The R&A And The USGA Release 2018 Driving Distance Report
- Category: Inside Golf
- Published: 2019-01-29
The R&A and the USGA have released the 2018 Annual Driving Distance Report, containing driving-distance data from seven men’s and women’s professional golf tours around the world
29 January 2019, St Andrews, Scotland and Liberty Corner, N.J., USA:
This is the fourth annual distance report issued by the game’s governing bodies, completed in an effort to monitor current trends in driving distance.
The 2018 data show that driving distances on these seven tours increased by an average of 1.7 yards, beyond the previous year’s gain of more than 3 yards.
The full report summarises data provided by the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, PGA European Tour, Ladies’ European Tour, Japan Golf Tour, Web.com Tour, and PGA Tour Champions, based on available data at the time of publication.
Introduced in 2015, the report includes data starting with the 1968 PGA Tour season.
The R&A and the USGA continue to be diligent in studying the long-term effect of distance on the game of golf, a global focus first expressed in their Joint Statement of Principles delivered in 2002.