Typed too soon. Two weeks ago I pointed out that the driving distance average was finally going to top the 290 mark, but as that lovely state is prone to do, Florida messed things up.
The final 2007 PGA Tour driving distance average landed at 289.1, compared to 2006's 289.3.
In 2007, 18 players averaged over 300 yards, while 20 players averaged over 300 in 2006.
This season saw 26 drives over 400 yards and, courtesy of the stat gurus in Ponte Vedra, we know there were 1748 of 350 yards or longer.
In 2006, there were 30 over-400 tee shots and 2,183 drives of 350 or more.
Now before our friends at the USGA start patting themselves on the back, let's remember a few things.
The premise of a U-groove ban says that players will throttle back to hit more fairways because V-grooves won't save them from the rough. But if their driving distance average is flat lining, it's hard to make the case that this is really necessary. But there's still that pesky Statement of Principles authored when the guys were 10 yards shorter on average, though one probley, they also had U-grooves back in 2002. Why weren't guys flogging it back then?