These stats for PGA are identical to 2014? 3 years with no changes on Tour avg?
We haven’t seen any huge changes over the past years, it’s more about roundings.
For example, Avg. Club Speed for a driver: 2014: 113.0 mph 2015: 113.3 mph 2016: 112.9 mph
And it’s pretty much similar with the other numbers.
That is interesting. Thank you for the reply Christian. I was expecting a slight increase in attack angle with the driver as well as max height for the PGA.
Very cool to have some new data. Interesting to see the slight changes from the old to the new. Thanks!
When you say “PW”, are you going by the stamp on the bottom of the club or by a normalized mapping of club loft and length? It could be interesting to also see what the average club specs are that produce these results.
It’s Clubs where the player called it a PW :-)
Averages are interesting and it would be really interesting to compare those numbers to both ends of the spectrum such as a Dustin J. or Luke List and a Luke Donald or a Soren Kjeldsen on the other end
Stats/ avg’s haven’t changed ?
LPGA driving distance is listed as 218 avg carry, but the LPGA website lists total driving avg for players ranked #1 through #153 as 275y through 233y. Even accounting for total vs carry distance, why are the trackman stats so much lower than the stats listed by the LPGA?
Average total distance YTD is 251.4 yards. That’s an average of 33.4 yards of bounce and roll. The landing angle for LPGA drives is flatter (shallower) than that of PGA TOUR players so you would expect a little more bounce and roll for the ladies. Note: the last on-course measurements by TrackMan were in 2015 and that year the average total distance was 248.4 so maybe carry distance has increased a few yards since then.
Also, it is unknown which holes are being used each week for determining driving distance. On the PGA TOUR, they try to pick two holes that are as flat as possible, are in opposite directions to account for wind, and where most golfers will hit driver. There could be a slight bias based on the hole(s) chosen that fractionally increase total distance. Such as, the holes chosen play slightly downhill on average. Not only will a slightly downhill hole increase bounce and roll but it will also affect a direct comparison to carry because our carry value is “carry flat”.
In the end, it’s difficult to use an apples to apples comparison between the two because of how, when, and where the two statistics are captured. That being said, 30 yards of bounce and roll is not unrealistic given a land angle of 36-37 degrees, low spin, and the average fairway conditions.
I have measured the driving on the designated holes at LPGA events and suspect there could be some inflation on their end. Intentional on their end to make the ladies look better? I dunno… but I’ve seen the tees up from where it was measured giving a 5-10 yard edge.
That could explain some of the discrepancy above
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