Driver-Heavy Course Performance

One way to identify how a course sets up is to look at the average driver distance of the field. Some courses are loaded with doglegs or hazards that force you to club down off the tee (less-than-driver courses) but others are not restrictive vertically down the fairway. This lets bombers really unleash with the big stick and we consider these “driver-heavy courses.”

The easiest way to pinpoint a driver-heavy course is to look at the field average driving distance of all drives. Anything over 285 yards we will classify as a driver-heavy course. This number generally covers the top 10 highest driving distance courses each year.

Golfers must have 25 rounds on driver-heavy courses (since 2013-14 season) to qualify for these lists.

Top 25 Performers on Driver-Heavy Courses (since 2013-14)

Rory McIlroy (3.248 sg:total)
Dustin Johnson (2.791 sg:total)
Jason Day (2.63 sg:total)
Bubba Watson (2.523 sg:total)
Rickie Fowler (2.488 sg:total)
Adam Scott (2.421 sg:total)
Justin Rose (2.366 sg:total)
Sergio Garcia (2.29 sg:total)
Jordan Spieth (2.276 sg:total)
Jim Furyk (2.273 sg:total)
Henrik Stenson (2.221 sg:total)
Brooks Koepka (2.144 sg:total)
Matt Kuchar (2.133 sg:total)
Shane Lowry (2.13 sg:total)
Paul Casey (2.114 sg:total)
Brandt Snedeker (2.08 sg:total)
Charl Schwartzel (2 sg:total)
Hideki Matsuyama (1.951 sg:total)
Justin Thomas (1.898 sg:total)
Phil Mickelson (1.895 sg:total)
Billy Horschel (1.838 sg:total)
Jimmy Walker (1.8 sg:total)
Louis Oosthuizen (1.738 sg:total)
Harris English (1.733 sg:total)
Webb Simpson (1.694 sg:total)

Top 25 Driver-Heavy Specialists
(Driver-Heavy Performance vs. Expected Strokes Gained)

Max Homa (0.419 sg:driver-heavy vs. -0.575 sg:total)
Brian Gay (0.544 sg:driver-heavy vs. -0.259 sg:total)
Ollie Schniederjans (1.138 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.407 sg:total)
Hudson Swafford (1.343 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.658 sg:total)
Rod Pampling (0.823 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.199 sg:total)
Brandt Snedeker (2.08 sg:driver-heavy vs. 1.462 sg:total)
Smylie Kaufman (1.378 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.765 sg:total)
Shane Lowry (2.13 sg:driver-heavy vs. 1.529 sg:total)
Rickie Fowler (2.488 sg:driver-heavy vs. 1.908 sg:total)
Greg Owen (0.552 sg:driver-heavy vs. -0.019 sg:total)
Boo Weekley (0.954 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.385 sg:total)
Kyle Stanley (0.83 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.268 sg:total)
Billy Horschel (1.838 sg:driver-heavy vs. 1.289 sg:total)
Brett Stegmaier (1.019 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.473 sg:total)
Roberto Castro (1.04 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.499 sg:total)
Alex Cejka (1.279 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.739 sg:total)
Billy Hurley III (1.16 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.622 sg:total)
Tyrone Van Aswegen (0.708 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.179 sg:total)
John Peterson (0.731 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.22 sg:total)
Greg Chalmers (0.295 sg:driver-heavy vs. -0.213 sg:total)
John Rollins (0.024 sg:driver-heavy vs. -0.478 sg:total)
Lucas Glover (1.018 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.522 sg:total)
Jonathan Randolph (0.102 sg:driver-heavy vs. -0.366 sg:total)
Ernie Els (0.943 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.483 sg:total)
Harris English (1.733 sg:driver-heavy vs. 1.293 sg:total)

Top 25 Driver-Heavy Anti-Specialists
Driver-Heavy Performance vs. Expected Strokes Gained)

Bryce Molder (-0.459 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.695 sg:total)
Nicholas Thompson (-1.123 sg:driver-heavy vs. -0.186 sg:total)
Graeme McDowell (0.32 sg:driver-heavy vs. 1.204 sg:total)
Bud Cauley (-0.125 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.712 sg:total)
Padraig Harrington (-0.665 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.145 sg:total)
Tyler Aldridge (-0.633 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.171 sg:total)
Stuart Appleby (-0.289 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.474 sg:total)
Jonathan Byrd (-0.349 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.382 sg:total)
Jim Renner (-1.509 sg:driver-heavy vs. -0.899 sg:total)
Jason Dufner (0.663 sg:driver-heavy vs. 1.26 sg:total)
Cameron Smith (0.067 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.651 sg:total)
Kyle Reifers (0.136 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.695 sg:total)
Rory Sabbatini (-0.158 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.394 sg:total)
David Toms (0.084 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.604 sg:total)
Scott Langley (-0.089 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.419 sg:total)
Steve Stricker (0.99 sg:driver-heavy vs. 1.476 sg:total)
Scott Brown (0.119 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.603 sg:total)
Jon Curran (0.069 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.545 sg:total)
Davis Love III (-0.447 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.025 sg:total)
Blayne Barber (0.069 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.54 sg:total)
Erik Compton (-0.102 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.355 sg:total)
Pat Perez (0.423 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.871 sg:total)
Matt Every (-0.799 sg:driver-heavy vs. -0.365 sg:total)
Cameron Tringale (0.511 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.942 sg:total)
Jamie Donaldson (0.666 sg:driver-heavy vs. 1.074 sg:total)

Last Updated: January 20th, 2017