Thursday, October 23, 2008

Dispelling Distance

I came across this nice little e-article from Titleist, giving notice to those who place value on club speed and distance off the tee.

Of course, Dick Rugge, Senior Technical Director for the USGA knows better, as his job is to regulate the tools a golfer can use so that “skill remains the most important tenant of the sport.”

Rugge’s use of the word ‘tenant’ in this instance refers to a lessee. Hence ‘skill’ is now a paying customer of the game as opposed to a tenet, which refers to a rule or ideology. Where was the editor on this piece?

Anyway, what Honorable Rugge proposes is right. Faster swing speeds do not equate to greater distance off the tee. Longer hitters on tour don’t necessarily win more money. Accuracy off the tee is not the indicator of success as it was over 20 years ago. My point? Read the article and recall it again after you bomb your drive over 290 yards, only to 3-putt from 8 feet in.

2 Comentários:

Dee Dee said...

I guess my slow swing, short drives and lack of accuracy should be a good indicator of my success on the golf course!

Anonymous said...

well, this one i have to disagree with. i think there's some misinterpretation here.

1. Other variables being equal (like a squared-up face, equipment appropriate for the player, etc.), clubhead speed was, is, and always will be the number-1 factor for and indicator of distance.

2. I don't think anyone claimed clubhead speed correlates in any way to golfing success, except in the example that if the club is moving at exactly 0, then there is 0 likelihood of success and failure. aside from that, if they did make that claim, then they live on a planet of scratch-golfer gorillas, which probably deserves its own national geographic article.

3. "Faster swing speeds do not equate to greater distance off the tee" is an incomplete idea. A 200-mph swing that skulls the ball has no skill. A 100-mph swing that catches the ball flush and centered will beat it ever time. Two equal-skill swings of different speeds will favor the faster swing in terms of distance ever time.

I read the article and I'm surprised at some of the assumptions. I honestly didnt think anyone bought into the idea that the "longest hitters are the most successful". I thought it was common knowledge that it's a game of consistency not of extremes, but the whole thing was quite enlightening.

Bah. I just like hitting the cover off the ball.

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