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Aug092017

Ball Goes Far Files: Rory's Driver Carries Render Quail Hollow's Range Too Short

There is some truly blissful viewing here watching the Toptracer techology track Rory's monster carry yardages and his range balls bounding through the trees 350 yards away.

Note the drive that carries 365! (Link here if embed does not work.)

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Unless the range was downwind, I don't believe those numbers without an eyewitness. I think GC's numbers are jacked up.
The first club is not a 3-wood as stated on air, it's a 19° FW.

If you use Google Maps distance function from the road at the back of the range to the road he carries on the long drive it measures 306 y
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBillV
It is exactly 350 yards to the tree line. If he in fact was hitting it to the trees then those carry distances are spot on.
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterAdamup
Wow! These guys are FIT!
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
even Matt Kuchar was hitting it across the road on that Launch Monitor
08.9.2017 | Unregistered Commenter@sevethecomm
When will the USGA pull their head out of the sand and address the 800 pound gorilla in the room? The ball's going so far these days that many courses have or be rendered obsolete unless one of two things occurs: (1) we usher in 8,000 yard courses or (2) we dial the ball back to compensate for the players' increased size and strength, as well as the technology of modern clubs. Contrary to what some in golf may believe, not all of us want to see a player hit driver/wedge into a 500 yard par 4.
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterGreg
They said yesterday that Jack won the 62 LD contest with a drive of 341. He also won the next year with 316 I believe. The winner yesterday was 321 I think. How does that play into the equipment being juiced narrative ?
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
Yeah, but what about the stat Nobilo keeps coughing up - dead last in proximity from 150-125? Might get away with it if he putts like Jordan.
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
@BrianS, you would need to compare that to the real long drive contests of today.
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterAdamup
Glad to see Shack's workin' hard on Yipsy.

Tiger Woods to enter diversion program Oct. 25
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Aug. 9, 2017, 10:19 AM ET

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Tiger Woods pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence Wednesday, but has agreed to enter a diversion program that would see the charge dropped later this year.

Douglas Duncan, the attorney for the 41-year-old golf superstar, entered the plea. Woods did not appear at the Palm Beach County courthouse.

Prosecutor Adrienne Ellis said Woods has agreed to plead guilty to reckless driving at an Oct. 25 hearing and enter the county's program for first-time DUI offenders.

"He is not being treated any different than anyone else,'' Ellis said.

Duncan declined comment as he left the courthouse.

Under the plea deal, prosecutors would drop the DUI charge from his arrest in May when he was found asleep in his Mercedes-Benz, apparently under the influence of a prescription painkiller and an anti-insomnia drug. No alcohol was found in his system.

In the diversion program, Woods will spend a year on probation, pay a $250 fine and court costs, attend DUI school, perform 50 hours of community service, attend a workshop where victims of impaired drivers detail how their lives were damaged and other conditions. Since the program began four years ago, almost 2,400 defendants have enrolled, according to the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office.
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterNo Mercy
"Contrary to what some in golf may believe, not all of us want to see a player hit driver/wedge into a 500 yard par 4."

Greg,

You make far too much sense for the TV networks, club manufacturers, agents, Jimmy Roberts Bleep Shovelers, and "You Duh Man!" screamers in the gallery.
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterNo Mercy
Spent a morning at Chambers Bay at the range - Rory was a sight to behold. Little guy, easy smooth swing but just crushed everything dead straight
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBC
We don't know that he was flying it to the tree line. We know that GC's tracker says he was. Rolling it to the tree line is not a carry of 365. I call hogwash.

But I'm happy to have an eyewitness say otherwise.
It ain't the ball. It's the new shafts. Roll back the shafts! Roll back the ball! Roll back bunker rakes! I'm rolling my eyes!
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterSclaff & Foozle
The distance issue will eventually tackled head-on by Augusta... that is golf's ruling body nowadays.
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJohn C
The solution is simple: move the end of range to May
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterDrBunsenHoneydew
They need to stop calling holes that are reached with a drive and a short iron as par 5's.
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterMooch
I sure hope new caddy Harry says, "Driver's good, mate. Now go hit some wedges."
08.9.2017 | Unregistered Commenter3foot1
@ 3foot1 and maybe add a little extra time on the putting green.
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBrandon
This was the first thing that came to mind as he hit his fairway wood:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BF95hdIuOg
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterManku
Range is usually downwind left to right; next year, it's into the wind
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPG
Sometimes those things happen.
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFC
If he drives it within a 'feel' wedge shot of the green and proceeds to then miss the green or give himself a putt of 30 - 40 feet, then it's all for not.
Plus there's a good number of those drives he hit on the range that would miss the fairway on a course.
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
You don't like Rory, do you Press Agent ?
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterEasingwold
Last week Rory's wedge game was lousy, though it often looks pretty good -- not Stricker or Zach Johnson good, but help-you-win-a-tournament good. To me, though, he just looked rusty. The putting is a different story. I'm not sure it's execution, per se, so much as it's mental. He has to trust his read and trust his feel, which means putting like a 10-year-old. Sometimes that's hard for him, sometimes it's easy, but it doesn't seem like a matter of practice.
08.9.2017 | Unregistered Commenter3foot1
3foot1, I think you're right ie rusty. His putting to me looks all technique and no feel. A bit like Faldo when his putting started to wane.
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterEasingwold
@3 foot 1, Ease: I think he does have a poor putting technique. He often opens his shoulders around impact and the putterhead moves to the left as a result. Even if the head remains square to the target line, the roll isn't as true. Jimmy Walker has the same move, and he's also a little streaky on the greens. Further, I don't think he's a very good green reader, and tends to play too little break on fast greens. Not as bad as Stenson (it's not a coincidence that his dominant performance at Troon last year came on greens that were slower and flatter than on most Tour courses), but he's got room for improvement. But what a driver of the ball he is...
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
Good points Hawkeye
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterEasingwold
Remain calm. All is well. ALL IS WELL!!!
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterMike D.
Way too often I see the carry numbers on TV, and they're just wrong.
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBrad Fritsch
Look at me, I'm Rory McIlroy
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterC
Fake drive news, Brad.
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFC
I'm a Rors fan, so I tend to follow his tournaments on the PGA website leaderboard play by play feature. The number of times he has an approach inside 150, heck, inside 125, and misses a green is astounding to me. I didn't see Nobilo's cite for 125-150 approach standing, but it doesn't surprise me. McIlroy has to know that and is addressing it. His putting is streaky, but on average now-a-days, good enough to win combined with his ball striking. If he ever gets his approach game going, he'd be unbeatable, in my opinion. At any rate, I wish I were as "bad" as Rory!
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterDale
BrianS,

When Jack won that long drive contest it was in Dallas in August on rock hard ground. Not hard to figure how the ball went as far as it did. Anyone who says the ball isn't going too far simply has their head in the sand. Plain and simple.
i think ball goes far but not what you think.
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterV60 says hi
I think that the launch monitor the Golf Channel is using needs to be recalibrated.
08.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterConvert
It’s not the distance that the ball travels that counts, its the quality of the game that should count. Add to that the refusal of those in the game to accept that technology has allowed golf to be reduced to the wham bam fraternity overturning many a great design, courses and ultimately the enjoyment of the game.

Distance destroys the game in just about every aspect - from the quality of the design through to playing courses, the actual deterrent to the long drive has been misplaced within the minds of modern designers believing that the golfing public believe that the game is all about the long aerial shots.

Distance demeans skill which in turn dulls the senses of both the player designer and spectator - which seem to go against everything that golf is all about - but then the wham, bam mentality has thrived as many a player and designer has refused to honour the Royal & Ancient Game of Golf.
08.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterTom Morris
They should get rid of all par 5s. Call them par 4s. They can convert some of the short par 4s to par 3s. It's all relative. I don''t think it matters what they hit.
08.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterNubi
Rory is still driving it great on the front nine, but he seems to have lost 50 yards of carry since that range session.
08.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
Greg- "When will the USGA pull their head out of the sand and address the 800 pound gorilla in the room?"

Maybe it isn't the USGA at all. If you look at the history of equipment limitations, the USGA was always on the side of being more strict than the R&A. Maybe it is still the R&A that is holding back on any limitations and the USGA doesn't want to split with the R&A on rules???
08.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterRoger

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