By , 26 players averaged over yards and only 19 hit 70 percent of fairways. Two reasons — swing plane and putting. Flatter swingers, several of whom have led the total-driving statistic in the last decade or so, are at a tremendous disadvantage hitting out of the rough. This makes them pop up on their toes. So someone who ranked fifth in one category and seventh in the other would have a total driving number of Why doesn’t the player who can hit this new ball straighter and longer enjoy the same proportionate benefit for his skill that the players 20 years ago did?
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How is it that this skill has become so unessential? I have an opinion, based on long-term observation of the habits of Tour players.
Long and Straight Doesn’t Always Pay on PGA Tour | Golf Channel
Only six of those 37 players there was a tie for third in total driving starightest year finished in the top 20 in scoring. The resulting lack of accuracy doesn’t cost them as much as it used to because even the straightest drivers are in the rough more than their counterparts of years ago. He played in 24 events, missed 14 cuts and did not record a single top finish en-route to finishing th on the money list.
I believe this is because upright swingers tend to release the club from strraightest top. Longer hitters are typically more upright swingers, such as Nicklaus, Bruce Lietzke or Woods Statistically speaking, long, straight driving on the PGA Tour gets you nowhere.
Flatter swingers, several of whom gol led the total-driving statistic in the last decade or so, are at tsraightest tremendous disadvantage hitting out of the rough. Why doesn’t the player who can hit this new ball straighter and longer enjoy the same proportionate benefit for his skill that the players stfaightest years ago did?
By Brentley Romine December 7, at 5: By Associated Press December 28, at 7: With other ball manufacturers trying to replicate the characteristics of the Pro V1X, the number of players averaging more than yards per drive spiked, to nine, and the number of players averaging 70 percent of fairways dropped 35 percent, to He ranks th in scoring.
So someone who ranked fifth in one category and seventh in the other would have a total driving number of It would be one of the last years that great driving mattered. Because putting strokes are typically smaller versions of full swings, this tendency helps to release the putter head.
Long and straight doesn’t always pay on PGA Tour
Which brings us back to By26 players averaged over yards and only 19 hit 70 percent of fairways. Two reasons — swing plane and putting.
By Will Gray December 6, at 2: What was formerly a great predictor srtaightest success had become irrelevant, perhaps a better predictor of failure. May 21, at 8: Years ago, all players had a preferred shot shape — fade or draw. By Rex Hoggard December 7, at 4: Since then, it seems, the whole of professional golf is in the rough.
Today, realizing the unlikelihood of hitting every fairway, players concentrate on distance, hanging back and spinning their hips and bodies to create clubhead speed.
The lower the number, the better. Steaightest brings us to From to this year, no total-driving leader finished higher than 67 th on the money list.
In the last dozen years, the top three finishers in total driving averaged a 77 th -place finish in scoring. Don’t miss the latest news, exclusive offers and sweepstakes.
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They would aim down one side of straiightest fairway and try to work the ball back into the middle. And hitting out of the rough, the upright swingers have the power and the angle to produce the trajectory and spin to control approach shots. The two-piece ball, however, launches higher, spins less and is harder to curve. The golf-ball sea change had begun in earnest.