Is Rory Bubba Long?
Posted 09 May 2012 - 03:32 AM
Who is the longest on tour? Bubba leads the PGA Tour in driving distance, carry distance, ball speed and club head speed. If he's not the longest on tour by leading EVERY category then I don't know who is...
His ball speed average is nearly 3 mph faster than anyone else on tour. He even has the highest measurable ball speed at 188 for one swing. He's definitely the longest on tour. Rory is absolutely no slouch though, 177 ball speed is absolutely moving it.
I spent hours at the range (which slopes gently uphill, so you can see a drive that goes 335 then another bounce past it at 340) at the Masters last year and in the space of 45 minutes DJ, Bubba, Phil and Woodland warmed up.
DJ and Phil were both pretty close, DJ a fraction longer. Bubba was hitting massive cuts and draws, about 10 yards further on. Woodland was generally about the same as Bubba, except for his last shot which he went after. Suddenly there was a lone ball sitting at the top of the range, 35-40 yards in the clear.
If I need a PGA Tour player to long drive for my life - I'll be taking Woodland.
Posted 09 May 2012 - 06:00 AM
On course tight fairway/bunkers/hazard/pressure swing length is what really matters.
Posted 09 May 2012 - 11:37 AM
the averages reset every year, and has already been said but rory used the slope and shot shape to get a ton of roll where ricky hit into the slope. if it was wet rickey would have out driven rory by 10-15yards. but it wasn't wet, in fact the fairways were rock hard. it was a helluva shot but rory doesn't carry his 3w farther than rickey does his driver. he just hit it so far on that shot because of 40-50 yards of roll
Edited by AFcelica, 09 May 2012 - 11:38 AM.
Posted 09 May 2012 - 12:08 PM