For most, the game of golf is measured by distance. Golfers select the tee they play based on the length of the course, as listed on the scorecard. Each hole has a tee plate denoting the distance to the hole, and sprinkler heads marked with yardages are littered all over the course as reminders of the distance yet to travel.
Golfers talk in yards, feet and inches, describing the length of their best drive, the proximity of their approach and the chagrin of a missed putt. Even the great Bobby Jones used a unit of measurement when he described the game as being played on a five-inch course, the distance between one’s ears.
Mike Tomas is a golfer, but one who measures the game by more than distance alone. As a master club fitter, Mike sees golf in terms of swing speed, angle of attack, set makeup, swing weight, shaft droop, shaft profile, loft, lie and dispersion rates. His evaluation of the game is far more precise than that of the average golfer; he talks in tenths of a degree,...