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2 questions about distance

Postby coogs » Fri Jul 28, 2006 4:32 pm

What's a ballpark number of pros that are able to consistently launch 450' drives? I understand the Internet has a tendency to make people exaggerate, but in reading the PDGA message boards, there seems to be a ton of people that can crush these drives on a whim.

What do you guys think the minimum distance for consitent drives is to be competitive on the Open level? This is assuming you have a solid mid-range and putting game. I need a realistic number to shoot for, because I doubt I'll be hitting 450 with any regularity as so many people seem to be able to do. :lol:
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Postby Blake_T » Fri Jul 28, 2006 5:13 pm

you have to distinguish between 450' raw d and 450' of golf/line drive d.

450' raw d isn't that uncommon.

consistent 450' of controllable golf d is maybe like 300 people in the world.

most pros throw 350-410'
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Postby coogs » Fri Jul 28, 2006 5:15 pm

Blake_T wrote:you have to distinguish between 450' raw d and 450' of golf/line drive d.



You're right, I should've stated in terms of Golf D.

IMO, seeing someone throw a 400 - 450' shot with almost pinpoint accuracy is much more impressive than seeing someone crushing a 500' drive in an open field.
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Postby Blake_T » Sat Jul 29, 2006 12:55 am

300 is a rough estimate of 450' golf d,

when it comes to people who can thread a gap at 450', the number drops to like 50.
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Postby presidio hills » Sat Jul 29, 2006 12:36 pm

Blake_T wrote:when it comes to people who can thread a gap at 450', the number drops to like 50.


how big of a gap can these people thread 450'? that sounds crazy.

i saw dave feldberg throw a 550' shot in a big D competition... believe me, these people on the message boards are probably not even reaching 500' max D as many of them claim. i remember the guy running the comp was saying dave's throw was "at least 650" but after it was all said and measured... 550'. this was at about 5000 ft. though. dave was really crushing it; 360 spin, disc WAY up in the air (80 ft?), nose down, turning forever.

is nate doss on the list of 450' gap throwers? he seems to have a good balance of power and control... but i've only seen a few top pros actually throw in person :(
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Postby Thatdirtykid » Sat Jul 29, 2006 12:53 pm

i cant imgaine throwing 450 golf d. my max drives (425 on a good day, record in the vacinity of 440) are usually 100' off the intended line and need more height than is ideal for golf.
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Postby Weebl » Sat Jul 29, 2006 10:58 pm

My distance is fluctuating based on my technique and timing but i fairly consistantly have 360' Teebird shots without turn. I'm trying to learn, while in a round with others crushing it 430' (of course they use wraiths), to work with my 360', because if i dont try to push myself i will have about 5 strokes lower than if i try to go the good day distance of 420' and get disappointed/yankee doodle.
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