What Happens To Your Golf Game as You Age?


how much distance will I lose when I age

what about my 7-iron will my putting

actually get better as I get older these

are all questions without answers well

until Arcos since releasing its first

shot tracking system in 2014 Arcos has

become the leader in on course data

capture for amateurs what used to be

guesswork can now be quantified by the

amounts amount of data accumulated in

its system so where does that data come

from using sensors installed in the grip

of your club Arcos has tracked more than

70 million shots and Counting during

more than three-quarters of a million

rounds on golf courses in more than a

hundred and fifteen countries these

shots have been taken by players ranging

from middle schoolers to grandpas from

scratch players to beginners the

platform knows what club you're hitting

where you're hitting it from and how far

it travels it has also captured more

than 8.1 billion time-stamped geotag

data points on golfer behavior and 368

million GPS course mapping data points

leveraging that incredible data set

without question the richest in golf

were able to take deep dives to deliver

previously inaccessible insights to kick

off this series we're taking a closer

look at what golfers can expect from

their game as they grow older let's

begin with the simple truth no one is

going to age like bernhard langer the 59

year old German won his first pro title

in 1980 and is still earning major

championship victories on the Champions

Tour so what should you expect as you

age what changes will you see on the

course for good or bad you're gonna lose

distance no surprise here every 10 years

after you hit age 30 your 7-iron will

lose about 4 yards you're gonna hit more

fairways there's a clear correlation

between age and accuracy off the tee

your skills evolve approach shots begin

to save you more strokes and your putter

will win you more matches until you hit

60 the numbers predictably show the 60

plus aides bracket experiencing the most

severe drop-offs across the board you'll

play a lot more often what

we all hopefully can look forward to as

more leisure time especially after age

60 so ready to look into the future

driving stats one of our Kouzes core

tenets is identifying the true average

distance for a well hit shot with each

Club in your bag dubbed smart distance

this proprietary algorithm removes

outliers from the calculation be they

abnormally short flubs or punch shots or

long downhill downwind or cart path

bounce Arcos data shows the longest

hitters off the tee fall in the 21 to 30

age bracket with an average smart

distance of 258 yards with their driver

two decades later that smart distance is

down to 244 yards all hope isn't lost

for older players however players in the

60 plus age bracket may hit it 43 yards

shorter than their 21 to 30 year old

counterparts but they average 49%

fairways hit that's 10% higher than 21

to 30 year olds another way to look at

driving performance is through Arcos

Tour Analytics which uses an enhanced

version of The Strokes game model to

breakdown a player's handicap into five

facets driving approach chipping sand

and putting this analyzes every shot you

take and determines whether you got more

or less from that shot that you should

have after the round Arcos takes all of

the data and benchmarks your performance

against how players of different skill

levels typically perform and generates a

handicap level for each of the five

aspects of your game the top drive

handicap is in the 21 to 30 bracket with

a 13-point to average the next best

group is the 11 to 20 year old bracket

with the 13.5 driving handicap 7-iron

smart distance focusing on seven irons

the 21 to 30 year old bracket smart

distance is a hundred and sixty-four

yards again it's not news that you'll

likely lose distance as you age but we

can zero in on precisely how many yards

players can expect to lose in each age

range on average each bracket loses four

yards with those who are 60 plus have a

hundred and forty yard smart distance

with their 7-iron even though the older

age brackets are hitting it's shorter

their approach shot handicaps are

actually improving the best approach

shot handicap Falls in the 11 to 20 year

old bracket at 13 point zero the next

best is the 51 to 60 bracket coming in

at 13.8 coincidentally both age groups

have similar 7-iron smart distances at

152 and 151 yards putting handicap on

the greens the youngest Arcos users

perform best with the flat stick with

the putting handicap average of 10.1 the

11 to 20 age group has the lowest figure

by far that figure takes a big leap into

the 21 to 30 bracket our teenager is

less susceptible to nerves on the

putting green could their putting stats

take a dip as they strive for more

distance in their 20s those are areas

about which there will no doubt be

debate and we're excited to continue

analyzing the data and exploring

insights from other sources annual

rounds played even though your distance

will tail off there is major bright side

as you age you're gonna play a lot more


the average annual round count for an

Arcos user jumps from 19 in the 20 to 30

bracket all the way to 33 for the 60

plus bracket so while getting older

isn't necessarily fun you now at least

know what's coming as far as your golf

game goes so what would you like to know

if you have a topic suggestion or

question you'd like explored as we

continue this series leave a comment or

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