I don’t get why GolfDigest is so breathless about Dustin Johnson’s driver numbers when they are largely the same as they were over a year and a half ago.
If you were around at the beginnning of 2015, you’ll remember that TaylorMade had a commercial out showing that Dustin was getting really good numbers with his Aero Burner driver, and let’s compare the numbers on two drives from then, and now.
First, you can see the commercial from early 2015 below…
2015 – Dustin Johnson Hits 187 mph Ball Speed
So, now GolfDigest is making a big deal about Dustin Johnson doing… the same thing, basically, that he was doing two years ago, as I’m assuming he didn’t just start getting those numbers in early 2015…
The TM commercial has Dustin hitting these numbers on a drive:
Club Speed – 127.3 MPH
Ball Speed – 187.9 MPH
Total Distance – 347.0 Yards
Dustin – 2014/15
And O.K., back to the GolfDigest article on Johnson’s “ridiculous” numbers:
We’ll have to wait and see if Dustin Johnson can maintain the torrid golf that made him the 2016 PGA Tour Player of the Year. In the meantime, we know one thing: He’s not getting any shorter off the tee.
So on this drive, we get:
Club Speed – 123.9 MPH (nearly 4 mph lower than the commercial)
Ball Speed – 186.5 MPH (about 1 mph lower than the commercial)
Total Distance – 355.4 Yards (8 yards higher than the commercial)
And here, you can see that from two years ago, although Johnson’s numbers were actually higher than they are now in club and ball speed, his total distance 8 yards longer.
So, nearly a club longer with reduced club and ball speed – it could simply be different conditions, but if you’re taking algorithm-produced numbers, it would indicate that Johnson is enjoying some increased ball technology (you can’t increase the numbers with the club itself, as they are regulated and have been for some time).