How Far Did Laura Davies Hit The Ball?

Laura Davies hit the ball further than her contemporaries on tour and she still holds a LPGA record for her driving distance

How far did Laura Davies hit the ball? Laura Davies plays her tee shot on the 390-yard 5th hole during the third round of the Women's Open on the Old Course at Sunningdale Golf Club in 2001 GettyImages-1122020
Laura Davies plays her tee shot on the 390-yard 5th hole during the third round of the Women's Open of 2021 at the Old Course at Sunningdale
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How far did Laura Davies hit the ball?

Big-hitting Laura Davies has the most victories on the Ladies European Tour, with 45. She has also won 20 times on the LPGA Tour. She has won four Majors: the U.S. Women’s Open of 1987, the LPGA Championship of 1994 and 1996 and the du Maurier Classic of 1996.

She learnt to give the ball a hefty whack when she was growing up. She would play with her brother and his friends and, according to her own website, “soon learned that in order to keep up with them and have any chance of competing, she needed to hit the ball quite hard, a trait that was to become her hallmark.” Her mother would drop the pair of them off at the golf club in the morning on her way to work, and collect them in the evening on her way home.

Laura Davies turned pro in 1985, aged 21. She won the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit in 1985, 1986, 1992, 1996, 1999, 2004 and 2006. She was the LPGA Tour Money Winner in 1994. In 1996 she was both the LET Player of the Year and the LPGA Player of the Year.

The first year that the LPGA collected driving distance stats was in 1992 when Davies’ 258.87 yards was 20 yards longer than the next longest hitter, Juli Inkster. She topped the tour’s driving distances for the next four seasons as well when her figures were 254, 253.2, 265.6 and 262.6 yards respectively. No other golfer has topped this list in five seasons.

Even aged, 54, in 2018, Dame Laura was 28th on the LPGA driving stats, at just shy of 262 yards (Yani Tseng headed the list at 275 yards.) This distance served her well that season in the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open, held at Chicago Golf Club. She played the par fives in a cumulative 15-under par, and made two eagles on par 5s. Her final score was 16-under, enough for her to win by 10 strokes.

Roderick Easdale

Contributing Writer Golf courses and travel are Roderick’s particular interests and he was contributing editor for the first few years of the Golf Monthly Travel Supplement. He writes travel articles and general features for the magazine, travel supplement and website. He also compiles the magazine's crossword. He is a member of Trevose Golf & Country Club and has played golf in around two dozen countries. Cricket is his other main sporting love. He is the author of five books, four of which are still in print: The Novel Life of PG Wodehouse; The Don: Beyond Boundaries; Wally Hammond: Gentleman & Player and England’s Greatest Post-War All Rounder.