R&A And USGA Re­lease 2017 Dis­tance Study

An an­nual re­view of driv­ing dis­tance in golf

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In­tro­duced in 2015, the an­nual re­port ex­am­ines driv­ing dis­tance data from seven of the ma­jor world­wide pro­fes­sional golf tours, based on nearly 300,000 drives per year. The data from stud­ies of male and fe­male am­a­teur golfers is also in­cluded.

The 2015 and 2016 edi­tions of the dis­tance re­port pre­sented the in­creases in driv­ing dis­tance since 2003 as a slow creep of around 0.2 yards per year. The 2017 data shows a de­vi­a­tion from this trend. The av­er­age dis­tance gain across the seven world­wide tours was more than 3 yards since 2016.

As noted in pre­vi­ous an­nual re­ports, vari­abil­ity in driv­ing dis­tance of 4 or more yards from sea­son to sea­son on any one tour is not un­com­mon. How­ever, this level of in­crease across so many tours in a sin­gle sea­son is un­usual and con­cern­ing and re­quires closer in­spec­tion and mon­i­tor­ing to fully un­der­stand the causes and ef­fects.

As the re­view of this is­sue pro­gresses,

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