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Monday, April 11, 2005

Has golfing equipment improved scores? I was wondering about that over the weekend, as Tiger Woods, who won his fourth Masters, faced off against a field that included Jack Nicklaus who won his four Masters some time ago.
Comparing the winners since 1970 with the winners before 1970, it seems the average winning score in the latter term is about three shots below that of the initial term, 278.38 vs. 281.61.
And Woods vs. Nicklaus show far more disparity: Woods has won by an average of 9.25 shots fewer than Nicklaus did over each of the pair's four tournaments.
For one area where performance likely won't improve, see this Slate item on why baseball pitching velocity doesn't grow over time.