Geoff Shackelford had an interesting piece on driving distance gains this morning where for the first time ever the number of Tour Pros "averaging" 295 yards or more from the tee has passed 100.

Whether it be advances in physical fitness and strength or a rampant free for all by the equipment companies, golf has truly become a game of wham bam thank you mam rather than one of skill and accuracy.

According to the piece the PGA Tour driving distance average in 2002 was 279.84 yards.
In 2018 the PGA Tour driving distance average is at 296.0 yards.

Rory McIlroy can become the first play ever to average 320.0 yards for a season if he maintains his current distance at the Tour Championship at East Lake. The previous record is 317.7 yards set by Dustin Johnson.




Perhaps the most stark indication of distance gain is this. From 49 players averaging 295 yards in 2014 to 108 averaging 295 yards in 2018.

2013-14
 Honda:  45 players averaging 295 or higher
 End of season:  49 averaging 295 or higher

2014-15
 Honda:  50 players averaging 295 or higher
 End of season:  53 averaging 295 or higher

2015-16
 Honda:  65 players averaging 295 or higher
 End of season:  55 averaging 295 or higher

2016-17
 Honda:  63 players averaging 295 or higher
 End of season:  77 averaging 295 or higher

2017-18
 Honda:  111 players averaging 295 or higher
 Heading to the last tournament:  108 averaging 295 or higher

And it shows no sign of ending.


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