I’ve been using GameGolf for more than a year now. As a golf stats freak like me, I find it as great device. It tracks my scores, how far I hit my clubs, and enable me to relive my glorious moment of winning a hole by a great birdie, or a heart-breaking debacle on last hole.
Now I find another feature from GameGolf which helps to spot my weakness on my game. Although it’s hardly surprising, from GameGolf stats, I found that putting is still the area I need to improve relatively to others – Off the Tee, Approach or my Short Game. As shown in the picture above, compared to a 5-Handicap golfers who also recorded their golf round in GameGolf, I lost stroke in all aspects, but mostly in Putting, where I lost 3 strokes compared to them.
How they calculate this Strokes Gained stats?
From GameGolf website, here is the explanation:
The Strokes Gained Overview shows a breakdown of where you are losing (or gaining) strokes in the four major categories (Off the Tee, Approach, Short Game, Putting) compared to a baseline of group of golfers (can be a Tour Pro, Scratch golfers, or any Handicap golfers)
Definition of Categories:
Off the Tee: First shot on all Par 4 and Par 5 holes.
Approach: All shots over 100 yards/meters away from the hole that aren’t par 4 or 5 tee shots. This will include the first shot on par 3 holes.
Short Game: All shots within 100 yards/meters of the hole that aren’t on the green.
Putting: All shots on the green.
How we calculate strokes gained:
Strokes gained calculates how many strokes you gain (or lose) on each shot compared to how a baseline group (scratch golfers, PGA Tour Pros, etc.) performs from an identical position. The factors that determine your position are the distance away from the hole and the lie type (tee, fairway, rough, bunker, green) of the ball.
For example, let’s say you are comparing yourself to a PGA Tour Pro for an 8-foot putt. The PGA Tour Pros average 1.5 strokes to hole out from 8 feet (approximately 50% 1-putt, 50% 2-putt, and virtually 0% 3-putt). Therefore, if you hole out the 8-foot putt, you GAIN 0.5 strokes compared to the Tour Pro. However, if you 2-putt the 8-foot putt, then you LOSE 0.5 strokes compared to the Tour Pro.
The same methodology can be applied to any combination of distance away from the hole and lie type.
Using our extensive database, we are able to create the scratch golfer baseline for every position on the golf course, which is used for calculating your strokes gained. Finally, after categorizing your shots we take your average strokes gained or lost and normalized it to represent an 18-hole round.
So there you go. It may be too complicated for those of you who are not fond of statistics. But for me, this is a revelation. The good thing from this feature is you can compare to number of group of golfers. So having fared poorly to the 5-Handicap golfers, then I tried to compare my stats to the golfers closer to my Handicap. I’m a 12, so I’m looking at 2 stats: 15-Handicap, and 10-Handicap.
Even against golfers with higher handicap than me, I still lost 1.26 strokes on putting to them! I clearly have advantage on everything else. Hmm…
And then, compared to 10-Handicap golfers, Putting is still my clear weakness. But I gained strokes on my approach (-1.31), which means I hit my iron shots > 100 meters from hole better than the golfers in this group. This is encouraging. Hence i know, if I can improve my putting, I’ll be below 10 Handicap, i.e. single handicap.
So that’s why last weekend, I purposely practice my putting on practice green at Pondok Indah Driving Range. Hope this is a beginning of a real improvement of my game. Have known my weakness and my strength, I can be more confident in laying out an improvement plan for my game. Let’s!