2 * 45 = 90 Glad your calculator app is working again. Mike said in the last 20 years. The 45 yards is since 1980:
The average of the Tour leader in driving distance has increased 45 yds since 1980, which is over 40 years.
Mike's point is that an untouchable 3 shot 600 yard par 5 is now routinely touchable in TWO shots.
Used to be 280(for a big hitter) plus 240, now it's 320, plus 290 3 wood.
I just watched Justin Rose hit 3 wood pin high on a 300 yard plus par 4 at The Players.
Many's the time driver was used by a Tour player off the deck from 250, now it's a 3 iron.
It doesn't matter why(se my previous detailed post)
As I said, the ship has sailed IMHO and I'm actually with you on this one Erik.
there's just hardley anyone left, and the few that are left(us old guys) probably don't want to lose 10% in their few remaining years playing against younger players
There's just too few elite players(or fans) who care or even played spinnier, smaller equipment.
It's as I said earlier, it's as if hickory was proposed in 1975(when I took up the game)-nobody was left to remember or care about equipment from the 20's or 30's.
WTF TOOK SO LONG
Seriously, WTF took so long, and now I see they're talking about 2026.
a joke, miles behind the curve,as they have always been on the distance issue, denying it(especially when it exploded in 2001-2005) until it was FAR TOO LATE for any of us to care anymore.
They just called the fire truck to clean up the (cold) ashes.