There is something that I am very passionate about at The DIY Golfer, and believe it or not, I didn’t care about this at all until my junior year of college golf.
And that topic is golf statistics.
You see, I’m a very analytical guy (as you can tell from the blog), but for some reason, keeping track of things is not my strongest quality.
If you have ever played competitive golf, you’ll know how the scoring system works. But for those who haven’t, let me fill you in real quick.
During a competitive round of golf, each player keeps another player’s score in the group, and at the end of the round, the entire group reviews the scorecards with each other and signs them. For example, if Ricky, Tiger, and Dustin are playing in a group, Ricky will keep Tiger’s score, Tiger will keep Dustin’s score, and Dustin will keep Ricky’s score. And at the end of the round, they will all sit down and review the scores for accuracy. So Ricky will read off all of Tiger’s scores to Tiger, and Tiger will speak up if there is a mismatch. If you are Dustin at the 2010 PGA Championship, reviewing your scorecard might make your heart sink.
So anyways… One of the problems I had throughout competitive golf was actually writing down my scores. I would get to hole 17 and realize that I had forgotten to write down not only my own scores for the last 8 holes, but also my playing partner’s scores. This usually ended with me walking over to my competitor and shamefully asking him to read off his scores for the last 8 holes so that I didn’t look like a fool when we got to the scoring tent.
As you can see, keeping track of things is tough for me. I couldn’t imagine trying to write down my statistics during a golf round.
But after each tournament (or casual) round, I would go through my round and write down all of my statistics (putts, GIR, fairways, up and downs, etc.) because my coach made me do it.
I did this throughout college, but it wasn’t until my junior year that I actually went back and looked at my stats. Until then, keeping stats was useless to me because I thought that I knew exactly what I needed to work on in my game.
But my junior year, I had to swallow a dose of reality. My scrambling percentage was 24%.
To put that in perspective, if you are dead last in the scrambling category on the PGA Tour, you’re still at 50% or better. In other words, if I missed 6 greens during a round (pretty typical for me), I was getting 1 or 2 of those up and down, while a professional would be getting 4-5 of them up and down.
And guess what???
I shot a lot of 73s, 74s, and 75s in college.
If my short game was as good as it needed to be, those rounds would have been 71s, 72s, and 73s, which is the difference between 40th place and 10th place in college golf.
Although this truth was partially revealed to me during my junior year of college, it wasn’t until after college that it really hit me.
Your golf statistics tell a story, and that story is usually painful (but helpful).
But if you swallow your pride and listen to that story, you will improve much faster than if you do what I did and ignore it for years.
And that is why I’m writing this email. I want everyone reading this to avoid my mistakes and get serious about tracking their golf statistics.
I’m so passionate about this that I built (yes, I personally built it–isn’t this site called the DIY golfer for a reason?) a golf statistics application so that you can track your statistics for FREE and analyze your game for FREE.
Most statistics apps cost money, but I wanted to create a solution that was easy to use and free because I believe that there shouldn’t be a barrier for golfer’s to track their statistics and start practicing the right parts of their game.
So please. I beg you for both your sake and my sake–start tracking your golf statistics today. After entering 5-10 rounds, you’ll know EXACTLY what you need to practice. And yes, I’ll still be here to help you with that part too.
But the best way that I can help golfers (especially over the internet) is by looking at their stats.
Stats don’t lie.