Maximise your distance off the tee in 2021.
Check out the chart below from Ping which shows you the numbers that you need to be achieving in order to maximise your distance off the tee. Flightscope,Callaway,Cobra,Ping.
For reference recent Flightscope and Trackman data suggests that the average total driver distance for men has remained at 226 yards throughout 2019 and 2020.
Average Male golfer stats
Club head speed 93.4mph –
Ball speed 132.6mph 140.1mph
Launch angle 12.1 14.7
Spin rate 3275 rpm 2300rpm
Carry distance 204 yards 228 yards
Total distance 226 yards 255 yards
So, if you aren’t already maximising your distance off the tee, where do you need to start?
Angle of attack – Are you hitting down on the ball?
Is the ball in the correct position for a driver?
Have you got enough side tilt at set up?
Smash factor – Are you finding the sweet spot?
Ball speed ?
Club path – Do you typically slice from an out to in club path?
Correct loft – Does your current driver have sufficient loft to maximise carry?
Low loft does not equal more distance
Spin rate – Too much backspin can be caused by a shaft that is too soft
Shaft length – A club shaft that is too long can result in off centre strikes
Head type – Certain club heads are designed to maximise ball speed even on off centre strikes
In our next blog post we’ll look at how there is a direct correlation between distance and scoring ability.