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Hitting the Long Ball: How have driving distances changed on Tour?

Posted in Uncategorized by com360bu on April 14, 2010


As a result of new technologies and training programs, the game of golf has changed considerably since 1980.  This graphic, which represents hole No. 2 at Torrey Pines, puts into perspective one of those changes — driving distance.

The yellow path above represents the average PGA Tour driving distance in 1980 (256 yards), while the blue path represents last year’s average (280 yards).  The pink path shows the average drive of last year’s PGA Tour driving leader, Bubba Watson.

To compare the big-hitting results of the pros to your own game, the orange path shows the driving average of the common, everyday golfer (195 yards).


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