Wow – Tiger Woods Last Year Vs Now – Ball Speed

I noticed the odd time that I saw Tiger Woods driving (with driver, not a 3 wood or iron) that I was either dreaming or he had dropped off drastically in ball speed, measuring in the low 170s mph, when he’d been topping 180 mph regularly last season.

When I went to check his average club and ball speed for this current season however, I was shocked by the degree of drop-off.

Here it is:

Ball Speed 2018


As you can see above, TW was in the top 20 in ball speed average last season, averaging 178.23 mph with a high of 182.32 and a low of 170.88, which are pretty solid numbers for a golfer at any age.

This season however, going into the Masters stretch, TW is 95th, close to 10 mph slower in ball speed and in Jordan Speith territory:

Ball Speed Average 2019


He’s actually averaging lower in speed average this season than his lowest recorded speed from last season and – even more noticeable – his top speed this year is nearly 10 mph slower than last year’s top number.


Now, he’s had a WD with a neck issue which he said was bothering him for a few weeks, so that could explain the drop-off, but I had noticed this ball speed decline nearly from his first event at the Hero World Challenge.

He’s recorded nearly half (19 to 42) of the drives that determined his average last year, so the 5% decline can’t really be put down to rust, since he was recording 180+ numbers right from the start of his ’17-’18 campaign.

Tiger Woods Drive – Farmers 2019


So the question is, has something happened to him that we don’t know, beyond the neck issue, or is he simply swinging easier off the tee?

Because if he’s swinging easier off the tee deliberately, that doesn’t explain how he’s had neck issues this season where he didn’t seem to, swinging a good deal harder last season.

Could be nothing, but I thought I’d share something that’s been on my mind of late when I watch his numbers on television.


Back Pain or Back Injury Swinging a Golf Club?

Lacking Power, Speed, Distance and or Consistency? 

Need A Swing That Is More Easily Maintained?


If You Answered “Yes” To Any Of The Above Questions, The Answer Is In The Formula For The Golf Swing:

“E = MCS” The Swing Video

4 thoughts on “Wow – Tiger Woods Last Year Vs Now – Ball Speed

  1. D. Moriarty

    I’d like to see him be competitive. I’d like to see him on the Champions Tour. I hate to say it, but I dont think we will see either. If we do see him on the CT, I have this feeling it will be painful to watch.

    I think what he needs is to hang out with John Daly for a week or two and loosen up. Maybe then he’ll realize that JD can still blow it past him with a bum knee, not in great shape (especially for his age) and without any back problems. He should’ve stopped and drank beers with JD all those years ago instead hitting the gym or the range. (Cant remember where he was headed, but we all have heard the story)

    1. D Watts Post author

      Throw some chicken wings in with that beer and I’ll be there with bells on! 😉

  2. Brandon

    needs to learn how to use that right hand and arm lever and he can get most of that loss back. i know his pivot needs work but i have seen guys who are not in the shape he is in, like Lee Comeaux, hit a ball with authority just firing the right side at the ball and hit it long. with his back issues, i don’t know if he will ever be able to pivot properly to maximize his power but there are a few things he can do to get some of it back. his swing looks so stiff and loopy.

    1. D Watts Post author

      It looks like that because of the planted-heel pivot. I can’t begin to describe the feeling when I watch that swing and think, “One of the greatest of all time…”

      Which he is, but he’ll always go down in my book as the worst-swinging all-time great of them all, whomever is on the list.

      All he has to do is un-glue that leading foot and let the hips turn freely. It really isn’t rocket science, it’s simple fundamental basic mechanics, for Pete’s sake.

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