In their respective attempts to improve, The First Call readers share the numbers that they track to better understand their scorecard
Question of the week [Oct. 2-9]: What statistics — if any — do you track each golf round? And have you noticed improvement over time?
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For years, I've tracked fairways hit, greens in regulation, putts, birdies, pars, bogeys. From year to year, they tend to remain the same even though I've moved up a set of tees.
Index is plus or minus 1 from year to year.
I track greens in regulation and fairways hit. I just recently started doing this and have found that I can really see one of the reasons my score has not improved. Hitting the fairway gives me a better opportunity to hit the green. Missing the green almost guarantees a bogey unless I chip well. Hitting the green guarantees a shot at par. I'm not really sure if my scores are improving yet, but I'm feeling better about my game and that should help a lot.
I note fairway’s hit, greens in regulation and putts (and score).
San Francisco, California
I track putts per hole during every round, as well as sand saves. Yes, that habit helps me improve round-over-round.
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
I like to track total 3-putts, total putts and up-and-downs. I found that up-and-downs have the best (or worse) effect on my score since I know that I am going to hit just so few greens in regulation. A new putting routine given to me by my pro, and a lot of wedge practice has dramatically improved all three categories the past two years.
I keep track of the following for each round — fairways hit, greens in regulation, total putts and total feet of putts holed.
Trevor S. Nelko
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