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Posted 11 August 2018 - 10:00 PM

From week to week you routinely see ball speed numbers at or around 180mph, but this week we’re being led to believe that some of these guys are hitting mid 180’s, including one drive yesterday that hit 189mph.

Fake news?

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Posted 11 August 2018 - 10:02 PM

View PostNeed4spd, on 11 August 2018 - 10:00 PM, said:

From week to week you routinely see ball speed numbers at or around 180mph, but this week we’re being led to believe that some of these guys are hitting mid 180’s, including one drive yesterday that hit 189mph.

Fake news?
It's very hot there apparently. Ball speeds will increase as the air gets thinner in warmer conditions.

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Posted 11 August 2018 - 10:06 PM

View PostNeed4spd, on 11 August 2018 - 10:00 PM, said:

From week to week you routinely see ball speed numbers at or around 180mph, but this week we’re being led to believe that some of these guys are hitting mid 180’s, including one drive yesterday that hit 189mph.

Fake news?

You don’t think guys can get 189mph?  One of my guys in the field regularly gets mid 180s when he goes after it.  So far this year he averages 121mph clubhead speed.

There’s 30+ guys on tour who can hit mid 180s ball speeds

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Posted 11 August 2018 - 10:09 PM

View Postbravesgolf, on 11 August 2018 - 10:02 PM, said:

View PostNeed4spd, on 11 August 2018 - 10:00 PM, said:

From week to week you routinely see ball speed numbers at or around 180mph, but this week we’re being led to believe that some of these guys are hitting mid 180’s, including one drive yesterday that hit 189mph.

Fake news?
It's very hot there apparently. Ball speeds will increase as the air gets thinner in warmer conditions.

I’m aware of the effect that weather conditions have on overall distance, but it’s hard for me to believe that it has any effect on ball speed which is measured immediately after the ball leaves the club face.
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Posted 11 August 2018 - 10:11 PM

Wait till Cameron Champ shows up next year.  He’ll be flirting with 200.

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Posted 11 August 2018 - 10:11 PM

View Postiteachgolf, on 11 August 2018 - 10:06 PM, said:

View PostNeed4spd, on 11 August 2018 - 10:00 PM, said:

From week to week you routinely see ball speed numbers at or around 180mph, but this week we’re being led to believe that some of these guys are hitting mid 180’s, including one drive yesterday that hit 189mph.

Fake news?

You don’t think guys can get 189mph?  One of my guys in the field regularly gets mid 180s when he goes after it.  So far this year he averages 121mph clubhead speed.

There’s 30+ guys on tour who can hit mid 180s ball speeds

If so, why don’t we see those kinds of numbers on TV during other events throughout the rest of the season? DJ himself only claims to be able to hit low 180’s.
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Posted 11 August 2018 - 10:13 PM

View PostNeed4spd, on 11 August 2018 - 10:11 PM, said:

View Postiteachgolf, on 11 August 2018 - 10:06 PM, said:

View PostNeed4spd, on 11 August 2018 - 10:00 PM, said:

From week to week you routinely see ball speed numbers at or around 180mph, but this week we’re being led to believe that some of these guys are hitting mid 180’s, including one drive yesterday that hit 189mph.

Fake news?

You don’t think guys can get 189mph?  One of my guys in the field regularly gets mid 180s when he goes after it.  So far this year he averages 121mph clubhead speed.

There’s 30+ guys on tour who can hit mid 180s ball speeds

If so, why don’t we see those kinds of numbers on TV during other events throughout the rest of the season? DJ himself only claims to be able to hit low 180’s.

To be clear, I’m just basing this question on what we see during TV coverage from week to week. I don’t really study stats that closely otherwise.
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Posted 11 August 2018 - 10:21 PM

Last year’s world long drive champ, Justin James, can hit 220 MPH ball speed with a standard length driver. It does not surprise me that the best in the game could be within 30 mph of that number. DJ hits mid 180’s looking like he’s taking a leisurely swipe at the ball.

I don’t care either way. Still need to put the ball in the hole no matter how fast the ball travels off the face of the driver.
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Posted 11 August 2018 - 10:22 PM

View PostNeed4spd, on 11 August 2018 - 10:13 PM, said:

View PostNeed4spd, on 11 August 2018 - 10:11 PM, said:

View Postiteachgolf, on 11 August 2018 - 10:06 PM, said:

View PostNeed4spd, on 11 August 2018 - 10:00 PM, said:

From week to week you routinely see ball speed numbers at or around 180mph, but this week we’re being led to believe that some of these guys are hitting mid 180’s, including one drive yesterday that hit 189mph.

Fake news?

You don’t think guys can get 189mph?  One of my guys in the field regularly gets mid 180s when he goes after it.  So far this year he averages 121mph clubhead speed.

There’s 30+ guys on tour who can hit mid 180s ball speeds

If so, why don’t we see those kinds of numbers on TV during other events throughout the rest of the season? DJ himself only claims to be able to hit low 180’s.

To be clear, I’m just basing this question on what we see during TV coverage from week to week. I don’t really study stats that closely otherwise.

You’re seeing more 180+ Ball speeds  this week because Koepka, Rory, Woodland and Day are all being shown a lot and they all swing the driver over 120 mph which is required for 180+ ball speed.

Smash factor of 1.50 with 120 club head speed equals 180 mph.

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Posted 11 August 2018 - 10:24 PM

View PostNeed4spd, on 11 August 2018 - 10:11 PM, said:

View Postiteachgolf, on 11 August 2018 - 10:06 PM, said:

View PostNeed4spd, on 11 August 2018 - 10:00 PM, said:

From week to week you routinely see ball speed numbers at or around 180mph, but this week we’re being led to believe that some of these guys are hitting mid 180’s, including one drive yesterday that hit 189mph.

Fake news?

You don’t think guys can get 189mph?  One of my guys in the field regularly gets mid 180s when he goes after it.  So far this year he averages 121mph clubhead speed.

There’s 30+ guys on tour who can hit mid 180s ball speeds

If so, why don’t we see those kinds of numbers on TV during other events throughout the rest of the season? DJ himself only claims to be able to hit low 180’s.

Dustin averages low 180s and has hit upper 180s multiple times this year.  Brandon Hagy averaged 187 last year on tour for the year.  They only measure 2 holes a round and often you’re not going to see guys go anywhere near full out in a big event.  The soft conditions and wide fairways will have more guys going after than normal


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Posted 12 August 2018 - 12:28 AM

View Postiteachgolf, on 11 August 2018 - 10:24 PM, said:

View PostNeed4spd, on 11 August 2018 - 10:11 PM, said:

View Postiteachgolf, on 11 August 2018 - 10:06 PM, said:

View PostNeed4spd, on 11 August 2018 - 10:00 PM, said:

From week to week you routinely see ball speed numbers at or around 180mph, but this week we’re being led to believe that some of these guys are hitting mid 180’s, including one drive yesterday that hit 189mph.

Fake news?

You don’t think guys can get 189mph?  One of my guys in the field regularly gets mid 180s when he goes after it.  So far this year he averages 121mph clubhead speed.

There’s 30+ guys on tour who can hit mid 180s ball speeds

If so, why don’t we see those kinds of numbers on TV during other events throughout the rest of the season? DJ himself only claims to be able to hit low 180’s.

Dustin averages low 180s and has hit upper 180s multiple times this year.  Brandon Hagy averaged 187 last year on tour for the year.  They only measure 2 holes a round and often you’re not going to see guys go anywhere near full out in a big event.  The soft conditions and wide fairways will have more guys going after than normal

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Posted 12 August 2018 - 01:00 AM

How are they getting ball speed measurements off iron shots from the fairway? Koepka's iron shot on 17 was supposedly 148mph ball speed but the camera was pretty far behind him and there was nobody really in his vicinity.

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Posted 12 August 2018 - 02:46 AM

Believe me those speeds are real. Watching at Gullane and Carnoustie showed me the gap between a good cat 1 player like me and them. I saw DJ hit a driver 327 yards into a headwind and then smack a 253 yard 3 iron onto the par 5 sixth hole. That requires immense clubhead speed and talent.

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Posted 12 August 2018 - 03:14 AM

I think the numbers are pretty accurate. Rory popped one over 190mph on Thursday, and I’ve no reason to doubt it’s authenticity, given how far it went.
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Posted 12 August 2018 - 07:09 AM

OP: “ball speeds of 189 are fake news”

OP later: “I don’t really follow the stats very closely so I dunno”


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Posted 12 August 2018 - 07:14 AM

View Postseve1972, on 12 August 2018 - 12:28 AM, said:

View Postiteachgolf, on 11 August 2018 - 10:24 PM, said:

View PostNeed4spd, on 11 August 2018 - 10:11 PM, said:

View Postiteachgolf, on 11 August 2018 - 10:06 PM, said:

View PostNeed4spd, on 11 August 2018 - 10:00 PM, said:

From week to week you routinely see ball speed numbers at or around 180mph, but this week we’re being led to believe that some of these guys are hitting mid 180’s, including one drive yesterday that hit 189mph.

Fake news?

You don’t think guys can get 189mph?  One of my guys in the field regularly gets mid 180s when he goes after it.  So far this year he averages 121mph clubhead speed.

There’s 30+ guys on tour who can hit mid 180s ball speeds

If so, why don’t we see those kinds of numbers on TV during other events throughout the rest of the season? DJ himself only claims to be able to hit low 180’s.

Dustin averages low 180s and has hit upper 180s multiple times this year.  Brandon Hagy averaged 187 last year on tour for the year.  They only measure 2 holes a round and often you’re not going to see guys go anywhere near full out in a big event.  The soft conditions and wide fairways will have more guys going after than normal

Who’s your “Guy”??

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Posted 12 August 2018 - 08:40 AM

View PostNeed4spd, on 11 August 2018 - 10:11 PM, said:

View Postiteachgolf, on 11 August 2018 - 10:06 PM, said:

View PostNeed4spd, on 11 August 2018 - 10:00 PM, said:

From week to week you routinely see ball speed numbers at or around 180mph, but this week we’re being led to believe that some of these guys are hitting mid 180’s, including one drive yesterday that hit 189mph.

Fake news?

You don’t think guys can get 189mph?  One of my guys in the field regularly gets mid 180s when he goes after it.  So far this year he averages 121mph clubhead speed.

There’s 30+ guys on tour who can hit mid 180s ball speeds

If so, why don’t we see those kinds of numbers on TV during other events throughout the rest of the season? DJ himself only claims to be able to hit low 180’s.

dude they obviously swing it fast enough and hit it solid enough. its not hard to figure out those numbers are accurate.

124x1.5=186

sounds like you're making this argument just to make it and your side of it is incorrect.

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How are they getting ball speed measurements off iron shots from the fairway? Koepka's iron shot on 17 was supposedly 148mph ball speed but the camera was pretty far behind him and there was nobody really in his vicinity.

trackman dude. duh.

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 12:50 PM

The sound i hear on my tv when driver meets ball tells me these speeds are very real. Just because most of us don't possess the skill, technique etc to get it done doesn't mean its not happening. Do I have to remind you...these guys are good
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Posted 13 August 2018 - 01:16 PM

Those speeds out of DJ, Rory, Koepka, Day, Woodland, Woods, etc are very believable.  As soon as I see Zach Johnson and Jim Furyk at 180+ I will become a tad bit skeptical.

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 04:14 PM

I've questioned this all year as well.  The first time I did a real double take was with Phil Mickelson at Riviera.  Playing the 10th hole with a 3w and they reported 170mph ball speed.....He averages 173 with driver.  Impossible? No, but seems a bit unlikely.  This past week at the PGA, there were a lot of upper 180's being shown on the broadcast.  I know PGA Tour's stats don't measure every hole, but the fact that they differ by a noticeable margin from what I saw on TV all weekend makes me think they are boosting it just a bit.  The fastest recorded so far for stats purposes over the entire year is 187.5 mph:

https://www.pgatour....stat.02402.html

I didn't keep count, but saw a handful of 189's on the coverage from both Brooks and Rory.  The numbers just seem a handful of mph too high, but I could be wrong!

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 05:17 PM

View Postbeckk10, on 12 August 2018 - 08:40 AM, said:

View Postmjen43, on 12 August 2018 - 01:00 AM, said:

How are they getting ball speed measurements off iron shots from the fairway? Koepka's iron shot on 17 was supposedly 148mph ball speed but the camera was pretty far behind him and there was nobody really in his vicinity.

trackman dude. duh.

There was nobody within 30 yards of him. Trackman is typically placed about 15 feet or so behind.

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 07:33 PM

Big fairways for the PGA might have allowed a little more freedom with the Drivers.  If you wanted to be in trouble, you had to fly it there.

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 07:44 PM

wonder what all these speeds would be with the old persimmon heads of yesterday ... not trying to out debate anyone here, so settle down ... today's club heads are huge compared to then, and more forgiving, so i wonder if the incentive to not dial it down is anywhere close to the effect the ball has on distance numbers ...

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Posted 14 August 2018 - 04:21 PM

View Posttiderider, on 13 August 2018 - 07:44 PM, said:

wonder what all these speeds would be with the old persimmon heads of yesterday ... not trying to out debate anyone here, so settle down ... today's club heads are huge compared to then, and more forgiving, so i wonder if the incentive to not dial it down is anywhere close to the effect the ball has on distance numbers ...

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Posted 15 August 2018 - 06:07 PM

I have to say I agree, OP. I think we all know these guys rip it but I seemed to notice as well that ball speeds were higher than normal. Then again, not sure whether or not that implies that those in charge of the coverage are juicing the numbers or what.

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Posted 15 August 2018 - 11:50 PM

Maybe they just use speed guns which measure speeds but are too high.  I don't doubt it, since they frequently report the wrong club anyway.  Not sure why they want to instill the idea that a 9 iron landing next to the hole is better than a same hole 7 iron landing next to the hole.  They just keep selling these guys as superhuman but don't bother telling us elevation changes/actual yardages etc which would actually make for a better viewing experience.  Pro's pace off from the back of the tee box every time to get the actual yardage anyway.  Which means it's always shorter than posted already.
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Posted 16 August 2018 - 12:12 AM

I also noticed this at the Memorial back when this year. Bubba hit a drive where he dropped his club, the measurement at 192 ball speed, and I remember seeing the numbers for DJ seeming unusually high for a 3 wood too. I supposed it was conditions when I watched.
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Posted 16 August 2018 - 10:25 AM

View Posttiderider, on 13 August 2018 - 07:44 PM, said:

wonder what all these speeds would be with the old persimmon heads of yesterday ... not trying to out debate anyone here, so settle down ... today's club heads are huge compared to then, and more forgiving, so i wonder if the incentive to not dial it down is anywhere close to the effect the ball has on distance numbers ...

I think you would be surprised how consistently they strike the ball even swinging at pretty much full bore. The larger heads definitely help to free things up but they are still striking it very consistently.

I think a lot of the numbers at the PGA seemed on the high side, But I know all the big hitters have no trouble getting into the 180s.
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