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Average driving distance breakdown from the 2020 Masters

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As the distance debate continues to rumble on in the men’s professional game, golf statistician Lou Stagner has broken down the dispersion of each drive at this year’s Masters tournament.

Data expert Stagner found that the distance range which saw the highest percentage of drives at the 2020 Masters was in the 280-299 yard category.

The data also shows that drives of 310 yards or more were a rarity at the event and 69% of those drives came at holes which play downhill: holes 2,9,10 and 11.

Check out the findings below.

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Stagner also provided some eye opening number breakdowns for Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson and 63-year-old Bernhard Langer from the tournament:

Follow Lou on Twitter here for plenty of fascinating golf statistics and data. And check out these driving distance breakdowns for amateur golfers based on both index and age which we published recently:

What do you think of the driving distance averages from the 2020 Masters, WRXers?

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Jim Pearson

    Nov 18, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    Totally meaningless unless all this data is restricted to drives with a DRIVER!!!!!

    If its a mix of Driver, 3 Wood , Driving Iron etc what does this info really say.??

    NOTHING!!!

  2. Jack Nash

    Nov 18, 2020 at 10:02 am

    Langer, a 63 yr old man beat DeShambles, lol

  3. Eimert

    Nov 18, 2020 at 8:53 am

    I definately didn’t see everything during the Masters but i did see a lot of drives hit the ground and… stop (within a couple of feet mostly). So these yardages are mostly carry distances.

  4. jkumpire

    Nov 18, 2020 at 6:51 am

    But really, isn’t the issue that matters is carry and not total distance? Distance can be manipulated by condition of the fairways, and helped by wind and weather conditions.

    The biggest determination of carry is the equipment being used by players. So these numbers really do not mean very much. They do not talk about carry vs. distance, they do not take into account the wetness of the fairways at ANGC as opposed to other years, and because of that has little to offer in the debate over how much distance is too much distance.

    • GMac

      Nov 18, 2020 at 7:51 pm

      Good point on carry distance, but how high your ball flight is also has an impact. On a straight hole with firm fairways both Champ and Wolf can be as long as Bryson but on a sharp dogleg with tall trees Bryson is in a league by himself.

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‘Angry Golfers’ – Pro golfers visit anger management in hilarious Euro tour video

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The European Tour has produced many memorable pieces of content over the past couple of years – but they have just outdone themselves with their latest video: ‘Angry Golfers’.

Filmed in Abu Dhabi, the video stars Tommy Fleetwood who hosts a group therapy session for some golfers looking to lose their temper on the course: Matt Wallace, Ian Poulter, Henrik Stenson, Eddie Pepperell, and of course, Tyrrell Hatton.

Check out the funny video below.

Here’s what some of our members have been saying about the video in our forums:

  • Matty01984: “More amazing work from the European Tour social media team!”
  • Frankensteins Monster: “Bloody brilliant.”
  • gators78: “Whatever this strategic partnership/alliance/cuddle buddy deal is between the PGA Tour and the Euro Tour, the PGAT should launch their entire social media staff and use the Euro Tours. Their stuff is just miles better.”

We can only hope we don’t have too long to wait for more great stuff from the Euro Tour content committee!

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The DailyWRX: 1/22/2021

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Old news, but this SUCKS!

 

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The truth hurts…

 

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These are so satisfying…….

 

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BC’s hot take………

Samesies…

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Tiger’s alarming decrease in clubhead speed before his 5th back surgery

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Tiger Woods’ close friend Notah Begay talked to Golf Channel this week and shared some insightful information on the pain Tiger felt prior to his latest back surgery and just how much the issue was hurting his performance.

Per Begay, one of the first things Tiger was quick to notice at the PNC Championship back in December was the alarming rate in which his clubhead speed had dropped.

Woods had a PGA Tour-best clubhead speed of 129.2 mph in March 2018, but last month that clubhead speed had sunk to 113mph due to the pain he was feeling.

“I had a chance to visit with him and catch up over at the PNC Championship, but one of the things he did bring up was that he noticed that his clubhead speed was creeping down around 113 (mph), and, I’ve known this guy since he was 9 years old, and he might have been over 113 back then. I don’t think he’s ever crept this low.”  

The analyst also revealed that Woods had “some concern” about having a 5th back surgery, and described the “radiating” pain which forced Tiger to go under the knife yet again:

“I talked to him just recently, within the last hour, and he mentioned that there was radiating pain back down the back part of his leg. Anybody that’s ever had disc problems like myself can realize and understand that’s just a very uncomfortable place to be in. 

Any way you can alleviate the pain, in this particular case, through this procedure, is the way to go, especially if you want to try and pursue elite-level performance.”

For his comeback, Begay told viewers that Woods is back hitting balls already and will have Augusta in mind for his return. As for a blueprint for Tiger to add to his 82 PGA Tour wins, Begay believes hot putting weeks will be key.

“He’s fine. I mean, I literally 15 minutes ago exchanged texts with him, and he was hitting golf balls. It’s not like he’s laying in the bed watching reruns of Friends. He’s gotten the pain alleviated. I promise he wasn’t trying to rip his driver out there, but he’s going to let it come back, he’s going to let it heal and we all know that he’s got the event in April circled.

There’s a lot of torque, a lot of stress, and I think he’s just going to have to play a little bit more of a consistent type of tee-to-green game and then just wait for when the putter starts to warm up like we know it can.”

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