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Thursday, October 25, 2012
PGA Tour Players On The Best Driver On Tour
an entertaining video of PGA Tour players answering who is the best driver of
Most of the answers line
up with my metric Driving Effectiveness. Here are the current top-10 players in
1. Bubba Watson 2. Rory McIlroy 3.
Hunter Mahan 4. Charlie Beljan 5. Boo Weekley 6. Jason Dufner 7.
John Rollins 8. Graeme McDowell 9. Graham DeLaet 10. Keegan
A few things I disagree with are:
- Using the Tour's
'Total Driving' metric is flawed because of the way the 'formula' is designed
(adding the rankings instead of looking at the actual numbers) and it doesn't
account for how bad the player's miss is when they miss the fairway. My Driving
Effectiveness metric is a proprietary formula that utilizes the actual numbers
of the player's driving distance, fairway percentage and average distance to
edge of fairway.
That being said, Bill Haas' pick of Charles Warren
(which Haas based off of Warren's Total Driving on Tour) is an excellent pick.
When Warren has been on the PGA Tour, he's been consistently in the top-10 in my
Driving Effectiveness ranking.
He not only hits it accurately and
precisely, but with great power. And he's rather small in stature, which amazes
me that swing instructors rarely have his swing on video while you can find the
golf swing of Stuart Appleby on YouTube with ease. Appleby is at best an average
driver of the ball (and a below average total ballstriker).
it short but accurately does not make a golfer effective off the tee,
particularly against the rest of the Tour. While Brian Gay has had some
effective years driving the ball, he's currently 167th in Driving Effectiveness
on Tour. Even if he's hitting the most fairways and having the best distance to
the edge of the fairway, he can still be less effective than a Boo Weekley who
hits it 30 yards further and hits less fairways and has a greater distance to
the edge of the fairway.
According to my metrics, the best short hitting
drivers of the ball on Tour are:
Graeme McDowell Heath
Slocum Jim Furyk
Personally, I would rank these players as the
best drivers on Tour. This is based on the metrics along with the types of
players I think can carry their driving prowess into the toughest courses in the
Boo Weekley Rory McIlroy Hunter Mahan Jason
Dufner John Rollins Graeme McDowell Keegan Bradley Bo Van
Pelt Kevin Stadler John