Blueprint for the Perfect Golfer

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Blueprint for the Perfect Golfer
"Iron Byron" swing machine, c/o

A few years ago—in his Short Game BibleDave Pelz put together his composite of the perfect golfer. For Pelz, the following players exemplify the various constituent parts of the ideal golfer, historically speaking:

  • Driving and fairway woods (power game): Greg Norman, Tiger Woods, Colin Montgomerie.
  • Shots of longer than 100 yards to the green (power game): Steve Elkington, Ben Hogan, Moe Norman.
  • Wedge shots inside 100 yards (short game): Tom Kite, Tom Watson, David Duval.
  • Trouble shots (from sand, bad lies, trees, high rough): Seve Ballesteros, Phil Mickelson, Jose Maria Olazabal.
  • Chipping (short game): Paul Azinger, Raymond Floyd, Payne Stewart.
  • Putting (putting game): Ben Crenshaw, Lee Janzen, George Archer.

Carrying out the same exercise using the present members of the PGA Tour, we’ll see if we can manufacture a rival for Pelz’s “Perfect Golfer.”

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