Golf Is Evolving, Every Day, Every Shot
Tiger Woods Quote
Golf is evolving, every day, every shot; Tiger Woods talks tinkering technique and tailored technology as the sporting evolution cycle accelerates around the golf course
Many keen observers of golf claim that advances in equipment technology have led to driving the scorecards down with driver technology achieving greater distance off the tee it is easy to overlook the effect the professional players have had on the evolution of golf.
There have been many superstars of the fairway who introduced new methods to be adopted, Gary Player was one the first golfers to focus on diet and fitness, now even amateurs follow this doctrine.
Arnold Palmer became the first golfer to win the masters four times and influenced a slew of youngsters to take up golf.
Jack Nicklaus, arguably the greatest golfer of all time, brought mental steel to the tees and greens, his powers of concentration were legendary and so began an era of psychological coaching for players in many sports.
The Tiger Woods Era
No golfer in the history of the sport has done more for the advancement of golf than Tiger Woods.
The way he demolished courses with such ease with breaking records becoming the norm rather than the exception was phenomenal, this was a new age evolution of golf to a previously unseen level.
Even away from his trophy laden career there are some amazing statistics influenced by his rise to the then pinnacle of golf.
PGA Season Averages
- The number of pga players who averaged less than 71 never exceeded 100 until 2007
- From 1990 until 2006 the average number of players that scored less than 71 was 75
- From 2007 until 2015 the average number of players that scored less than 71 was 106
These are important statistics because 1990 to 2006 saw the introduction of high performance golf balls and titanium golf clubs but the average was considerably lower than the Tiger era.
Tiger Woods was the new level all professional golfers aspired to reach, such was the difference in standard there was a delay as existing pro's examined how to improve everything about their game and new players honed their skills to levels that had never before been set so high.
Youngsters who witnessed and were influenced by Tiger winning his first masters in 1997 were growing to maturity during the first decade of the 21st century and after styling themselves on Tiger the bar had been raised.
Tiger Woods was the catalyst in instigating a higher level of competition that brought about a mini acceleration of the evolution of golf in the 21st century.
The sums of money now involved in sponsorship deals and winnings is fuelling the evolution of golf every day and every shot as the goal of putting perfection and fairway driving enters a new era of improving technique and advancing technology.