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: