Revisiting My Golf Stat Collection

After one day of tracking my approach shot stat of distance and where I missed, I am calling Uncle. Yup, it was an eye opener and I realized that the amount of data I was going to collect was folly! I actually felt like I was drowning in information that really offered no substantial value….as I found out!

I played a stroke game with my friends Rick and Blair. It was during this round I decided to change the stats I wanted to collect as outline in my post a few days ago called: Changing Golf Stats To Measure GIR. I think my thought process was correct, but the execution proved my hypothesis was definitely wrong.

As you will recall, I was planning to capturing approach shot distances thinking that it would identify if I was having problems with a specific iron or distance. Well, after playing 18 holes I realize that this information was useless. I missed shots from 90 to 200 yards. I made shots from 90 to 200 yards. The distance had not impact how successful I was with my approach shots.

I missed the green on my approach shot 11 times. This seems to be about average lately, hence my reason to wanting to change my stat collection. As it turned out, I missed short 6 times, right 2 times, left 2 times, and long 1 time.

Obviously, I zeroed in on the 6 times I was short. Every time, I hit the ball poorly. Some were fat and the others were thin; overall, they were just poor swings. The one ball I hit long, I hit it very thing and sailed it over the green. The left and right misses were well struck, I just pushed or pulled my ball a bit. So, that was the gist of my 11 missed approach shots.

Have no fear, I am not discouraged. I am actually excited because I can focus on what the real challenge is: ball striking. I know this sounds really crazy because I shot a 4 over par 75, but I attribute my success to great scrambling and missing in play. So, my next steps will be stop worrying and keep my stat collection at a minimum. I want to thank my friend Andre that reminded my that “Can’t play your best if you’re worrying about anything about your game…just play”! Great advice and I am going forward with this with the following: fairways, GIR, putts and approach misses (L, R, S, Long).

I also want to thank everyone who offered suggestions on potential golf apps that would help with my quest. The discussions were very fruitful and I enjoyed reading and learning.

After one round, I have invoked my right to change my mind and adopt a new path. This quick change has happened before in my journey and I am not fussed. My approach is about playing better and finding the easy way to identify my challenge areas. As always, I think I am on a better path.

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

8 thoughts on “Revisiting My Golf Stat Collection

  1. I’m not surprised you think it a waste of time after just one day of recording. But that’s not how data works. It only becomes useful after you have lots of it. That said, I know trying to record everything yourself and play the game can become a test of where your attention goes. That’s never good for your game.

    I like your decision to improve your ball striking. I love the line drill for that but a tee or two works just as good at the range if you’re on the grass.

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      • I got in 6 holes between storms just now so I could try out the new putter on the greens. That went pretty much as expected. I need to work on distance control with it just like I thought.

        On the issue of ball striking, I tried something else today. I saw a video about a new training aid yesterday
        ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDh2H3BYPFg ) and decided I could do that without the aid. What the aid is is a piece of elastic material you put both your arms through and it keeps you connected throughout the swing. I did it by keeping my arms rolled in (sorry I can’t explain it any better) and while my ball striking was a bit worse (as shown by my divots), every swing was dead on target. I think if I combine this with the line drill it’s going to lead to great things.

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  2. Maybe you can track which clubs come up short and from what distances. 150 and 7 iron is short. Or 150 7 iron is pin high. 190 yds 5 iron long, etc. Maybe that will help zero in on getting the ball to green. Just a thought.

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