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250+ anywhere in the short stuff!

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A great drive= 280-300 in the fairway

A good drive= 280-300 just into the rough

A bad drive= 280-300 in the trees(this happens more than the great drive lol)

A shot that I would give my left *** for would be the ability to eliminate one side of the course. Been working on it and have made progress but that push, push/fade creeps back every now and then. 

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I realize that all shots have a dispersion pattern that could be left, right, long, or short of my target.  Therefore,  as long as my tee shot is within that pattern and I can advance the ball toward the green I consider it a good tee shot. 

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As long as my second shot is unimpeded to the green, or a second shot play on a par 5, I’m ok. Granted, I don’t mean in three foot high fescue, as that shot is impeded.... 

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That finishes near my intended target. 

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Good drive is when I can hit the 2nd shot unencumbered by trees, bushes, or a bad lie like thick and/or long grass.  This would include being able to use a fairway wood or hybrid if necessary on a par 5.   

With at least 80% of my potential distance for the club used from the tee.

And of course, no penalty stroke has been incurred.  


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I'm normally in the fairway with my driver and can place it on the left or right side when necessary. So no complaints about my accuracy. But I could use a little more distance. Currently about 230  / 240 so an extra 20 yards would be nice.  Then I would consider that a good drive for me. 

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For me anything over 280 with a look at a shot at the green us a good drive. Great drive is anything over 300 with a shot in the green. My Arccos smart distance is 289 right now. Hoping to get it over 300 as it warms up. 

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For me, on a par 4 would be 7i or less for a second shot. On a par 5, ability to go for it in 2 with my 5w. 

Super simple because if those conditions are met then it doesn't matter the lie.

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260ish..in the fairway..with no obstructions and a clean  2nd shot. 

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In the fairway with an unimpeded second shot is what I'd consider a good drive for me. I don't care too much about the distance, it's the dispersion.

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Anything at my normal distance (260+) with an unobstructed second shot. I'm not playing tour level rough on my local courses so fairway is indifferent. I hit about 30% of fairways, but almost 80% of my drives are good by this standard.

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Any drive that leaves me with an unobstructed second shot in short grass. I’m left with that about 60% of the time. I average about 245, longest drive in 2020 was 276 yds, not counting my 303 yd drive that landed on a cart path on the fly even though it finished in the fairway (dogleg left).

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Early in the year, i got to see what my ideal drive was: about 255 to 265 carry, about 275 to 285 total and dead straight with little shape. 

Unfortunately, getting that to a consistent point has been the issue. Especially since this past year I've put more focus on my wedges and short irons than my driver. 

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Predictable shape, predictable carry, and correct side of the fairway for an easy approach shot it a great drive. A good drive is either predictable carry and one of the other two. An ok drive is just one of the above, and a bad drive is where none are executed. 

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As a perfectionist 5 hcp, "Good Drive" means within 5 yards of my aim point and desired landing zone. "Great Drive" is exactly as intended. "That'll Play" means preferably in the short grass with line of flight to the hole with no need for any tricky on custom stance, trajectory, purposeful hook/slice, or some miraculous striping the ball through some made up hole in the branches of ill placed trees. 

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It's 90% Mental

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