cubeofsoup wrote:This is kind of off topic sorry...how far can the big distance pros throw functionally? Lets say we have a shot over water (neutral wind) with a 50ft landing circle, how far could you make that shot and have pros still hit it 90% of the time? 500ft?
I don't think it's anywhere near as far as you're guessing. A 50 ft circle is smaller than the putting circle, and getting a drive to stick in a zone like that from a long distance over a water carry is something that most pros wouldn't even attempt. From what I've seen, most of the top guys are looking to get a putt on any "easy" ~450'ers but only the very best golfers are approaching 90%.
Anecdotal evidence but at the Majestic at BRP, there is a 750' wide open driving range hole with a thin creek from 420'-440'. Very few guys were even attempting to clear the creek this year. Schusterick was the only one I saw from the handful of groups I watched and even he ended up at ~475' with a stable Destroyer. Most of the top guys were just laying up a big hyzer at 400' and then sticking another hyzer under the basket. Granted, the risk vs. reward for going over the creek tends to call for a lay up but still most of these guys were just taking the hazard completely out of play because they weren't 100% confident they could clear it, let alone park it on an island at 500'.