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This data reveals stunning details about young Tiger Woods’ peak years

This data reveals stunning details about young Tiger Woods’ peak years
This data reveals stunning details about young Tiger Woods’ peak years

When players like Tiger Woods come along and dominate their chosen sport so utterly and completely, it’s not by accident. This is because through a combination of Supreme Talent and Supreme Skill, they discovered a specific and systematic advantage before anyone else. They figured out how to break up the game and let everyone rush to catch up.

For the young Tiger, his game-changing tactics came off the tee. At a time when many players valued technique and precision, Tiger’s distance was unfathomable. He was hitting corners in Augusta National’s par 5s when others were playing them as three-shot holes. And unlike then-tour distance leader John Daly, Tiger hit 69% of his fairways.

As I tweeted below, this mind-boggling combination of distance and accuracy launched an era of tiger-proof golf courses, as the game itself changed forever.

But the funny thing about Tiger doing all of this over 20 years ago is that we only have tiny snippets of the kind of data we’ve grown accustomed to nowadays. Tiger’s clubhead and ball speed weren’t clocked for every swing like they are now. At the beginning of his career, this type of data was not known at all.

That’s because the other day my colleague Will Irwin and I came across a fantastic article from the 1998 issue of Golf Digest (you can read the full Golf Digest archive for yourself here) that highlights the Tiger Woods’ launch, spin and ball speed as measured by Titleist in 1996.

The data itself can be found below, but a few things stand out to me:

Either way, you can check out the footage for yourself below and dive into the full archive here.

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. This data reveal of the stunning details on the years tip young Tiger Woods instruction

. data reveals stunning details young Tiger Woods peak years

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