It concerns me the more I read some golfers comments across the social world in relation to distance and what it means. I am seeing more and more golfers telling me how far they have hit a shot or how far they hit their driver when all I think is, how does that help you.
Thanks to the great work of Mark Broadie and the idea of strokes gained we now understand the importance of distance and how it can improve approach play then in turn strokes gained in putting stats. For most handicap golfers extra distance would have a huge benefit but not at the expense of a certain level of accuracy. Most handicap golfers that I have taught over my years as a golf coach don’t get close to a high level of ball striking or face to path control. Giving them bucket loads of speed will only hurt their game more.
Improving a players strike will only deliver more ball speed and in turn more distance. Improving a players face to path and dynamic loft delivery will also improve distance, yet I only hear claims of distance and total yards from golfers. Why do I not hear claim of fairways hit or face to path control and strike.
Think about my knuckle ball shout used across my content. What that is saying is I am going to reach good distance due to strike and delivery control not just ego tastic speed. Knuckle Ballllllllll is a fun shout but it also has a clever undertone if you look deeper into what we are saying.
I worry as golf lives and grows online where so many can have a voice regardless of experience or knowledge. I am seeing a huge trend towards distance beliefs fuelded often by poor info. While at the same time I understand how extra distance can help when looking at a strokes gained model I also see how it hurts students day in day out.
Please share your thoughts below and let me know if this makes sense.