Distance or Accuracy
Distance or Accuracy
In today’s professional golf game on the PGA Tour and European Tour the touring professional’s bomb the golf ball prodigious distances, but in your golf game do you look for distance or accuracy when buying new drivers or irons? I have found a few interesting facts that might convince you otherwise which is the better option!
Nowadays when you think of a long drive you automatically think 300 yards plus because the top players in the world are smashing it out there touching 400 yards, but that’s not always the case because they are playing in near perfect conditions with the weather and the beautifully manicured courses they are playing on, top that off with their physical strength from spending hours in the gym they should be bombing it out there!
Some interesting facts:
In the 2016 season on the PGA Tour out of 125 regular tour players only 27 averaged over 300 yards and above for the whole PGA Tour season
With average 314 yards, J.B Holmes topped the list that year in driving distance statistics and the big-hitting Dustin Johnson just behind him trailing by one yard on average in 2nd place
Dustin Johnson has hit 13 massive drives over 400 yards in his whole PGA Tour Career and the swashbuckling Bubba Watson just behind him with 12 ‘bombs’ over the 400-yard mark
As I said earlier today’s touring players play in near perfect conditions and no doubt a few of Dustin Johnson’s and Bubba Watson’s drives were downhill and wind behind but hitting the golf ball 400 plus yards is still a long hit for any mere mortal human being – but they don’t do it every time is the point I am making.
So with today’s new modern equipment does that mean the average amateur golfer is hitting it the same or nearly the same distances as the top touring professional’s in today’s game?
Here are some numbers of what a recent golf magazine published on their findings to do a comparison between the average handicap golfer and also taking into account age groups as well using their average drives:
Handicap Scratch to 5 handicap – 250.93 yards
5 Handicap to 10 Handicap – 231.04 yards
10 Handicap to 19 Handicap – 215.65 yards
19 Handicap to 28 Handicap – 195.93 yards
And over 28 Handicap – 177.49 yards
Age Ranges also using a driver
Age 20 to 30 – 238.68 yards
Age 30 to 40 – 231.31 yards
Age 40 to 50 – 220.52 yards
Age 50 to 60 – 211.93 yards
60 and above – 196.40 yards
All of these distances are total distances not carry distances.
So with all of these numbers taken into account, your average 5 handicap golfer hits their drives on average 250.93 yards with run or roll, so that makes their average drives approx. 65 yards shorter than the PGA Tour’s longest hitters – whilst the mean drive average for all amateur handicap golfers is just under 200 yards in total.
The golf magazine also came up with some additional stats for the average handicap golfer with the 3 wood coming in at just under 190 yards and the average 7 iron flying approx. 133 yards.
With a lot of pundits and scare mongers saying that a lot of our golf courses are too short or obsolete these numbers prove otherwise, with golf technology, equipment and golf balls that we have nowadays it is a myth to think that the average handicap golfer is outgrowing their golf courses – with an average 250 yard mark drive they surely are not.
The true picture of it all is that nearly all club golfers do not come anywhere close to hitting the 300 yard mark with their driver on average across a season, and as I mentioned earlier all of today’s touring pro’s spend a lot of time in the gym working on specific areas to increase their swing speed and power and as we all know a perfectly timed technique will produce perfectly hit shots.
So adding up all the things to take into account when touring professionals are hitting it over the 300 yard mark – they play in perfect climate conditions, they have custom fitted equipment and fine tuned clubs to match, put all of these things together with a bit of adrenaline and no wonder they can bomb the golf ball so far!
One more interesting fact about your average handicap golfer:
They find approx. 46% of fairways, which is well below the 2016 tour average set by Colt Knost at 73.3% for the entire season for driving accuracy – a fantastic stat that I doubt will take a lot of beating in years to come.
So my advice is to stop worrying about distance and focus on aspiring to achieve 73% for driving accuracy, this way you will have consistently enjoyable scores for your rounds of golf.
So is it Distance or Accuracy? – It’s Accuracy without a doubt!
A recent article on golf club fitting which is also a good read – CLICK HERE to read the article.
I hope that this article has been useful to help with distance or accuracy, if you have any questions regarding this article please do not hesitate to leave me a comment below I will be glad to respond to any comments emailed me.
Happy Golfing as Always.
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