Read the title again. What’s the difference? I believe there is. There may be no such thing as THE perfect swing, but there is certainly a limit to each of our physical and mental abilities. Our own personal limits are very hard to define, especially in golf, since there will always be missed putts, mis-hit shots, etc.
Over the past few years, it's become very easy to get your golf swing on video. There's no shortage of devices that can film video, espeically smart phones. The video quality from smartphones is typically very high, but it's not always the best for recording high-speed movements--like the golf swing.
The naked eye can see movements at up to 30 frames per second (fps), and that is the speed that most smartphones and cameras record video. This is great for slow moving objects, like your kids opening Christmas presents, but will cause any fast moving thing to be blurry in the video.
With the US Women's Open in my home state of Wisconsin this week, I was curious to compare statistics between the PGA Tour and the LPGA Tour. Some interesting things came up.
In the past, I had heard that the putting stats were much better on the PGA Tour vs the LPGA Tour, and this doesn't appear to be the case anymore. The increased competition and the growing number of very talented and young players on LPGA Tour have appeared to raised the level of play. But the players on the LPGA Tour continue to hit it straighter (more fairways and greens).
Count me among the many that have been influenced by Nassim Taleb’s books, The Black Swan, and Fooled by Randomness. And not surprisingly, I thought about how they can apply to your golf game. The subject of these books is randomness—how unusual things can happen that nobody has thought of, expected, or prepared for. These can be both good and bad. Past performance is not indicative of future results!
Since Keegan Bradley won the PGA Championship last fall using a belly putter (becoming the first to win a major using a longer-than-standard putter) there has been talk about whether these types of putters should be banned.
Over the years, I’ve seen players of all skill levels become obsessed with hitting the ball farther. And I can’t figure out why this is. PGA Tour stats continuously show no correlation between driving distance and scoring. As of this writing, of the current top 10 in PGA Driving Distance, only one shows up in the top 10 for scoring average. Every golfer says they want lower scores, but most continue to spend thousands on new equipment that promises a few extra yards, and practice greens all over are lonely, desolate places. A long drive does not guarantee a birdie.
It’s no secret that technology has greatly advanced in all aspects of golf—clubs, balls, agronomy and even shoes and apparel. It’s not surprising that golf instruction has also advanced in technology, and the website on which you’re reading this blog is an example of that. High speed video, sophisticated software models of swings, launch monitors, simulators, mobile apps and gadgets have all be used regularly by golf instructors. But how does this high-tech stuff help the average golfer who’s struggling to break 100?
Golf is a sport, right? Those who say it isn’t a sport, have no idea how much athleticism it takes to swing a club over 100mph (120+ for the elite players), and hit a very small ball into a very small hole that is a quarter mile away. Oh yeah, there are numerous obstacles in the way as well.