Reading David Dusek's piece on Cameron Champ and comparing his incredible driving stats to Bubba Watson's longest ever year in 2012 it struck me that Ping drivers link both men.

What we are talking here is "Strokes Gained Off The Tee" versus the field. Bubba Watson set the record in 2012 with 1.485 Strokes Gained.  Nobody has even come close since. Until now.  With Cameron Champ who, so far this wraparound season has an SG Off The Tee on 1.483.

Could that have something to do with the drivers?

Bubba's (and the Tours) longest driving year versus Cameron Champ's far

In 2012 Bubba used  a Ping G20 (8.5°), possibly tweaked down 1 degree, with a Grafalloy Bi-Matrix shaft to produce an average driving distance of 315.5 yards from 132 measured drives.

His strokes gained off the tee was 1.485 (the highest ever since measuring began on the PGA Tour) his average swing speed that year was 124.69, his average ball speed was 184.98 mph and his driving accuracy percentage was 58.85.

Cameron Champ uses a Ping G400 Max (9 degrees) with a Fujikura Pro White TS 63X shaft.  Through 10 rounds measured during the 2018 season he averaged 325.6 yards.  So far in the 2019 season, from 40 drives he is averaging 328.2 yards.

Champ leads the PGA Tour in average clubhead speed at 130.2 mph and average ball speed at 193.61 mph. He is also hitting 61.79 percent of the fairways.
Interestingly despite Champ's 13 yards longer average, his strokes gained off the tee is 1.483, on track to be up there with the highest ever, but 0.002 behind Watson.  Why? Because everyone is driving it longer today than six years ago.
In 2012, 21 players drove the ball on average 300 yards.  Currently 60 players hit it over 300, nearly a 200% increase.

I'm going to get me a Ping!

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