I love this thread. This was EXACTLY what I was thinking.
I have been spending a lot of time in the find 150' from my front door. The neighbors call me the "frisbee man". I enjoy just throwing and then going an picking up, and throwing again. I have been testing everything that is supposed to go 500'.
As a result I have gotten to be "sort of" pretty long. I can throw 350' dead flat with no wind, EVERY TIME with my 162 Orc. With the wind just right (pushing the ass of the nose down anheyser, I can break 400'. I have thrown 450' less than 10 times (the golf Gods aligned the planets). Does this mean I throw 450'? No. It means I thow 350' until my arm falls off. Any number beyond that is a gift.
Do you say that Tiger drives the ball 450 yards because he has? I saw him on TV. No, check the PGA Tour stats, his average drive is some 150 yards less than that. Can he hit the ball 450 yards? Yes. Given the perfect conditions and attempt. So, this would not be a lie to say Tiger drives the ball 450 yards, but to say that is his drive is misleading at best.
I do know my local courses have distances that are very suspect. One hole is marked 400' and I LITERALLy have thrown it 50 feet past without a grunt, and have gone to using control discs to keep from overflying the basket. Another hole is marked 380' and I have NEVER seen ANYONE drive it pin high. My crushed drives are 50' short. We have one hole in Carrollton that is 487'. Most good players do not even try to throw this far, most just roll. GOOD PLAYERS. I was 30' short and 80' off to the left the other day. It took 5 discs to do it, and a perfect throw.
So, I throw 457'.... and my arm hurts.
Another big subject is AIR DENSITY. Something that never seems to come up in the world of disc golf. I have a releative density meter that I bought for flying (I fly stunt airplane models competitvely). The air changes A LOT. Thinner air means longer throws. More humidity appears to mean more friction (more disc flip), etc. I am VERY happy to be throwing 350', it is not even hot yet.