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Tiger Woods is 2nd in swing speed, 24th in driving distance. GolfWRX members discuss

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GolfWRX member cavemeister took a look at Tiger Woods’ stats, and something didn’t add up for him.

Here’s what he saw.

  • Tiger Woods is 24th on the PGA Tour in average driving distance at 306.6 yards.
  • Tiger Woods is 2nd on the PGA Tour in average clubhead speed at 122.04 mph

Now, only drives that find the fairway are measured, and swing speed is only recorded a couple of times per round, but what gives, cavemeister wonders in a forum thread.

Not surprisingly, WRX members had a range of opinions for the disparity between TW’s swing speed and driving distance.

Flog2 points out

“distance is only measured when you are on the fairway!”

Woods is doing the above at just over 51 percent this season, so the sample may be small.

Torrujean suggests Woods may not be finding the center of the clubface on some of the measured drives.

“Quality of strike does not match the speed.”

MSUIRONDAWGS says

“You have to understand also, that distance is only measured for official stats on a few holes on Tour. So if he happens to hit 3 wood on one of those holes, the avg distance comes down in the calculation of his 3 or 4 holes that day.”

And of course, there conspiracy theorists, such as QuigleyDU

“the numbers are not accurate.”

Shot-savior may have the best take

“So many variables:

1. Quality of strike
2. Launch/Spin
3. Type of shot played; high/low, fade/draw
4. Run out versus carry
5. Favorable bounce; catching the slope
6. Landing in fairway first versus hitting in rough then kicking into fairway
7. Riding the wind or knocking it under the wind
8. And so on…

High SS is the best indicator of potential distance. But, it’s conditional and there’s some luck involved to. That’s why we periodically see lower SS players out drive the highest SS players on tour. There are always random outliers not consistent with normal findings.”

See the thread for more replies.

What do you think, GolfWRX members? Is this interesting, or meh? There are clearly a number of possible explanations…which do you find the most plausible?

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  1. Dufner’s Aunt

    Jun 15, 2018 at 11:05 am

    His smash factor is at an all-time high with the cougars on tour. Stick to what you’re good at Tiger!

  2. Paul

    May 12, 2018 at 11:10 am

    He is also right up there in hitting it in the KaKa.

  3. Mike C

    May 10, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    Clearly it’s because he hits down on the driver while some other players hit 1-3 degrees up. 1 or 2 degrees down vs 3 up can mean 15 yards of carry at 120 mph. It’s why Spieth is ranked better for distance than he is for swing speed. No real mystery.

  4. James L

    May 9, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    His launch angle is not positive; thus, the distance is less. He is notorious for taking divots with his 3-wood off the tee.

    • James L

      May 9, 2018 at 9:30 pm

      Oops. Meant to say his ‘attack’ angle is not positive (i.e. not over +2 degrees)

  5. Brett Weir

    May 9, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    Has Tiger been hitting it on the hosel lately?!?!

  6. Walter Gruchala

    May 9, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    Smash Factor!

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