Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Golfing Better With A Statistical System

Middlefield GC, Oregon
   Some of us golfers that don't have much natural talent have to become crafty and try all the angles we can find to break 90, 80, and then shoot the elusive par round. This golfing statistical system I've created for myself I want to share with you in hopes it may help you shave some shots off the score card. Knowing your weaknesses and strengths can help you zero in on what you need to practice and lead to you playing better golf.

   First of all it's always best to play by the rules, no mulligans or kicking the ball out of trouble. Play the ball as it lies or if winter rules take your 6 inches no closer to the hole. Know your rules and you might as well stick to them cause it's the best way to measure your true ability as a golfer. If you know your pure ability out there on the course then you can work with this. So keeping an accurate score is necessary for this stat system to work.

   I have placed a video of my statistical system here in the article for you to see the pictures as I explain what the numbers mean. Most of the numbers you likely are aware people keep stats of, cause you hear them when watching pro golf. Yet, there are some unique stats I keep every round which are likely new to you. These have helped me evaluate the round with more depth.

   The first one is the check mark = chances gave self for par, the c=conversion of par, and B+ = clean up (one putts when first putt is bogey or worse). These are put into percentages by some relatively easy math you can figure out. For instance the number of holes had at least one putt for par divided by 18 holes = the % of holes check mark.

Middlefield GC, Oregon
   The second unique section of stats I began to keep last year is the zone. Being in the zone is playing to your goals. This is a sort of realistic look at what your ability is as of yet. Of course we would like to shoot par, but really shooting five over for 18 would feel nearly as good to me, as I'm about a 15 handicap at best right now. So to compute the zone stats go through the 18 holes and realistically place goals on each hole that you think are possible for your ability. Don't be too easy on yourself, your zone score should be a little better than your best round.

   So when you are shooting in the zone, then you are shooting within the goals you have already set for those holes. Maybe you get a bogey on a long par 4, if you allowed that hole to be a bogey hole, then you are still in the zone. So put the number of holes you shot within your goals and divide it with 18 and you'll get your % of holes you played in the zone. I like to put also how many holes I played in a row in the zone. Then there is the power zone, this is where you shot par or better on one hole or better. For the power zone I just put how many in a row I did. The zone is a fun way to track your progress as a golfer. If you start shooting 95% in the zone for instance, then you need to redo your zone goals to a lower score.

Middlefield GC, Oregon
   The video and picture will help you understand the rest. I failed to mention in the video that the 203yards was the average drive distance. This doesn't mean I used a driver on the hole, but it's the distance I shot off the tee on all the par four and fives. Because the course I was playing had so many shorter par 4's I use an iron a lot of times off the tee to avoid trouble. This doesn't mean I stay out of trouble always, but it helps when the driver has gone wild.

   I wanted to share this system to you to help you think of ways to become a better golfer besides just pounding the range day and night. If you are breaking 100 consistently, then you are hitting the ball well enough, so it's time to get mentally tough and know what your game is made of by the numbers. By knowing your stats you can evaluate your play while you are playing and the information helps you make adjustments and know what to do. It just makes you focus that much more and know your game, which will lead to you making the best out of your round.

   What you want to do while out on the course, is mark down the drive distance, circle the hole if a green in regulation, mark down your putts, fringe putts, penalty strokes,sand saves, par saves, fairways hit, and if you are in play after the drive. From these markings on your actual scorecard, you can then gather all the stats that I explained here and in the video. It will take some math and some time to compute it all, and you may do it differently than me, but taking the time to do this will give you time to reflect on the round and know how to prepare for the next round.

   I love to golf even if I can't do it as well as I hope sometimes. Every round I hit a shot that makes me feel like a professional. This keeps me dreaming, keeps me loving the game. I haven't been for awhile, but I'll be back out there again, scribbling in my scorecard, yep, God willing...  

Know The Rules:

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Here are a couple more article about golf I've written:

- Golfer's Corner

- How To Golf Better And Break 90

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