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Today's Golfer (UK) - - Short Game Success Donald’s Do’s & Don’ts For A Be -

What it’s told us about golfers Golf in 2017 is burst­ing at the seams with tech. Ev­ery­thing, from shoes to driv­ers, balls and put­ters can now be an­a­lysed on a ma­chine to help im­prove a golfer’s per­for­mance. With so much data out there – data we sim­ply didn’t have ac­cess to a few years ago – we thought it was time to show some of the most im­pres­sive stats that tech has re­cently re­vealed...

13,000 steps

The num­ber of steps golfers take when play­ing an av­er­age round (walk­ing); over six miles. For those us­ing a buggy it drops to 6,000 steps.

295cc

The size Ping’s G30 driver would need to be shrunk down to be as quick through the air as their aero­dy­namic new G400.

0.0005 sec­onds

The amount of time a 10-foot putt stays in con­tact with the face (about half a mil­lisec­ond). Be­cause a put­ter has loft a 10-footer is “lifted” into the air for about its first four inches; it then skids for about 12 inches be­fore start­ing its roll.

40%

A re­cent Swedish study found mor­tal­ity rates dropped 40% for those who play golf on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, which equates to an ex­tra five years of life ex­pectancy.

720

Num­ber of frames per sec­ond Ping’s Enzo mo­tion cap­ture cam­eras grab on ev­ery­thing from drag to shaft torque. Hol­ly­wood films are usu­ally cap­tured at between 100-200fps.

1442 calo­ries

The amount of calo­ries walk­ing and car­ry­ing your golf clubs will burn in a round; more than you’d burn in a 30-minute gym ses­sion. Typ­i­cally, you’d find 180 calo­ries in a pint of beer and 341 in a ba­con sand­wich, so long as you don’t over-in­dulge you’ll be in calo­rie credit!

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Many of the lat­est wedges (es­pe­cially higher lofts) have an ex­tra groove, which comes di­rectly from a launch mon­i­tor. More grooves mean more spin on shorter shots, but we’d never have known if we couldn’t mea­sure spin.

69%

The per­cent­age of UK golfers who use elec­tric trol­leys. The DMD mar­ket’s split 75%-25% in favour of GPS over rangefind­ers. With 80% of the Bri­tish pop­u­la­tion own­ing a smart­phone it’s no sur­prise Mo­to­caddy has used the GPS built into your phone to power its new S5 Con­nect.

2.270

The num­ber of strokes DJ gains on the field every round he plays. Strokes gained is a rel­a­tively new way of com­par­ing play­ers within a field. The PGA Tour’s top five is made up by Fowler (2.12), Rahm (1.98), Spi­eth (1.87) and Tyrrell Hat­ton (1.864).

181 mph

Rory Mcil­roy’s ball speed off his Tay­lor­made M2 driver. His spin is 2,119rpm, and he car­ries drives 316 yards, which run out to 339. That’s 50mph quicker and 111 yards fur­ther than the av­er­age UK golfer. Eeek!

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The nu­mer of hours of vig­or­ous ex­er­cise world No.1 Dustin John­son does every week. He works out twice a day, with three days a week spent on power train­ing, and a fur­ther three spent on “neu­ro­log­i­cal train­ing” which tar­gets spe­cific mus­cles. His coach reck­ons the ex­er­cise has upped club speed by 2mph and smash fac­tor by 5%.

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