Originally Posted by bobbob
The driving stats are not very accurate at all, if you know how they work....... (They are only based off of 2 drives/round and if you happen to mis-hit it or decide to hit a 3w or hybrid instead of driver, your yardages will be lower.) They only thing this tells us about Sadena is that she is aggresive and hits driver often. I really don't think Mary's driving distance (using a driver) is really 217 yards, Shannon Fish's is 216 Yards, Taylor Collins's is 195 yards, Lili Alvarez's is 182 yards, and Renee's is 179 Yards. (Yes, 179 YARDS) These statistics would be ridiculous if you used them to actually use them to predict one's driving distance. Renee's actual driving distance is probably around 230, she just happened to hit a shorter club on the holes that they were measuring the distances on.
Another example that clearly shows the problems with judging a player's distance by driving average statistics is Anya Alvarez, who is splitting her time between the LPGA and Symetra tours. She is 1st in LPGA driving distance (no joke) at 279 Yards, while she only ranks 55 th in Symetra driving distance with 224 Yards. It is impossible her distances actually vary that much because they are supposed to be an "average". She probably hit a shorter club in the Symetra events when they measured distances, while she hit driver in the LPGA event(s).
Thus, it is absolutely ridiculous that you guys are using these stats to judge players' distances.
Interesting stuff, actually. You have an excellent point that the numbers can be meaningless at times. You made me look at the driving stats closer, and it looks like 2012/2013 were similar in that the leader had 270+yards and the median was around 240ish. This year to date, the leader (Sadena) is 265 and the median is around 220ish. Something is odd this year, clearly.
Anyway, even if the numbers are low, I'd think that they are low for everyone. I don't know, but that stands to reason. Perhaps it depends which events each players played this year, and some events were tougher for driving than others. Hopefully, that will even out over the season.
I spot-checked Sadena, Jackie, Shannon, Renee, and Mary. Sadena oddly hits slightly longer than last year and is ranked higher, but all the others measure lower yardages but are ranked higher. Odd.
Sadena 2014 265yds/rank 1 2013 261yds/rank 6
Jackie 2014 225yds/rank 53 2013 239yds/rank 92
Shannon 2014 217yds/rank 77 ....2013 236yds/rank 113
Renee 2014 179yds/rank 143 2013 214yds/rank 149
Mary 2014 218yds/rank 73 2013 237yds/rank 98
So I see a pattern. Even if it's not "accurate," I can conclude that Sadena hits further than her competitors, but her accuracy isn't great and her putting has been statistically worse on the Symetra tour. If that's ridiculous, then call me ridiculous.
For what it's worth, I think the Symetra Putts/GIR stat is backwards! The leader has 155 putts in 74 GIR, for a Putts/GIR of 0.477. That's not accurate :-) They might check that formula. I looked at the LPGA site which appears to be the same interface, and they calculate Putts/GIR correctly. Inbee Park led 2013 with 1895 putts in 1097 GIR for a Putts/GIR of 1.727.