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Inside the Numbers: A look at the launch monitor results for 3 different PGA Tour players

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Recently, during a practice round at Quail Hollow Club ahead of the 2022 Presidents Cup, I was standing near the tee at hole No. 13, which is a par-4 measuring 504 yards.

I was briefly following a foursome of United States team members, including Tony Finau, Collin Morikawa, Max Homa, and Cameron Young.

If we’re being completely honest, I was following the group because I needed some photos of Morikawa’s custom USA Adidas shoes for a story about the custom gear that players were wearing at the Presidents Cup.

As a golfer, though, I was especially intrigued because the group was carrying around a Foresight GC Quad, and each player was taking turns ripping drivers on the long par 4. From where I was standing, I had a clear look at the launch monitor numbers that popped up on the screen after their drives.

Unfortunately, the launch monitor system didn’t properly read Finau’s numbers, but I was able to capture photos of the results for Morikawa, Homa and Young. Keep in mind that the 13th hole is a slight dogleg right where players have to either take on the bunker on the right, which is a 320-yard carry, or they play to the left of the bunker and rip it down the left side (possibly with a cut).

Let’s take a look at each players’ numbers below:

Collin Morikawa

Ball Speed: 167 mph

Carry: 298 yards

Launch Angle: 12 degrees

Pull: 2.4 degrees left

Spin Axis: 2.0 degrees right

Total Spin: 2,099 rpm

Max Homa

Ball Speed: 176 mph

Carry: 299 yards

Launch Angle: 10.7 degrees

Pull: 6.1 degrees left

Spin Axis: 12 degrees right

Total Spin: 2,885 rpm

Cameron Young

Ball Speed: 184 mph

Carry: 339 yards

Launch Angle: 13.8 degrees

Push: 0.6 degrees right

Spin Axis: 7.0 degrees left

Total Spin: 2,059 rpm

Obviously, these are results from just one swing for each player, so it’s not representative of their overall averages. For a wider scope of PGA Tour launch monitor numbers, you can find those stats over at PGATOUR.com on the Stats page under the “radar” section at the bottom.

My biggest takeaway from the three sets of numbers listed above is simply the importance of tracking your own personal launch monitor feedback. It can be extremely informative for you to figure out what numbers are causing suboptimal distance and accuracy.

For example, Morikawa’s ball speed is just 167 mph, compared to Homa’s 176 mph of ball speed, but Morikawa’s carry distance is 298 yards, versus Homa’s 299-yard drive. On these particular drives, Morikawa’s higher launch angle (12 degrees) and lower backspin (2,099 rpm), versus Homa’s lower launch angle (10.7 degrees) and higher backspin (2,885 rpm), allows Morikawa to better maximize distance for his speed. It’s possible that Homa either mishit the shot low on the face, or he was intentionally hitting a cut, which could explain the reason that Homa’s ball didn’t fly significantly farther compared to Morikawa’s.

A lot of information can be gathered from launch monitor numbers, especially when you consult a fitter or instructor to work through your results and how to improve them. I encourage all golfers to seek out a launch monitor system, and simply hit shots with multiple clubs to figure out how far you actually hit the ball, and why it flies the way it does.

For a full breakdown of Trackman vs Foresight, check out this article here. Also, check out our full review of the Full Swing Kit below.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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