I never shot the lowest when I was having my longest and straightest days with the driver. I never shot high on those days, but my best tournaments were when I was at my best from 100 yards and in…including the putter.
The best finish I had in a major event was a 5th at a Nationwide Tour event. I actually drove the ball very mediocre that week.
I shot 66 on Saturday to get within 2 shots of the lead and a reporter asked me…
“It must be very frustrating for you to hit all the par 5’s in two, drive all of the greens and not be able to make putts.”
My honest response, “I had 27 putts today and didn’t drive it within 50 yards of a single par 4.”
Distance is helpful, but over rated. I know it’s easy for me to say, but many courses built the last 20 years don’t even allow for a 300+ yard drives…even with extreme accuracy. The penalty for even a slight miss is too great.
The game can be played at a high level with merely adequate distance off the tee (See Luke Donald). Trying to find your maximum distance is fine, but it is the result of improving your game and hitting the ball solid.
Getting your swing in an awkward position to find distance you aren’t able to hit naturally, will just cause you to be a terrible golfer and eventually cause injury.
Distance off the tee is a result, not a primary goal. Reading this blog and picking out things that make sense for you will help you hit it farther and do it the right way.