Golfing is a strange game. When discussing approach shots on Twitter I asked where most players missed. I did not stipulate how far or with which club, but I still have over 100 responses. Given where I miss the most, I am not surprised by the feedback of the respondents.
As an amateur, I am a bit surprised that only 45% players hit the ball short. I would have thought that number to be a bit larger. Regardless, I suggest that if we clubbed up a bit and played more aggressively that this number would drop. It is an easy fix because it is just a matter of hitting the ball a bit farther. I know this is one aspect of my approach shots I need to work on…..constantly!
The next closest category is left. This one I am in complete agreement. As a right-handed player, pulling the ball off-line is nothing new. During my game though, I find that the distance between 40 and 75 yards is the worse. It is not a full swing and the more I try to lay off the swing, the more I pull it left. This happens with all my wedges and something I need to work on during my next few practice sessions.
Good approach shots and the GIR stat directly proportional. Greens in Regulation is a statistic that refers to the number of times during your round you are on the game putting for a birdie or eagle. The total percentage is calculated as follows: # of greens hit / 18 x 100 = GIR percentage. For example 12 / 18 / X 100 = 66.66%. The better the approach shot, the better chances of the ball landing on the green, thus a higher GIR. As I have stated in previous posts, the GIR stat is the most important. The higher the GIR, the lower the score.
Where do you miss your approach shots?
I am grateful golfer! See you on the links!