Re: Trackman Data: PGA Tour vs. LPGA
Originally Posted by deronsizemore
Yep. Plus, in many of the top tournaments with really firm greens (like the US Open last week), when they show the distance and say what club the players pulls, the reality is that the player is trying to carry the ball to the front portion of the green because he knows it's going to release when it lands. So, when they show the yardage of 185 and the player holding a 7 iron, he still could very well be planning for a 170 yard carry.
One last thing: the driving distances are also a little inflated because of how firm and fast the fairways typically are compared to a more normal course. The roll they get on drives sometimes is just ridiculous, and of course those are the drives that the announcers tend to point out. They don't often mention the driving distance on an uphill par 4.
Don't get me wrong; the PGA guys are insanely good, but their distances aren't as far away from a normal good player as people might think.
Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson, and JB Holmes, though; yeah those guys are insanely long! You can tell by comparing their drives to their playing partners' and also comparing what clubs they hit in par 3s compared to other players. They are unreal!