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Picture a large board with the image of a golf hole. As one moves from place to place, closer to the hole, they land on smaller down-in values. The bigger and more positive the jumps, the more strokes that are gained.
Example: An approach shot from 150 yards in the fairway carries a down-in value of 3.00 meaning that the average scratch golfer will hole out from there in 3 strokes. If the golfer hits the green with a 27-foot putt (the distance at which the down-in value is 2.00), the golfer’s strokes gained for his approach is 0.0 – he advanced a value of 1.0 position in 1 shot. The golfer has not gained or lost strokes with the approach.
The formula is: value start position – (value of finish position + strokes to get there). If the golfer were to have hit the approach from 150 yards in the fairway to 7-feet (down-in value 1.50), the golfer would have gained half a shot. 3.00 – (1.5 + 1) = +0.5.
This precise quantitative system of analysis has transformed the analysis of golf from a slightly educated guess into a certainty. We can now accurately determine a player’s true strengths and weaknesses as well as exactly why. This allows them to play to their strengths and focus on improving their weaknesses.
Next, we compile our Target Handicap Groups by grouping all the rounds in their scoring range. We run each Target through our scratch strokes gained model and determine the exact number of strokes that are being lost in each facet to the scratch player.
When any single player’s rounds are run against our scratch golfer database, we compare their strokes gained numbers to the averages of their Target Handicap. Strengths and weaknesses always stand out clearly.
- Driving – Tee shots on all par-4 and par-5 holes.
- Approach Shot – All attempts to hit the green from greater than 50 yards of the hole. (We do not consider driving attempts to hit the green on par-4 holes to be Approach Shots; they are still considered Drives.
- Chip/Pitch – All shots within 50 yards of the hole, excluding sand shots from the same yardage.
- Sand – All shots within 50 yards of the hole from a sand trap.
- Putting – All shots from the green
Simply be consistent. Make the determination before hitting the shot so as not to be influenced by the outcome. There is not a large difference between the two values, but if you were to consistently overstate the difficulty of the shots, for example, it will impact the accuracy of your analysis by hurting your driving and overstating your approach skill, and vice versa.
Further, it is the frequency and severity of mistakes that do more to influence a score than do all the good and average shots – at all levels, including on the PGA Tour. We should all be hitting the longest club off the tee that we can keep in play and avoid errors.
Similarly, the direction in which you miss fairway from a purely statistical standpoint is moot. Whether you are right or left of your intended target, there is little actionable bearing from a numbers perspective, which is why that statistical function has been removed.
The approach is the first attempt to actually hit green regardless of where it falls in the shot string. When going for the green in two, the second shot is the Approach, and should be recorded as such. The system is intelligent and will know based upon the shot selection that follows as well as the score for the hole what categories should be impacted beyond the Approach.
Example: Faced with a 255-yard shot from the fairway for your second shot on a par-5, if the golfer hits a club that has a chance to reach the green, 250+ yards should be entered as the Approach distance. Conversely, if the golfer selects a 5-iron for the second shot that couldn’t reasonably reach the putting surface, the third shot will be considered the Approach.
If you feel you will be better served from a game-improvement standpoint by counting first cut of rough off the tee as a fairway hit and a fringe hit a putting opportunity, so be it. If you prefer to go by the letter of the law — in the fairway/on the green or not — so be it. Your output will be impacted somewhat however you decide to enter your information.