Data shows amateur driving distances have dropped over the last year

Average length of drives finishing in the fairway in 2018 is 218.81 yards.

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Fri, 1 Jun 2018

Data shows amateur driving distances have dropped over the last year

Data tracking system Arccos 360 has revealed amateur driving distances dropped over the last year.

Using the brand’s worldwide dataset, Arccos analysed more than 10 million drives taken by amateur golfers in more than 100 countries between 2015 and March 2018.

The data revealed that driving distance across all handicaps and age groups has either remained flat or declined.

“The recent USGA and R&A Distance Report showed a significant average driving distance increase of 3.6 yards across the seven worldwide tours since 2016, so we wanted to see if the same were true among amateur players,” said Andrew Turner, Senior Director of Global Sales at Arccos Golf.

“What we found was that even allowing for winter weather conditions, amateurs have struggled to gain distance on their drives and some age groups have gone backwards,” he added.

In 2015, the average distance for all drives by amateur players with a driver was 220.63 yards. Three years later that average has dropped to 217.07 yards, according to Arccos’ data analysis.

The biggest drop came from golfers aged 50-59, who saw their average fall over nine yards across the three year analysis, leaving the average drive for that age group at 213.45 yards in 2018.

The average distance for all drives that finish on the fairway has suffered an even heavier slump, with the average going from 223.51 yards in 2015 to 218.81 yards in 2018.

Golfers with a handicap of 16-20 had an average distance for drives ending on the fairway of 216.05 yards, yet the Arccos report shows the figure has fallen to 207.45 yards in 2018 within that handicap category.