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How to Score Low

Posted by Tony on April 1, 2012 at 4:01 AM

Which aspects of your game matter most for achieving a low score? (And when I say low, I mean low… breaking par low). If you analyze the statistics of all the tournament winners for the year, in professional golf, the stats were amazingly consistent. Driving accuracy was, on average, only about 63%, which is basically 9 out of a possible 14 fairways. Driving distance was not 320 yards; it was on average about 280 yards. The stats become staggering when analyzing how many greens in regulation the players hit, how many putts per greens hit were averaged, how many putts per round were averaged, and how many times a player got up and down for par (Scrambling).

Tour winners on average hit about 70% of their greens in regulation which is about 13 out of a possible 18 greens per round. They averaged under 1.7 putts per green hit, averaged 28 putts per round, and finally got up and down 70% of the time for par. Those stats tell us that these players averaged 4.5 birdies per round and 1 bogey per round, with an average score of about 68 each day of the tournament. Staggering!

Hitting the ball a long distance is fun and quite sexy, but if you really want to score low you have to focus on hitting greens and making the putt when you have the opportunity. When you play,do whatever it takes to hit more greens in regulation. If you hit 14 or 15 greens in regulation, how bad could your score be? First and foremost you must work harder on learning how to read a putt. Most people’s putting stroke is good enough to putt well, but it is their initial read of the putt that can cause misses or even the dreaded three putt.

Finally, learn how to chip it to within at least five feet or closer when trying to get up and down; a five foot putt is easier to make than you think, especially if you have been working hard on your green reading skills.

The issue becomes being committed to those areas which can be tedious but very well worth the focus from a scoring perspective. Work hard on this in the off season and be ready for great scores in the spring and summer.

Tony

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