The Effect of Technology on Handicaps

Basketball players, runners, swimmers and divers to name but a few are stronger and more powerful than ever. If you look at the scores or times posted in these sports it is clear that these athletes are faster and more powerful with better training techniques at their disposal.

In golf, we often look to technological advances to “save us”. We think we can buy a better game! Although advances in technology are dramatic and notwithstanding the fact that critical elements to peak performance include custom fitted clubs, best ball, apparel etc, to purchase this technology without implementing a golf fitness programme is like buying the high performance race car and fuelling it with mud!!

The 1995 Golfer’s Handbook reveals the following…..

  • The US Masters Championship was won in 1939 with a winning score of 279
  • In 1994, 55 years later, the US Masters Championship was won with the same score of 279
  • In 1958 the US PGA Championship was won with a score of 276
  • The same tournament 34 years later in 1992 was won with a similar score of 278
  • The Scottish Professional Championship was won in 1960 with a score of 278
  • The Scottish Professional Championship winning score 34 year later was 281

 “Fifteen years ago the average American male golfer’s handicap was 16.2. The average female golfer’s handicap was 29. TODAY, the average American golfer’s handicap is 16.2 and the average female golfer’s handicap is 29!” Bob Rotella

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In summary, golfer’s handicaps have remained unchanged despite technological advances. It seems obvious that golfers need to access more than what they have in their bags – their bodies!

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