.

I have probably hit a few farther than that in the summer when the temps are around 100 degrees and the ball is flying farther, but I don't know the exact yardage.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 04:56 PM

1st hole at my old home course. 394 yard par 4, played in on a cold January Day.  Downwind, and the fairway was still frozen.  I drove it down the middle of the fairway.  I thought I'd find it about 100 yards out.  I kept walking and walking and walking..and found it just off the back fringe.  

It's a good thing I got this thread early.  I know I wont' even be in the top 50 by the time it's all said and done  :)
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 05:18 PM

I didn't hit it but during my PAT at the PGA of Southern California golf club, I forget which club and hole # but we were playing in Santa Ana winds.  On a par 5 dude hit it into a cross bunker about 100-120 yards from the green so it was 400 yards plus.  It was really firm and really windy.


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Posted 26 November 2012 - 06:03 PM

I'll jump in here...played in Ireland - Connemara Golf Club (west coast links course). Very strong downwind and firm. It was a 531 metres (580+ yards) par 5 - driver went at least 410....I hit a 9i second 30 yards over the green. Next hole was back into it, about 470 par 4, that was a driver, 3W, and a 3i third shot to get on. Wind was at least 50mph.

Also hit a couple over 400 at Beaver Creek Golf Course near Vail CO.....high altitude + downhill + downwind = ball go very far. That was crazy. Very hard for a high ball hitter to control your iron shot distances on that course.
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 06:10 PM

407, but here is the "preface":


Drought year - course was baked dry. I got about a hundred yards of roll.

Second half of the hole is slightly downhill.

I was experimenting with a 49 inch driver.

Steady wind behind.

Swung as hard as I could and somehow managed to hit it flush with a square face.
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 06:23 PM

457 Kapalua Plantation #18

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 06:32 PM

Impossible to measure but 600+ would be a good estimate...driven off the top of a 500 ft cliff into the Atlantic Ocean at Point Sagres, Portugal......I would guess the wind was about 40 mph straight out to sea....couldn't resist teeing a few up and letting them fly.......and FLY they did!!! :cheesy:
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 06:50 PM

340-345, huge high draw with around 20 mph winds. Firm fairways and a hard as rock top flight.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 07:15 PM

350 with about 30 mph wind behind.. high ball hitter that caught one really well.
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 07:24 PM

335 with a 3wood was my recent best. Fairway has a huge downhill dropoff and I managed to land it perfectly on the downslope. At Osage National in Missouri.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 07:36 PM

391 at Sandia GC in Albuquerque hole 17. Also downhill and 1 mile up. 9 iron on the green in 2...3 puts for par. Old Ping Si380 8*.
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 08:56 PM

There's a 510 yard par 5 at my course, usually plays dead down wind. I have put it in the greenside bunker before. I must have caught a sprinkler head, or some a** moved my ball up there.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 09:25 PM

365 drove a par 4 lol...


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Posted 26 November 2012 - 10:53 PM

Hard to measure, its still going.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 11:00 PM

I hit one once on a 515 yard par 5, not a huge wind at my back but about 15 mph.  This was way back in the day with a Titleist Professional and a Taylormade Burner driver with a titanium flextwist shaft.  We got out there and couldn;t find it.  I hit it right down the middle and we were like wth.  I found it at 95 yards out.  I am almost 100 percent certain it hit a sprinkler head.  I have hit a bunch in the 340-360 range downwind.
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Posted 27 November 2012 - 12:55 AM

Hmm...oddly enough, I can't think of any really big drives I've hit downwind. I did, however, hit one about 410 yards when playing just outside of Salt Lake City; had 165 yards left to the 575 yard 14th hole at Thanksgiving Point. I've hit a couple others 390+ on my old home course that didn't have fairway irrigation as well. Either way, wind or not, those are as long as I've hit one.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 01:17 AM

When I was about 15 I hit a 6 iron from my parents front yard down our street.  Found the ball near a telephone pole at the very end where it turns into a main road.  Thankfully I didn't hit anything or get in trouble for being an idiot.  My best friend came over for Thanksgiving last week when I was back home and after a few pops that conversation came up... we lasered that telephone pole with my Z6 at 477 yards.... lol.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:33 AM

I hit a 5 iron 290 once. Downhill, 35 mph wind, off the back side of a bunker. Fun as hell.

Other than hitting a sprinkler head, I doubt I've hit a drive that went over 330 in any kind of weather.

I was working at a course when someone bombed a drive that hit the cart path and almost hit me...not hard, but it rolled 20 yards past me. It was almost dark and I knew all the paid players were off the course so I got pissed off and stomped the ball into the mud.

My little brother comes walking up a few minutes later saying "I KILLED that ball...I think it hit the path. I might be on the green!"

It probably went about 380 or 390.


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Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:58 AM

View Postscratchswinger, on 26 November 2012 - 06:23 PM, said:

457 Kapalua Plantation #18

Wow. And I was puffed up over 372 on the same hole.  :clapping:
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Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:08 AM

Downhill, downwind, and at altitude (Park City Utah), plus with rental clubs (snuck out during a work convention), I reached a greenside bunker on a 500-ish par 5. I don't remember the exact details (it was 15-odd years ago), and I did not have any way to measure it, but it was probably in the 450-475 range.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:51 AM

About 360 lined up with the fringe on a par 4 at my old home course.  Hole is uphill, then back down.  If you hit straight at the green another hill stops the ball from rolling up, but left of the green it can roll up.  It takes a friendly wind to carry the top of the hill (for me anyways) but if you do, the reward is nice.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 11:02 AM

View Postscratchswinger, on 26 November 2012 - 06:23 PM, said:

457 Kapalua Plantation #18

438 same hole!
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Posted 27 November 2012 - 11:05 AM

387 downwind flat hole landed on hardpan got a big first bounce

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 11:14 AM

View Posttembolo1284, on 27 November 2012 - 11:02 AM, said:

View Postscratchswinger, on 26 November 2012 - 06:23 PM, said:

457 Kapalua Plantation #18

438 same hole!

What tee box were you on?

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 11:17 AM

About 367 (365 to 370 - lasered from ball to front of tee box then pacing to where the tee markers were).

Longest drive I ever will hit in my life time. I hit the ball better this year, but not 1.) at altitude (Banff Springs) to 2.) a perfect fairway from 3.) an elevated tee box. Not sure how many yards those 3 elements added, but that shot alone was a rush worth the heinous greens fees,

It was on the 15th hole which I guess used to be the opening hole at one time.

The tee box is on the roof of an old building left of the left edge of this picture. I was so excited to be there I only took pictures on the front nine. On the back nine I focused on golf. This picture is from random google search.

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Edit: just reread the title. My drive above was not downwind, but there were more than enough favourable conditions to make up for it.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 12:08 PM

Not a clue, really.
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Posted 27 November 2012 - 01:30 PM

320 downhill and downwind.

Better question - what's the shortest GOOD drive you've had into the wind. :) I'm sure someone has a story where the ball ballooned and wound up behind them.

I played awhile back at the Pete Dye River Course in Virginia. I did not get a wind speed but the gusts must of been in the mid 30s. On one tee my wife nearly fell over from the wind when she took her back swing - it was definitely gusting.

I'm not a long hitter but I can usually average around 250 any given day. I didn't see any drives past 180/190 that day that day as every damn hole seemed to be playing into the wind. I eventually switched to hitting a long iron off the tee to keep the ball down out of the wind. Before that I hit a good shot on a par 5 only to watch the ball fall dead out of the sky 75 yards later. It was a rough round. On the plus side we had the course all to ourselves!

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 02:11 PM

500 yd par 5 on Atlantic Ocean.. In August ground is hard/firm and there is a bank like wall along the left side of the fairway funnels down to flat. Maybe 20 mph wind at the backs. All three players were over 400 yds off tee. 70, 75 78 yds (me) to the green. Now, the next hole is 410, winding uphill coming back with the wind in the face. Three walloping drives. Mine was 160 and the other two were not far ahead. Three birdies on the five, two bogeys and a double on the par 4. I hit driver 3 iron wedge to the green. If the wind changes then the 5 is a monster and the 4 is a lot easier. Seen a lot of big hitters do threes on the five and a lot of 8+s when that wind shifts.


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