PGA TOUR - Driving Stats for 2009

Today's article is by Jaacob Bowden is a Professional Golfer who has hit an venue record 421-yard drive to win a Qualifier for the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championships. He has helped thousands of every day golfers hit their drives farther and shoot lower scores through his Swing Man Golf Online Training Community website. To find out more about how he can help you with your distance, visit Swing Man Golf today.

(Who had the Fastest Swing Speed?)

According to Dave Lancer, the Director of Information for the PGA Tour, Bubba Watson had this year's highest average swing speed according to Trackman with a speed of 123.24 mph (311.4 yards per measured drive). This is 0.01 faster than last year's highest average from J.B. Holmes.

Other interesting driving and distance stats include:

  • J.B. Holmes carried the ball the farthest of the tee at an average of 298.6 yards.
  • Charley Hoffman had the year's longest drive -- 467 yards on the first hole during the third round of the Valero Texas Open.
  • A total of 47 400-yard drives were recorded this year. Dustin Johnson had the most -- five.
  • Dustin Johnson was the only player to lead the field in driving distance and win a tournament in 2008 and he was again the only player to do so in 2009 when he won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
  • Robert Garrigus lead the Tour in driving distance at 312.0 yards per drive.

pga tour average distance

On the Nationwide Tour:

  • Won Joon Lee lead the Tour with an average of 312.7 yards per drive.
  • Blake Adams had the biggest single drive at 393 yards.

On the Champions Tour:

  • Steve Thomas lead the way with an average of 301.5 yard per drive.
  • Eduardo Romero had the longest drive at 379 yards.


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Bill Cameron October 5, 2010 at 12:38 pm

From what I understand with Jamie is that he is double jouinted in both wrists allowing his to achieve an amazing amount of coil and hinge that he can release incredibly fast.

He is nothing compared to Jack Hamm though, I mean that guy has 8 world records! I found I get 10 extra yards just by yelling “POW”.


Jacob December 7, 2009 at 4:24 pm

Just a little perspective for ya….I’m in the very bottom rung of professional long drivers. My SS average is in the low 130s and my BS average is in the low to mid 190s. The top guys in long drive have swing speeds approaching 150 mph and ball speeds near 220 mph.

On a side note…it is believed that Jamie Sadlowski is, in fact, not human.


mygolfspy December 8, 2009 at 8:47 am

I agree he is not human. He says his full rotation ice hoceky swing is what allows him to be able to do that.


Phana24JG December 9, 2009 at 11:54 am

I think I can solve your problem Jacob. It is obvious that just about everyone on the so-called “elite” golf forums like GolfWRX hit the ball well over 300 yards and play scratch golf. Stop wasting your time practicing and spend more time on “elite” golf forums. In no time, you will be up around 350 yards +++, and with a few hundred postings, should soon be in at least the quarterfinals.


Garry December 3, 2009 at 12:43 pm

I have the thing on videoi. Can’t see the ball is the problem and my had was a bit shaky.. It was cold during most of the week they held it.. That is a shin dig worth hitting every year. There are 20 of us that go each year. Great golf courses.. One called Coyote Springs.. out in the middle of nowhere NV is unbelievable.. and I do mean in the middle of nowhere

AND the LD contest is FREE to watch…


Garry December 3, 2009 at 12:30 pm

See if you can get tape of the trick shot artist this year also. He tees a ball up shoulder high. Holds the driver str8 out at a 45 degree angle like a front slash \ … hits the ball.. it goes out about 3-5 feet above the ground for a good 100 yrds them takes off and up like a jet fighter. Guy hit the ball 310 down the pipe on his knees. The guy had cancer real bad. Lot of surgery.. he is truely amazing


mygolfspy December 3, 2009 at 12:32 pm

Will do…there are a few of the guys that can do that so I am sure we can find something.


Garry December 3, 2009 at 8:50 am

you can go to you tube.. type in jamie sadlowski and all kinds of stuff comes up on him. the kid is flat amazing. I was sitting in ther stands with his next door neighbor. He was telling me he was on his scrable team.. on the par 5’s the longset iron they hit was a PW… 525 is the shortest hole he said


mygolfspy December 3, 2009 at 11:58 am

Yeah I have seen those…but I was thinking of getting some stuff maybe that no one has seen yet. I will contact them today and see what they have.


Jim December 3, 2009 at 7:45 am

I certainly enjoyed the article and found the stats interesting, but it was not what I expected. I expected something on the PGA Tour 2009 Swing Speeds, yet there is only one mentioned. The rest of the stats were driving distance. Just a minor point. Otherwise, keep up the good work.


mygolfspy December 3, 2009 at 11:57 am

Thanks Jim…glad you enjoyed the article. And I do see where you are coming from. Maybe we should have titles it differently.


Garry December 3, 2009 at 6:47 am

Christmas Day on ESPN they will be showing the World’s Long Drive Championships. They will have all the stats for each hitter. Wait until you see these guys stats on pounding the ball. Some of there swingspeeds are about as fast as the ball speed on a lot of Tour Players. I am really interested in seeing Jamie Sadlowski’s stats. You can tell by watching him hit the ball he is in another echelon of hitters.


mygolfspy December 3, 2009 at 8:37 am

We should get in touch with the guys over their and get some video for you guys of Jamie and some of the other big hitters.


Chris November 30, 2009 at 3:10 pm

Wow great stats I guess numbers never lie… just commentators. It’s always funny when someone tells you they average 125mph with their swngs yet only carry the ball 230 yards (you know who you are LOL). Bubba’s average ball speed is 184mph if his smash factor is 1.5 (which I imagine it is).


mygolfspy December 3, 2009 at 8:35 am

Glad you enjoyed this one Chris…if you have any other article ideas you would like us to cover let us know.


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