Stats Part Two

I woke up this morning thinking about golf stats. Probably need to get out more but there’s something else I wanted to add (I got inspiration from Steady here).

An automatic game will give you the most accurate stats available. Conscious play always throws a mixed bag of results you way. You never know what you’re going to get and your stats (if you keep them) will never be meaningful.

So if you want to keep golf statistics then here’s what I reckon;

1. Learn to automate first so you get data that at least gives you the correct picture.

2. Realise that stats are numbers. They are not the full story. Don’t get too bogged down on the numbers. Playing the game is most important.

3. Short game will always be important no matter what anyone tells you. I think chipping could be the most important part of the game for all.

4. Stats will always be interesting. Fascinating to know how many times you make birdie on par three holes shorter than 150 metres.

5. The most important golf statistic is, “what score did you shoot?”. There’s no hiding from that one.

I think I’m numbered out for now.

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  • Steady

    Reply Reply December 4, 2009

    Hi Cam,
    the number at the end of the day is the most important stat. How true. Yet in
    order to get there( best possible score) playing auto is the vehicle that drives it not stats.
    The old saying goes ” you don’t draw pictures just a mumber on the score card.
    Or as my old man use to say ( who btw took it from sam snead i hink.).
    “mmmmm lets see 3 of those and one of those makes 4. What did you have?
    Man he use to get under my skin with that pyschology crap.. Due to the fact that I had hit the green in reg
    lip out a birdie putt or just tapped in for 2 putts. My dad was down the middle down the middle chip and putt. So it’s not how you got there but what score goes on the card.How is it done by playing golf not stats or swing.

  • Gregor

    Reply Reply December 5, 2009

    I kept stats for 5 years. They always told me to hit more greens or to get up & down more often. Didn’t tell me how to do it though

  • Cameron

    Reply Reply December 5, 2009

    @Steady: Sounds like your Dad really “played” golf. I bet he never kept track of how many greens he hit or how many putts he had. I like playing with guys that “get it” and understand how to maximise their potential.

    @Gregor: I hear you. HOW to improve is more important on WHAT to practise

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