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Using LPGA trackman averages as a guide
I've been really working hard to improve at golf the last year or so. Through constant regular practice I've improved pretty significantly. My goal has been to improve consistency, which has mostly been a struggle with path and sequence. I'd like to start lessons again, but I work in a family business with older parents and I am trying to limit my risk to the greatest extent possible. So in lieu of lessons (and I don't really want to try virtual lessons), I've been looking at trackman averages to try to guide my progress.
Through a lot of hard work and determination, I've improved my backswing and sequence to the point that I'm making pretty consistent contact. So I can no longer access success with metrics like, did the ball get in the air, did it go more or less straight. My idea to use trackman stats came from the other night when I was hitting the ball a little fat. I was hitting balls in my dad's simulator, and I was swinging an 8i. I kept hitting ball after ball about 130-somethingish carry, and it would roll out to about 142. Now normally I doubt this would have sparked a debate, but I was hitting these balls just dead straight. On the simulator's range there is a sign at 150, and it looked like I was hitting these balls just right at the sign. I was complaining about hitting the ball fat, but my dad said that he, a single digit handicap, hits his 8i about 145 or so, and not straighter, so I should be happy with the result. And while I agree that I was experiencing better consistency than usual both in direction and distance, I don't think hitting the ball a little fat would work out as well off the turf.
So I looked at trackman averages. I think maybe 2017 PGA tour averages. They were swinging a 7i 90mph, 120 ball speed, and carrying 172. That's not helpful information as my 7i speed might be low 80s at best and my carry is about 30 yards shy of that number at best. Then I remember hearing someone talk about how amateur golfers should care more about what gear is being gamed on the LPGA because their swing speeds are more similar to our, and therefore, their equipment would be better suited to our game. So I looked at LPGA stats. They're swinging a 7i 76mph, 104 ball speed, 141 carry. I warmed up, and wasn't hitting fat that day (at least not like before). I pulled out my 7i and ended up with 83 club speed, 104 ball speed, and 148 carry (about 162 total if I recall). That's close to what I've seen from my numbers in the past. These are skytrak numbers, but they should be at least close to trackman. When I started looking at the numbers for different irons, I was basically seeing swing, ball speed, and carry numbers that were one club higher than LPGA averages. So my 7i stats looked like LPGA 6i stats. The trackman stats don't show the average loft of the equipment used, but that's still much closer than PGA stats, where my 7i info looked like their 9i info.
So my question is, can I use LPGA stats as a guide for my progress, or is there something I'm missing? I'm thinking that if I'm swinging a similarly lofted club at a similar speed, if my launch, carry, total numbers are similar, I'm probably pretty efficiently transferring energy to the ball. I know that looking at PGA info doesn't help me, because I can't get anywhere near their speed at any given loft. However, I'm only off the LPGA number by about one club, and depending on the strength of the loft of those clubs, maybe a little less or more. So at my current swing speed, it at least gives me some basis for where my numbers should be. Does that make sense? And what about if my speed increases some? If 7i PGA club speed is 90 and LPGA is 76, how does a golfer with a mid-80s club speed get a baseline?
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