By Sue Kim, BGGA Assistant Coach and former LPGA professional
Statistics are very important in golf, and it’s even more important to collect and analyze them regularly. Professionals looking to shave strokes off their game pay experts to collect and help them analyze the information. Statistics can not only help you identify the weaknesses in your game, but also your strengths which in turn can help you build confidence.
Properly analyzing your stats can not only help you to determine where to focus your practice time but help you strategically plan for the course based on what your strengths and weaknesses are. Often when looking at statistics people find that their strengths and weaknesses are different from their perception.
It’s best to gather the data and analyze it regularly to improve how you practice. This way you can identify trends and see how you are improving in the certain areas you have targeted. Don’t forget to look back each year to see and celebrate the improvements you’ve made.
- Fairway Hits
- Information on driving accuracy; hitting the fairway gives better chances to approach the green with a clean shot
- Greens in Regulation
- Information on birdie opportunities
- Up and Down Percentage
- Information on short game/mistake coverage
- Putts per Round
- Information on average number of putts per round
More advanced statistics that you can start to use as you become a better player are as follows.
- Location of missed shots
- Do they finish long, short, right or left and how much.
- 1st Putt Distance
- Information on accuracy of approach shots into the green. This is basically like tracking your proximity to the hole.
- Made Putt Distance
- Information on average distance of putts made to determine the putting distance to practice
- Par 3; Par 4; Par 5 Average
- Information on how course management needs to be improved
- Strokes Gained
- As for pros, strokes gained provides information on player versus the field which gives the player ideas of how other players compare. This information can correlate to players’ success compared to the field. Strokes gained can be used for ball striking (fairways and greens) as well as putting, etc.