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Speed Demons on the PGA Tour: Top 5 Club Head Speeds Revealed

Who top the charts for club head speed on the PGA Tour? Paul Miller takes a look and finds out what driver the fastest players use whilst creating high speed.

 

Speed is always something of interest across most ball sports – whether it is bowling in cricket, pitching in baseball or serving in tennis. Interest in club head speed is no different for golfers.

In recent times speed in the golf swing has become more and more relevant as players search for extra distance. When looking at driving, an additional 1mph of club head speed equates to approximately 2.5 yards more distance.

But just like in cricket, baseball and tennis, speed does not mean the best nor guarantee victory. Nevertheless the fascination with speed is there and will remain.

As such, here are the Top 5 swing speeds on the PGA Tour – a few surprises and some notable absences.

Data has been taken from the PGA Tour website, which lists 180 players from the Tour.

Top 5 Club Head Speeds on the PGA Tour


1) Cameron Champ – 127.01 mph with the Ping G430 Max 10k Driver

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Cameron Champ is a 3 time winner on the PGA Tour – his last victory coming in 2021 at the 3M Open.

His choice of driver as he creates the fastest club head speed on the PGA Tour is the Ping G430 Max 10k Driver.

When reviewed by the NCG Team they gave it a 5 out of 5 rating and found it to be extremely forgiving, delivered good ball speeds and sent the ball high – making it an all round driver.

If you wish to try it for yourself check out the options below.

2) Kevin Dougherty – 126.88 mph with the TaylorMade Qi10 LS Driver

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Kevin Dougherty turned pro in 2014 and is yet to obtain a victory on the PGA Tour. He is currently ranked just inside the top 300 in the world.

His choice of driver as he generates 126.88 mph club head speed is the TaylorMade Qi10 LS.

When reviewed by the NCG Team this also got a 5 out of 5 rating and found it a great looking driver, powerful, forgiving, with off-centre hits performing better than any low-spin driver.

Options below if you would like to experience it for yourself.

3) Chris Gotterup – 125.21 mph with the TaylorMade SIM2 Driver

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Chris Gotterup turned pro in 2022 and has one victory under his belt. This came this year at the Myrtle Beach Classic where he averaged over 300 yards from the tee.

As well as the 1 victory he has had 3 top 10 and 2 top 5 finishes from his 29 pro starts.

His choice of driver is the older TaylorMade model, the SIM2.

The fact that he has stuck with the SIM2 must reflect he likes the mid launch, low spin and forgiveness experienced from this club.

As it is an older model this means there are some great deals to be had. Check out some of them below.

4) Gary Woodland – 124.6 mph with the Cobra Aerojet Driver

Gary Woodland has won 6 times as a professional, with the highlight being his win at the US Open in 2019.

Similar to Chris Gotterup, he currently opts to play the older model of his brand of choice. This being the Cobra Aerojet driver.

When reviewed by the NCG Team they gave it a 5 out of 5 rating and found it to provide great distance and tight dispersion

Once again, as it is an older model, there are some good deals about.

5) Min Woo Lee – 124.49 mph with the Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond S

Min Woo Lee turned professional in 2019 and has had 4 wins during his professional career – winning the Scottish Open in 2021.

Min Woo Lee’s Driver of choice is the new Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond S.

Though the NCG team did not review the Triple Diamond S they did get their hands on the Triple Diamond.

When reviewed by the NCG Team they gave it a 4.5 out of 5 rating and liked its blended sleek looks and raw power.

If you would like to get your hands on this great looking club check out the options below.

Big hitters who’ve missed out

You might have thought that some more familiar names might have featured in the Top 5.

Rory McIlroy comes in at number 7 averaging 123.45 mph with Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele and Wyndham Clark also making the Top 10. Scottie Scheffler comes in at 51, averaging 118.83 mph. They are all significantly faster than the average club head speed on tour which clocks in at 113mph.

Club Head Speeds: Summary

First up, looking at the Top 5 it demonstrates that picking a driver is not as simple as going for the latest model.

The only way you will know which suits you is to go and have a club fitting. Club fitting is not just for the low handicap golfers and so would recommend getting fitted irrespective of your handicap.

If you are not a member of a golf club then you can get free custom fitting at American Golf.

If the older models perform best and preferred, so be it, and will mean you will probably be able to save some money and seek out some decent deals.

As we all know, golf is far more than just hitting it a long way.

As Henry Cotton said, “Every shot counts. The three-foot putt is as important as the 300-yard drive.”

Yet the fascination with speed will no doubt persist, as will duff chips and three putting.

Paul Miller

Paul has been playing golf for around a fourth of a Century, whilst his time on this Earth is rapidly approaching half a Century!
During that time his handicap, on average, has gone down around half a shot a year and is currently at 8.
His general love of Sport included a time studying the Philosophy and Sociology of Sport.
In 2013 he co-authored a book chapter 'The good and bad of youth sport today'.
His passion for youth sport is equally matched in his role heading up the Buyer's Guides for National Club Golfer.
He wants to inform golfers what gear is the best whilst finding all the best golf deals so you can save money.
Since joining the equipment testing team at NCG he has become a hybrid convert and is ready to tell you to ditch the long irons if you want to hit more greens this season!
Paul uses a Cobra DarkSpeed Max driver, Callaway Ai Smoke hybrids, an Odyssey Ai-ONE Putter and a TaylorMade Tour Response golf ball.

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