GIR is What Most Golfers Prefer

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!

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12 thoughts on “GIR is What Most Golfers Prefer

  1. GIR is the game. That and putting. The rest is either setting up or scrambling. Even though I blew the end of my game today, I managed 12 GIR’s, two birds and a sandy. And got to one of the par 5’s in two. I cut the corner over the water and that gave me a easy 6 iron to the green. No eagle though. The attempt didn’t turn in until just after the hole. It was a good putt from 25 feet. I missed the green off the tee on both the short pars 4 today too, but one only by inches on the longer one and the other more tricky one I chose a 3 iron instead of the driver. The wind was so strong and I was hitting the driver so well I was scared I might hit the house behind the green on that one and I’ve already bought one window there years ago. It was the right call for sure because I was about fifteen yards short with the 3 iron. So I would certainly have overshot if not been out more money for a window again. That corner window is the perfect target line for the hole. Lol

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    • Kevin,

      Sounds like the 3 iron was the play anyway for yesterday. However, a 3 wood would have got you there with some to spare. It is tough gauging a tail wind. You just never know how it is going to help the ball.

      Cheers Jim

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      • Your right about that. I decided on the 3 iron instead of the 3 wood because my most commom error with the 3 wood is a pull and a pull on that hole is death.

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  2. Hi Jim, I need to find the fairway off the tee, but playing mostly on a links course just one bounce in the wrong direction gets you off that coveted fairway. No fairway just about eliminates any chance of a green in regulation for me.

    Pete

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