Earlier in the year I decided to keep more detailed golf stats. I have kept stats in the past, but I was not very diligent about it. Starting nine games ago, I changed my focus to support my ongoing efforts to be a scratch golfer. I hope these core stats will help indicate where my future training sessions should focus.
Keeping stats is a very good way to point out potential challenges in our game. When creating a sample group of games, I believe it is important to keep the many variables as constant as possible. Therefore, during my games I used the following course set up:
- Roundel Glen Golf Course;
- 18 holes
- Blue Tees;
- 6549 yards;
- Played with at least one other player;
- Titleist Pro V1 golf ball; and
- Titleist 915 Driver 12 degrees, 915 3-wood 16 degrees, 915 3-hybrid 21 degrees, AP2 Irons, Titleist Vokey Wedges 52, 56, 60 degrees, and the same putter.
The stats I kept and the results (average per round) were:
- Score – 77.2
- Fairways hit – 63.5%
- Greens in Regulation – 44.5%
- Sand Saves 50%
- Scramble for Par 47%
- Putts – 29.3
During these nine games, my low score was 75 (twice) and my high score was 80 (3 times). I played during different times of the day and none were in the rain.
This is what I conclude from my stats:
GIR percentage is too low – fix – hit more 5 through 8 irons on the range. These are generally my approach irons, so more practice will ensure better control and contact on the course.
Putts – my goal is to putt on average 28 putts per round. This is an aggressive goal, but one I believe I can achieve – fix – putt more from the 8 to 12 foot distance. This distance will help save a few more putts, but also build confidence for the closer putts.
These two observations are enough for now. They are fairly straight forward, however the GIR was a bit surprising. I thought I was hitting more greens in regulation, but apparently this is not the case.
Well, I am off to practice!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!