Most players have a feeling about their golf game – “Consistent off the tee,” “Lousy chipper,” “Good putter,” etc. – but what are the FACTS? If we track some basic numbers during every round, our true golf game with all its strengths and weaknesses will come to light. (Annika Sorenstam did this for over 20 years.) There’s no better way to identify soft spots in our game, make a practice plan to improve them … and lower our scores!
Start with the Scorecard
Besides your score (!) some helpful golf stats to track are:
- Fairways hit
- Greens hit (in your regulation)
- Number of putts
On the scorecard simply use the lines provided for other players’ names to write in the above categories. On each hole: X if your drive hits the fairway, X if you hit the green, and record the number of putts.
Other stats worth recording include driving distance (easy with GPS) and number of bunker shots, pitches and chips
Record all your games
A notebook or spreadsheet will do the job.
How do you stack up?
Watch the progress of your numbers over time. It’s also fun to see how we stack up against others. Peter Sanders of Golf Research Associates has tracked thousands of rounds and offers these averages for a golfer with a 20 handicap playing 18 holes:
- 6 out of 14 fairways hit
- 4 out of 18 greens hit in regulation
- 34 putts