by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
Golf Australia Express : GA Express 216
I F YOU’VE been diligently doing your golf mathematics over the years, you’re probably a little disappointed. Surely, by now, we should all be crushing the ball 400m off the tee. After all, club and ball technology continues to develop each and every year, with constant advances in materials and how they’re used, so it’s only a matter of time before we’re all routinely putting for eagle at par fives, right? Perhaps not. But it’s not unrealistic to expect that things should be on a steep upward curve on the PGA Tour, where the world’s elite players not only enjoy the best equipment and most advanced technology that their sponsors can provide, but where the majority are now considered “athletes” first, and “golfers” second. Jack Nicklaus and the late Arnold Palmer both checked in at well under six feet tall. The Tour’s current resident alpha slugger, Dustin Johnson, tips the tape measure at about 6’4”, or 193cm. So with physical attributes that provide seemingly limitless potential for generating power and length, surely it’s a given that Johnson and most of his colleagues are enjoying ever-increasing gains off the tee. But here’s the thing: driving distance on the PGA Tour hasn’t improved in more than a decade. Have the PGA Tour’s big hitters maxed out? In 2005, the Tour’s average distance off the tee was 288.4 yards, while Scott Hend led the way with an average drive of 318.9 yards. What’s more, 26 players averaged more than 300 yards. Fast forward to 2015, and players averaged just 1.3 yards further off the tee and driving distance leader Dustin Johnson came up an average of 1.2 yards shorter than Hend. WORDS BY ADRIAN BALLANTYNE DRIVING FORCE
GA Express 215
GA Express 217