This is a tough question for most golfers. Many amateurs think they hit the ball farther than they really do and are not shy to say so. Last week, a friend of mine, Tim, called a co-worked on their claims.
I do not know the person Tim was talking too, but we will call him Larry for easy of the article. Tim is a very good golfer and probably has a similar handicap to my own, so he has some game. Larry apparently talks a good game and is not as accomplished as Tim.
As Tim told me, Larry was making outlandish claims about how far he could hit the ball. Larry said that he averaged 300 yards off the tee! I mean 300 yards….really! After about 5 minutes into the conversation, Tim had enough and challenged him to prove it.
Tim said that Larry had 3 shots to hit one ball 300 yards. I guess you have figured out that Larry did not come close and, therefore, the reason for this article.
I have heard many claims about how far golfers hit their ball. It is my experience that most exaggerate their abilities and watch in wonder when they underperform. Is it a culture thing or do most golfers play with rose-colored glasses on?
Well, I believe there is a unique trait that all golfers have that explains this dilemma. I call it ‘The New Normal Syndrome’.
When a player hits a perfect shot and the ball goes a country mile or at least they think they do)….they believe that its is their new average. They think that since the did it once, or close to it, they honestly can do it every time. Well, all I can say is that even a crazy squirrel finds a nut once in a while. Also, like a great fishing story, the distance increases a bit every time they tell the story!
So there you have it. ‘The New Normal Syndrome’ is the reason many players think they hit the ball farther than they do. What do you think? And have you really asked yourself how far you hit the ball?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!