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Tracking my statistics to improve my scores

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Saturday, April 2nd, 2011
Categories: Golf InstructionHackersInstructionMiscellaneous

Back in 2005 or so I wrote a little program to track my golf stats in PHP. It has morphed over the years and is now quite robust. I’ve implemented that program into the profile system at my other site The Golf Space. TGS’s FREE Golf Stats system allows me to track all of my game like driving stats, putting stats, bets won, etc. It crunches stats for the latest round as well as compiles stats and handicap for multiple rounds.

Anatomy of a 78

Yesterday I played a great course here called Hidden Valley. I putted fairly well and drove it well. I really worked hard to score a 78, a mediocre round for me. So why didn’t I do better? There are two blaring stats in the round, which show me what I need to work on.

Ball Striking Putting Scoring:
Fairways Hit: 9/14 Total Putts: 31 Scoring Differential:
5.4
Fairway Percentage: 64% Putts Per Hole: 1.72 Pars: 8 (44%)
Driving Distance: 273.75 Putts Per GIR: 1.75 Birdies: 2 (11%)
Greens In Regulation 8 Zero Putts: 0 (0%) Eagles: 0 (0%)
Regulation Percentage 44% One Putts: 5 (28%) Bogeys: 8 (44%)
Two Putts: 13 (72%) Double Bogeys: 0 (0%)
Three Putts: 0 (0%) Others: 0 (0%)
Four Putts: 0 (0%) Saves 2/10 (20%)
Hidden Valley Country Club – Lakes Valley Course – April 1, 2011

The good news is that like I mentioned, my putting and driving is decent. The really bad news, and I knew this already, is that my greens in regulation is poor and my short game is awful.

I missed 10 greens and of those 10 times I saved par twice for 20%. If I convert that 20% to 60% I shoot 74. If I convert it to 100% (not really likely on a daily basis), I shoot 70.  I give away shots when I miss greens.

Knowing what to work on

Punching in my scores to a system like this is very useful, because it shows me what I need to work on.  My work needs to be hitting more greens and especially short game.  I need to get up and down more.

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