The Distance Exaggerator is a pretty much a self explanatory fellow. But I’ll give you an example.

You’re on a sharp dog leg left par four that measures about 350 yards. The fairway turns almost 90 degrees at the 100 yard marker. So you have a decision. Pop your drive 250 yards out there, or fly the tree line and get closer to the green.

My golf hero, Corey Pavin, is not a Distance Exaggerator. I repeat...NOT a Distance Exaggerator. (Image: Buried Elephant/Flickr)

Now, most of us know that holes aren’t measured as the crow flies. The measurements follow the fairway. So, theoretically, if one was to land the ball on this green, one would not have hit a 350 yard drive, no matter how great a drive it would be.

The Distance Exaggerator, however, looks for any opportunity to inflate his ego. On the hole described above, this fellow lands his drive about 60 yards from green—probably a nice drive of 270 yards.

But, perhaps to compensate for a poor self-esteem or a lack of length in other areas, the Distance Exaggerator adds 30-40 yards, at least, on to every drive. So that 270 yard drive became a 310 yard drive simply because he’s within a pitch shot on a sharp dog leg par four.

In his own mind, the Distance Exaggerator is one of the longest hitters at his club. After all, his friends The Mulligan Golfer and Golf Channel Guy tell him so. In reality, he pokes his Titleist out there about 260 on a career day, giving myself and Corey Pavin company in the fairway.

The problem with the Distance Exaggerator is that he actually makes club selections based on his faulty sense of distance. Last summer, I played in a scramble with a guy who actually thought he could hit his lob wedge 110 yards. The guy was probably a 20-25 handicap. He swung out of his shoes with a lob wedge! The ball didn’t even sniff the flag—or the green.

The Distance Exaggerator—much like the Golf Channel Guy—talks a big game. Golfers who can actually hit 300 yard drives have no need to talk about it. They are used to bombing the ball. They have “been there, done that.”

But the Distance Exaggerator is like the dude in high school who always bragged about all his lady friends, when, in reality, he was sitting at home alone on Friday night, playing World of Warcraft and wondering if that stale dutch oven in his sheets smells as bad as last Friday night’s offering.

Let’s be honest. You’re not hitting 300 yard drives, buddy. You’re not even close.

Previous Golf Pet Peeves:

#5: The Golf Channel Guy

#4: Stewart Cink’s Green Shirt

#2: The Shot Jinxer

#1: The Shot-By-Shot Recap Golfer