The Ladies Can Bomb it Too
On the PGA Tour, all the fuss week in and week out seems to be about how far some of the guys can bomb it off the tee. Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy—these are all guys that can hit it a mile. But don’t be fooled into thinking that the LPGA Tour doesn’t have a few long hitters of their own. Hitting the golf ball a long way off the tee is definitely an advantage, and the correlation between added distance and lower scores is as evident on the LPGA Tour is it on the PGA. The driving distance leaders on the LPGA Tour can hit it just about as far as an average male player on any given day. In order to establish just how impressive these girls can drive the ball let’s take a look at who hits it the furthest, what golf ball do they use, and at how they stack up against the guys on the PGA Tour.
2018 LPGA Tour Average Driving Distance Top 10:
- Yani Tseng - 276.1 yards
- Maude-Aimee Leblanc - 275.9 yards
- Lexi Thompson - 274.1 yards
- Sung Hyun Park - 273.1 yards
- Angel Yin - 272.3 yards
- Brooke Henderson - 271.2 yards
- Brittany Lincicome - 270.9 yards
- Jessica Korda - 270.4 yards
- Madelene Sagstrom - 269.5 yards
- Ariya Jutanugarn - 269 yards
The driving distance leaders on the LPGA Tour includes a number of well-known names. Three of these players are currently in the top 10 of the 2018 money list, three are ranked within the top 10 of the Rolex world rankings, and among them, they have racked in 6 victories on the LPGA Tour in 2018. The latest of these victories being Ariya Jutanugarn’s win at the 2018 US Women’s Open. The numbers speak for themselves, being able to bomb it off the tee is without a doubt a huge advantage to have over your fellow competitors.
In order to maximize distance off the tee, it is very important to play with the best equipment on the market. There has been a lot of talk about the longest and best drivers to use, but at the end of the day, it is even more important to play with a good golf ball that fits your swing speed. The longest hitters in the women’s game all play with premium golf balls that are designed with both distance and feel in mind. Here is a breakdown of which golf balls are used by the 10 longest hitters on the LPGA Tour:
- Titleist Pro V1 - Korda and Henderson
- Titleist Pro V1X - Park, Jutanugarn, Leblanc, Yin and Lincicome
- Callaway 2018 Chrome Soft - Tseng and Sagstrom
- Bridgestone Tour B X - Thompson
The Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1X seem to be the popular choice as is the case on most major tours. Titleist makes high-quality golf balls year in and year out; they aren’t known as the number one ball in golf over the past 70 years for nothing.
LPGA Driving Distance vs PGA Driving Distance
It is no secret that the best men's players on the PGA Tour drive the golf ball extremely long distances. The 10 longest hitters on the PGA Tour all have a driving distance average above 310 yards. Three of the world’s top 10 male players are ranked within the top 10 in driving average and among these 10 guys they have won 8 PGA Tour events in 2018. In comparison on the LPGA Tour, there are also three players in the top 10 of both the average driving distance stat and the official world golf rankings. The top 10 PGA long hitters have accumulated 2 more victories in 2018 compared to the LPGA long hitters.
Yani Tseng, the current leader of the average distance category on the LPGA Tour would rank 206th in driving distance on the PGA Tour. On average Tseng hits the ball further than Jim Furyk who is 207th in driving distance on the PGA Tour. Furyk is not only a major winner but he is also one of the best golfers of the last two decades. The guys on the PGA Tour do hit the golf ball a long way, but the women on the LPGA Tour are just as impressive.
Brittany Lincicome who is renowned for being one of the longest hitters on the LPGA Tour will be competing on a sponsor’s exemption at the 2018 Barbasol Championship (July, 19 - 22) on the PGA Tour. Her participation will be a showcase of just how long the best female players in the game can drive the ball in comparison to the guys on the PGA Tour. Golf is a game that is always transforming and the limits of how far the golf ball can be hit get pushed on a daily basis. The long hitters on the LPGA Tour also hit the ball a country mile and they will be able to hold their own from a driving distance perspective against some of the best golfers to ever play this game. You'll see it firsthand when Brittany tees it up in July.