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The USGA and The R&A have published a research paper that reports important facts on driving distance in professional golf. Supporting data comes from seven major tours around the globe (PGA Tour, European Tour, Japan Golf Tour, Web.com tour, PGA Champions Tour, LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour), including PGA Tour data beginning in 1968. More detailed data is provided with regard to distance since 2003 on the PGA Tour (thanks to ShotLink, additional info is given) and the European Tour.

One of the key findings was that between 2003 and the end of the 2015 season, the average driving distance on four of the seven tours increased about 1%, or 0.2 yards per year.

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