REVEALED: PGA Tour Average CARRY DISTANCES – How Do YOURS Compare?!
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See how the PGA Tour’s driving distance leaders have skyrocketed since 1980
Dan Pohl was the driving leader the first year the tour kept the official stat. With his super short backswing, Pohl averaged yards per drive. He also led in at yards per drive. Keep in mind that only 2 drives per round were measured during PGA events. Usually it was two longer holes that ran in opposite directions to cancel out the effect of wind. The PGA average for was about yards per drive. These were the days of persimmon heads, steel shafts, and wound balata balls. John Daly arrived on the scene in , and let the tour with an average drive of yards, which was a huge jump over the year before Tom Purtzer and the highest ever, yet the average was only slightly higher than at only Even in not much had changed.
The tour average now sat at yards per drive, up just 7 yards in 15 yards. Again John Daly was the longest measured at yards per drive for the season. This was the year that titanium started to be widely available. Although McGregor had introduced a ti driver in , it took club giants Taylor Made and Callaway to really send these new driver heads out to a mass audience.
John Daly was still the distance king, and became the first tour player to average over yards per drive for a full year. The next huge jump came in with the invention of the multi layer Titleist Pro V1. And wham you had the best of both worlds — distance and control. It was light years ahead of any other ball. Even John Daly jumped up 5. Titleist absolutely dominated the ball market. A new generation was now coming up who had grown up with the new driver and ball technology, and this ushered in a whole new era in professional golf called bomb and gauge.
The object was to hit the ball as far as possible not worrying about hitting fairways. Even if a drive found the rough, it would be close enough to the green where the player could just gouge a wedge onto the middle of the green. These younger players had just watched Tiger Woods dominate Augusta National off the tee in and Hank Kuehne led the Bomb and Gauge brigade with a mind boggling yards per drive — which to this day has not been surpassed.
Kuehne led again in , but by the time PGA officials were coming up with countermeasures to put the accuracy back into the game. Fairways got tighter and U. Open style rough started popping up at many regular tour stops.
The smash it and find it strategy has brought the tour average up to yards. Traditionalists were starting to call for a rollback of the ball, as many famous golf courses were getting obsoleted. New teeboxes began springing up 50 yards behind the old ones. In , Trackman launch monitors became widely available to tour players, and they learned to maximize their distance through superior clubfitting and changes in angle of attack. By , teenagers who had trained on Trackman were now turning pro and they were really good really early.
They had grown up with the mantra of higher launch and lower spin, smash factor and optimized landing angle. Many of these kids would have gone into basketball or football — but now golf was cool. Speed training has now helped bring the average up to its highest level ever at yards per drive.
Techniques and workouts that were used in sports like baseball and track and field were now being studied intensely by sport scientists and biomechanists. They were too heavy or not specific enough. And these longer hitters are generally dominating the tournaments and the money list. Rory McIlory is a great example.
An early Trackman report put him at about mph when he first came on tour as skinny kid. Now a much bigger and explosive Rory is swinging well over mph. The entire PGA Tour has pushed the average clubhead speed from up to over mph, and judging by the newest rookies in like Matthew Wolff, it will continue to rise in the years to come.
Everybody coming up can absolutely demolish the ball. But not exactly a linear graph. And the average golfer has only seen about half of the bounty as their drives are still less than yards. You must be logged in to post a comment.