Keeping On Stat Track
Monday December 12, 2011 at 5:56 pm
How many of you out there keep track of your stats as you play a round of golf? As a high school and college player I was always required to do so and at first it sounded daunting. I won’t lie; it took a while to get used to. Keeping detailed notes obviously slows you down at first, affecting pace of play and the rhythm of mental game. However, after a few rounds I found myself becoming more involved and tuned in to my stats. How many greens did I hit today compared to yesterday? How many putts did I sink? Did I miss the fairway more to the right or to the left? The list goes on…
With this information it becomes easier to identify patterns and areas in need of more attention during practice. After many years out of the college golf environment, I now neglect to keep a pen and stat sheet handy in my golf bag. Time on the range seems scattered as I try to pay equal amounts of attention towards all areas of the game, which inevitably ends in a wasted practice session.
Since playing golf well is much more fun than playing poorly, I decided to get back in the habit this past weekend. It was tough but I’m glad I did it. Way too many putts… hardly any greens hit in regulation… but I did keep it in the fairway most of the round. Next time I get out to practice I will concentrate on irons and putting instead of drivers and wedges.
Keeping track of stats isn’t for everyone. Some golfers do better with a general goal in mind. For others, paying attention to these detailed stats is a definite must. Do you write down stats at the end of each hole?