Pro Golf Driving Distances Growing at 'Slow Creep,' States New Research study

 

The viewed distance "explosion" in professional golf? It's more of a "sluggish creep," according to a research study performed collectively by the USGA and R&A.The two governing bodies published a report Thursday that information driving distance averages from seven tours across the world (PGA Tour, European Tour, Japan Golf Tour, Web.com trip, PGA Champions Tour, LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour).The report consists of decade’s worth of driving information, dating back as far as 1968.

 

From 2003 through '15, typical driving distance on the PGA Tour, European Tour, Web.com Tour and PGA Tour Champions Tour increased approximately 1% (or 0.2 lawns) annually, according to the study. Throughout that very same duration, average distance on the LPGA Tour actually decreased about 1%.The governing bodies have actually long sustained criticism from a few of the most influential names in the online game about how the distance today's leading gamers struck the ball has made some of the video game's classic courses indefensible. When Jack Nicklaus was asked at the Masters in April about ways to condition Augusta's par-5 13th whole, he said, "I tell you the easiest option is alter the friggun golf ball. The ball goes so far."

 

This new report is presumably, in part, an effort to peaceful the critics."Hitting distance is, and has actually long been, a constant topic of healthy and perky dispute in golf," USGA executive director Mike Davis stated. "We want everyone in the video game to have access to the realities, to much better understand the decision-making process and the research we use to ensure that our game is both satisfying and sustainable for future generations."

 

According to the report, the average clubhead speed, launch angle, ball speed and ball backspin on the PGA Tour have actually all been "reasonably steady" over the past nine years. R&A CEO Martin Slumbers said the report will be released yearly with intention to "inform the dispute and guarantee trusted details are offered."

Golf (the sport)

According to the report, the average clubhead speed, launch angle, ball speed and ball backspin on the PGA Tour have actually all been "reasonably steady" over the past nine years.

Golf (the sport)

According to the report, the average clubhead speed, launch angle, ball speed and ball backspin on the PGA Tour have actually all been "reasonably steady" over the past nine years.

Golf (the sport)

According to the report, the average clubhead speed, launch angle, ball speed and ball backspin on the PGA Tour have actually all been "reasonably steady" over the past nine years.

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