Do you know your numbers?
Professional players stick longer and longer for many reasons. It is true that every year we see better athletes in the Tour, but to a large extent the technology of the ball and the woods have been responsible for maximizing distances.
As a sample, Bernhard Langer, at 30 years old, averaged 260 yards in his exits, at age 60 he averages 280.
Even so, there is another piece of the puzzle that has allowed professionals to optimize their distances: monitors .
While the player has access to the best balls and equipment - it is fundamentally optimized with a monitor such as Trackman or GC Quad. That is why it is important to get a fitting with a professional who has access to this equipment and try to do this from time to time with this equipment.
What are the most important numbers that a monitor can give you? There are many and your fitter and teacher will know them in depth, but the basic ones are:
- Speed of the Staff (Club Speed): Speed of the head of the baton at the moment of impact
- Ball Speed: Speed of the ball at impact
- Efficiency of the Strike ( Smash Factor): The speed of the ball divided by that of the staff. There are limits, so in the driver the maximum is 1.5
- Angle of the Launch (Launch Angle): It differs a little between monitors depending on the technology
- Revolutions (Spin Rate): Revolutions per minute of the ball. In general, it is good to approach the number of the staff in thousands. If you hit iron 6, the spin would have to be around 6,000 revolutions. With the driver the 2,000-2,300 is a good number.
- Carry: The distance where the ball hits.
Below are the average numbers of the PGA Tour and LPGA. Trackman source.
Note how lasmams maximize their distances. As they have less speed, they look for higher clearance angles.
This is how tufitter and teacher should find the optimal equipment and the body movements to maximize your potential.
Of all these numbers, the most important you have to know is the carry. Inside a fitting, you should have your "gaps" or distances between poles - from the lob wedge to the driver.
These decarry numbers are what will guide the decision of how many wedges to put in the bag, what the longest iron and its transition to which and how many hybrids and/or woods.
These numbers are fundamental - eye that the carry is different from the total distance, but the carry is the starting point since it is where the ball itches.
Eye, it is not that there is a ball or better mark, but there will be a ball model better for you. The fitting should always include the ball as it not only affects your short game, if not the characteristics of the flight with the sticks - like the revolutions (spin rate) and angle of takeoff.
That's why the ball is the part of the team that has the most difficulty changing the professionals. For example, professionals who play ProV1 or Prov1X, often play models from previous years because they do not want to do the transition every year.
In summary, complete your bag fitting including the ball, know your distances and try to train from time to time with the feedback of a good monitor (GC Quad or Trackman, do not trust other models).