An important question for Tiger Woods’ return: Can he take better advantage of modern equipment?

As we ready for Tiger Woods’ return (again) to competitive golf, it is not an outrageous assumption that injury and time have robbed Woods of some clubhead speed. After all, Woods’ last full season in 2013 saw him average 118.3 miles per hour. In limited play in 2017, it was down to 113.85 m.p.h., a number he is more likely to return at. That equates to a distance loss of some eight to 10 yards, begging the question: How can Tiger keep up?

For starters, it’s not that 114 m.p.h. is slow. In fact, it’s the tour average. But 10 yards is 10 yards. Fortunately for Woods he has one thing going for him in his quest to regain any loss of distance: He’s a very inefficient driver of the golf ball.

Despite the endless hours pros spend getting “dialed in” to their equipment, not all players have reached their maximum efficiency off the tee, and Woods is a prime example.

A look at Tiger Woods’ average clubhead speed over the years.

Although hardly a measure of how good a driver of the ball a player is, distance

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