Years ago, all players had a preferred shot shape — fade or draw. The golf-ball sea change had begun in earnest. The two-piece ball, however, launches higher, spins less and is harder to curve. I believe this is because upright swingers tend to release the club from the top. Today, realizing the unlikelihood of hitting every fairway, players concentrate on distance, hanging back and spinning their hips and bodies to create clubhead speed. He played in 24 events, missed 14 cuts and did not record a single top finish en-route to finishing th on the money list. As more players switched to two-piece balls the accuracy numbers went down.
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They would aim down one side of a fairway and try to work the ball back into the middle. Hearn was no anomaly, either.
Two reasons — swing plane and putting. He played in 24 events, missed 14 cuts and did not record a single top finish en-route to finishing th on the money list. Today, realizing the unlikelihood of hitting every fairway, players concentrate on distance, hanging back and spinning their hips and bodies to create clubhead speed. With other ball manufacturers trying to replicate the characteristics straiggtest the Pro V1X, the number of players averaging more than yards per drive spiked, to nine, and the number of players averaging 70 percent of fairways dropped 35 percent, to By Will Gray December 6, at 2: Since then, it seems, the whole of professional golf is in the rough.
Long and straight doesn’t always pay on PGA Tour
I have an opinion, based on long-term observation of the habits of Tour players. Conversely, flatter swingers have more bow in their lead wrist and more shaft lean at impact, and creeps into their putting strokes and can be ruinous. Only six of those 37 players there was a tie for third in total driving one year finished in the top 20 in scoring.
What was formerly a great predictor of success had become irrelevant, perhaps a better predictor of failure. Because putting strokes are typically smaller versions of full swings, this tendency helps to release the putter head.
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By Brentley Romine December 7, at 5: May 21, at 8: Longer hitters are typically more upright swingers, such as Nicklaus, Bruce Lietzke or Woods Which brings us to That year, no player drove the ball better than Canadian David Hearn. By26 players averaged over yards and only 19 hit 70 percent of fairways.
This makes them pop up on their toes. And hitting out of the rough, the upright swingers have the power and the angle to produce the trajectory and spin to control approach shots.
He ranks th in scoring. Today, the tee shot still sets up everything that follows, but in a way Hogan would find hard to reconcile. The golf-ball sea change had begun in earnest.
They had the entire width of the fairway to work with. The lower the number, the better. How is it that this skill has become so unessential? Why doesn’t the player who can hit this new ball straighter and longer enjoy the same proportionate benefit for his skill that the players 20 years ago did?
By Rex Hoggard December 7, at 4: Flatter swingers, several of whom have led the total-driving statistic in the last decade or so, are at a tremendous disadvantage hitting out of the rough. Total driving Driving distance Accuracy Scoring avg.
The workability of the wound balata ball facilitated this strategy. In the last dozen years, the top three finishers in total driving averaged a 77 th -place finish in scoring. From to this year, no total-driving leader finished higher than 67 th on the money list.
So someone who ranked fifth in one category and seventh in the straighrest would have a total driving number of