I know how much everyone loves golf stats. Many players live by them and others don’t give a care. Personally, I think that some stats are helpful and others are useless. And then there are a few stats that are in the middle; like the number of putts per round. This stat is miss leading and can easily draw you down the rabbit hole into the abyss.
I tracked my putting stats over the years and I found that when I am putting well, I score well. Poor putting generally results in a score not worth remembering. I asked this question earlier and here is what most players said:
My putting average over 20 rounds last year was 28.9. I fit into the 24% category. My best putting round was 23 and worst was 36. Interestingly, 28.9 putts a round means that I averaged 11 – 2 putts and 7 – one putts. This is not really a great stat in my mind; I would like to drop the 11 – 2 putts to 10 or 9. Just dropping 1 or 2 putts a round would do great for my scores, which in turn would drop my handicap by 1 or 2 points. It is all connected.
Moving forward, I have to figure out a way to improve my putting. Of course I will have to continue practicing; but more importantly I need to figure out if my process of putting needs to be improved. Or, do I need to work on my chipping so I have shorter putts to start with. Or, do I need to work on my course management skills to set up my approach shots better.
I am not exactly sure which area of my game I need to focus upon to improve my putting average. I do know that I will be examining everything before I make my plan for this upcoming season. Fixing my golf game is always a fun journey of discovery.
What are your thoughts on putts per round?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!