I asked a question the other day about possible scenarios when hitting the ball close. It was quickly obvious that I skewed the question so that most respondents would choose an improved greens in regulation stat than any of the other selections. It makes complete sense to me, but only after I had sent the question out into the world.
Looking at the questions, of course hitting my ball to within 2 inches from 150 would be the most popular choice. This shot means that most amateurs are guaranteed a birdie or at worst a par. Additionally, it likely improved their GIR stat (which is the most important in golf).
I have long been a proponent of the GIR stat. More and more I realizing that they do not ask you how, but how many at the end of the round. If I happen to shoot a low score, then we can discuss the how. But, until then, no one is really interested. To get to the ‘how’ conversation, I need to shoot a high GIR percentage. My score and this stat are directly related: high GIR, low score; and low GIR, high score.
Although my question was skewed, it did offer some insight that I need to stay focused on my GIR next spring. It is not the only stat I track, but it is one that has the largest impact on my overall game.
What is the most important stat you track that proves insight into your game?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!