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Drive for dough. PGA Tour golfers' tee shot functional accuracy, distance and hole score
Dept Hlth Sci, Univ Örebro, Örebro, Sweden.
Swedish School of Sport & Health Science, Stockholm (GIH), Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.
2014 (English)In: Journal of Sports Sciences, ISSN 0264-0414, E-ISSN 1466-447X, Vol. 32, no 5, p. 462-469Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A player's ability to score low is critical to the tournament outcome in golf. The relationships of round scores to fairways hit in regulation or striking distance on two holes per round have been investigated before with some disagreement. The purpose is therefore to examine the relationships of par-4 and par-5 hole scores to tee shot functional accuracy and distance, measured as lie of the ball and penalty, and striking distance or distance to the pin for the second shot. Such information is possible to collect without interviewing players. The best US Professional Golfers' Association Tour players' statistics during a season are used, provided by the Professional Golfers' Association Tour and ShotLink. Distance was measured with laser equipment. The results include significant (P<0.05) correlations between score and striking distance or distance to pin, when hitting rough but not fairway on par-4s and when hitting fairway and rough on par-5s. It is therefore relevant, for performance, to consider the type of fairway miss as well as the striking distance in relation to the par and length of the hole. The findings can be considered when making gap and needs profiles, and when making tactical decisions for tee shots on different types of holes.

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Abingdon: Taylor & Francis, 2014. Vol. 32, no 5, p. 462-469
Keywords [en]
striking distance, functional accuracy, score, PGA Tour, golf
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Sport and Fitness Sciences
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Sports Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-34627DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2013.832353ISI: 000331785200007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-34627DiVA, id: diva2:711113
Available from: 2014-04-09 Created: 2014-04-09 Last updated: 2018-06-05Bibliographically approved

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