Alt-Shot is the only rounds more distance with driver would be useful. I’ve played random ones without selecting tier requirements. End up with Tour Pro’s and Masters. If you do this as a Legend-Tour Champion, 98% of the time you’ll be grouped with the player with the highest average (assuming none of them know each other.
Plenty of holes I’ll drive, and partner still won’t have enough club to get to the green. THE TRADE OFF IS, I’m going to have a wedge in hand. More times than not, it’ll be inside a 33 pitch still. At this point I’m going to put it close enough 97% of the time that my partner would have to miss on purpose for us not to at least par the hole
Yes, PAR THE HOLE. Because in this particular Alt-Shot match I’m imagining, par is plenty enough. Why is it enough? Because since I’m a TL, I just put my opponents (a tour pro and master we will say) on champ 13 greens.
Just my opinion, but it all averages out.
You could shorten driver distance, and your really good players are still going to excel. As it stands there’s maybe a 1/2 dozen par 4’s that in the correct heavy wind circumstances can’t be reached. But so long as a top tier player has inside 250yds to the green, there still going to score well. Most even pitch well enough they don’t even need to reach the green. Inside 25yds and they expect to make it.