Here is some info about Sergio direct from the PGA TOUR statistics website (link here)
Sergio’s clubhead speed is 121mph! Well above the tour average of 114mph. His ball speed averages 175.5mph so he is quite efficient in turning club speed to ball speed. This can be measured in every shot, the ratio is termed smash factor.
LAUNCH & SPIN
A launch angle of 10.5 degrees puts him low on the list at 138th in tour – many launching it higher often at 13 or 14 degrees with driver. The video below contains many views of how high he hits driver.
His spin rate is the 6th highest on tour at 3096rpm! Considering Garcia is known for teeing it low (and commonly taking divots with his 3 and 5 wood) this spin rate is hardly surprising. Despite it perhaps being a slight hindrance in the wind and preventing him from his ultimate distance he leads the Total Driving category (a combination of distance and accuracy) . So he is doing ok!
Check out this wonderful collection of Sergio’s shots. Some just show a trace of the ball but many capture Sergio’s peak height and ball speed. It’s obvious how much he favours the fade though!
DON’T CHASE NUMBERS
Many top players have changed fundamentals of their swing which they have possessed for many years simply in the hope of a “better number” without relating it to their potential difference in score. You have to admire Garcia for sticking with what he knows, what feels natural and not chasing that potential yardage.
As we saw on Sunday night, getting it over 300 yards is no problem! A key factor here (not published by the tour but available for analysis on Trackman) is landing angle. Often we saw Sergio’s ball scamper on the fairway another 10 or 20 yards beyond Justin Rose. The low launch high spin combination is increasingly rare – but he makes it work!
ONE WAY MISS
A final statistic which caught my eye was his rank at 201st in left rough tendency. In layman’s terms this means a one way miss. He will basically look down every hole and not see the trouble on the right hand side. Knowing he plays a fade the majority of the time helps us understand his strategy around the course. A two way miss hinders confidence and decision making – it adds many more possibilities to every situation on the course. Often a players slide from form comes from this tendency when something changes in the swing.
I find it fascinating to watch protracer footage on Youtube and analyse the data behind the worlds best players. Often as a fan and as a coach we can get caught up in the style or hype surrounding a player at the peak of his powers.
But with Trackman we are afforded a direct and unbiased look at exactly what they are doing. If you want to hit it as far as Sergio you now know how fast your club head speed needs to be.
The most important thing you can do is get yourself measured. You cannot improve if you do not know what you do.
Have you reached your highest potential driving distance?
How much do you spin your driver?
Do you launch your irons at the correct height?
A final note worth mentioning is positive comparisons with elite players. Often we are left feeling hopeless after watching a Dustin Johnson drive or an Adam Scott iron. But a Trackman session might show up some numbers or aspects of your game that you have in common with tour players. This can be a great confidence builder.
Do you hit up on the ball with your driver like Mcilroy?
Do you have a good smash factor (like ALL tour players!)
Do you have a low launch angle on your wedges (like Steve Stricker?)
Book your session on Trackman to find out!