Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Golf: Equipment Advances = Better Performance?

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Golf: Equipment Advances = Better Performance?

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Technologically golf equipment evolved tremendously during the past 25 years, but how much did performance variables change? This study's purpose was to determine degree of change in key components of the game of professional golf during those 25 years, and examine the relationship of those components to mean 18-hole score (MS). PGA statistics were collected for each fifth year, from 1980 to 2005, for: MS, driving distance (DD) driving accuracy (percent fairways hit; DA), percent greens in regulation (GIR), and putts per round (PPR). Analysis of variance tested for significant differences from year to year, and multiple regression developed explanatory models for MS for each of the 6 years of data. An alpha level of .05 was applied for all analyses. Significant decreases in MS occurred 1980-85, 1990-95, but not 1985-90, 1995-2000, or 2000-05. For DD only 1990-95 failed to produce a significant increase. DA increased significantly 1980-85, 1990-95, 2000-05, with nonsignificant decreases 1985-1990 and 1995-2000. GIR rose nonsignificantly 1980-85, nonsignificantly declined 1985-1990, increased significantly N 4 percentage points 1990-95, saw a nonsignificant reduction 1995-2000, and a significant decline 2000-05 to virtually the same as 1980. PPR steadily declined 1980-2005 by .74. Significant decreases were 1980-85, 1985-90, 1995-2000. Other intervals had nonsignificant declines. …

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