PGA Tour Stat Expanding to Better Analyze Player Performance

PGA Tour Stat Expanding to Better Analyze Player Performance

Name a sport that relies on statistics for every part of the game, and golf should definitely be somewhere on the list. It is a game filled with numbers and data so players can better understand their performance, strengths and weaknesses. For more than 20 years, players are analyzing this data to know their driving distance, their earnings, and their scoring average. To further break down the statistics and allow players to have even more data at their fingertips, the PGA Tour expanded one of their important statistics into three separate components to provide a holistic modern approach to their data gathering.

Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green Expansion

On June 1st, the PGA Tour took a step in increasing the amount of data used to gauge a player’s non-putting performance. The Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green statistic was used to compare the player’s performance to the rest of the competition out on the field to track proficiency based on distance for every green. Now, under this category will be three main statistic components: Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee, Strokes Gained: Approach-the-Green and Strokes Gained: Around-the-Green.

Off-the-Tee

This category will show data for par 4-hole and par 5-hole tee shots. When a player is involved in events and season-level play, they will be able to determine their average strokes gained per round that will be compared to their competitions. This measurement is figured out by adding together all total strokes gained and total strokes lost off the tee, and then dividing this amount by the number of rounds the player has played.

Approach-the-Green

This component will track the tee shot for a par 3 hole, as well as the first shot that immediately follows the tee shot made on the par 4 hole and par 5 hole.  As with the Off-the-Tee category, statistics for season-level and event games will be gathered by adding together all strokes that are gained or lost when a player approaches the green, and then the number will be divided by the number of played rounds. The player will then be able to figure out the average strokes gained per round.

Around-the-Green

For the Around-the-Green data, every non-green shot, which is within 30 yards of the edge of the green, will be measured. All strokes a player gained or lost around the green is added together. Then this number is divided by the number of rounds that have been played to determine average strokes gained per round to create season-level and event statistics.

Providing more analytical information to the sport is a worthy endeavor for the PGA Tour. By breaking up the Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green statistics, people can gain greater clarity into player performance and success.

 

Get Proper Spacing with the Right Wedge Lofts

Get Proper Spacing with the Right Wedge Lofts

Every year, golf manufacturers are rolling out the latest line of irons with advanced, state-of-the-art technology for improved lofts. Of course, we are picking up a wide range of short irons so we have the perfect collection in our bags. Yet yardage gaps play an important role on the types of clubs we purchase, and our wedge lofts may be to blame for our inconsistent distance shots on the golf course.

Proper Spacing Desired for the Right Yardage Gaps

Your clubs should not all offer the same yardage. You want to have yardage gaps between your wedges and your short irons so you have a range of distances that can help you get the ball closer to the hole with less swings. To create more distance consistency, you have to pay attention to the wedges that you already own and what wedges you should have to have the best yardage gaps. Some basic advice to take note about when getting the right wedges:

Figure out Your Pitching Wedge Loft

With your pitching wedge, you want to have it match your set and then have several more wedges along with your gap wedge to have the proper spacing. So if you know your pitching wedge loft is 45 degrees, you will want to have about two to three more wedges in your bag. Each one should have a loft that has a 4-degree to 5-degree loft distance between the next wedge. So along with the 45-degree pitching wedge, you will probably have a 50-degree gap wedge, a 54-degree sand wedge and a 58-degree lob wedge.

Take into Account the Number of Clubs in Your Bag

You can legally carry up to 14 clubs in your bag that will be used throughout your game. So if you have 10 clubs in your bag, which includes your putter and your 9-iron, you can have four more that are wedges. This tactic will allow you to have all the clubs you could possibly need in your bag and the wedge angles that can fill in so you can increase your distance consistency.

Consider Getting a Wedge Fitting

If you are getting fitted for your irons by a professional fitter, then you should also get a wedge fitting in at the same time. This method will allow you to get the right wedges for the yardage gaps since you will already know what irons are best for your skills. Then you can hit the course with a full set of clubs that are just right for your game play. You will also see more productive short shots that will get your ball closer to the hole.

One Putting Mistake You Will Be Surprised to Learn That You Are Doing Right Now

One Putting Mistake You Will Be Surprised to Learn That You Are Doing Right Now

You just had a great game of golf with your buddies. You are at the last hole. You have your putter in your hands, ready to strike the ball and sink this last hole so you come out as the winner. You approach the ball, take your stance, and make your swing.

The putter head glances the ball. Like a game of ping pong, the golf ball goes hopping away toward the hole. It seems like it is on course, yet everyone can tell that there is a lack of control. There is no telling where the ball plans to end up. The ball goes wide and misses.

You want to scream yet your golfing etiquette kicks in. Instead, you congratulate your friends then sulk to yourself during the walk back to the clubhouse. Your friends are sympathetic. They give their golf opinions while repeating that you have to hit up on the ball with the putter head to sink the ball. While you want to argue that you have been doing that with hit or miss results, you vow to try harder the next time.

The Putting Lie We Have Been Accepting

Hitting up on the ball has become such a common response to bad golf putting that it has almost turned into a golden rule. Lift your putter head to make the ball bounce to the hole. Yet this is definitely one piece of putting advice that must be laid to rest for what it is: a lie.

Throughout our whole game of golf, we are told to strike the ball at the center of the club face. No matter which iron or wood or hybrid type of club you are using. You hit the ball at the center so you have more control of where the ball is going to go and more consistent results.

So why are you deliberately hitting up on the ball with the bottom of your putter head when you want the ball to roll forward toward the hole? You lose control on where you want the ball to go when it is bouncing as you might end up with more glancing strikes.

Instead, approach the ball with the putter head kept low. While the putter head will pull up naturally during the swing, you will strike the ball more at the face of the putter. You will watch as your ball rolls in the desired direction with the right amount of force so you get a better result.

Avoid this common putting mistake the next time at the golf course. It might be hard to break this bad habit at first. Yet with more practice, you will see how hitting the ball at the center of the putter head when you have the putter low will lead to having more control of the ball.

The Benefits of Walking the Golf Course

The Benefits of Walking on the Golf Course

It is incredible how many people during this day and age are keeping track of the number of miles and steps they take from the time they wake up in the morning to the time when they go to bed at night. They are using digital fitness trackers and pedometers that clip to belts, wrists and waists. By tracking their steps and miles that have been walked, they can figure out how many calories they have burned to stay in shape and promote better health.

Consider Walking on a Golf Course to Stay in Shape

While people are using these activity trackers to count their steps everywhere, they are placing these items away and instead using a riding cart at the golf course when playing an 18-hole game. This circumstance is a shame because walking on the golf course can give a wide range of benefits to golfers.

On average, a person will walk 5 miles to 6 miles on a typical golf course. They can even reach 10,000 steps if they just play the first 9 holes. Research provided by the World Golf Foundation has found that walking the course can burn up to 2,000 calories as this figure exceeds the amount of recommended exercise suggested by most physicians.

Another amazing fact is that walking the golf game has the same cardio benefits as you would gain when participating in aerobic exercises. You are burning more calories on the golf course than you would when participating in over 2 hours of strength training, jogging or aerobic activities.

Seeing What the Golf Course Truly Offers

Besides the health benefits of walking along the golf course, you will also have the opportunity of seeing sights that are absolutely breathtaking in such a pristine environment. There are golf courses where the terrain can leave you stunned at its overabundant beauty, as it is suggested that golfers leave the cart behind and instead breathe in the smells and take in the scenic views. Some golf courses where you should take a stroll can include The Old Course at Saint Andrews, Pacific Dunes, Pebble Beach and Royal County Down — to name a few.

Many golf course designs are truly feats of engineering, and should be appreciated by everyone who steps up to the tee. Getting out of the cart and seeing what lies along the rolling hills and hidden beyond the bunkers can leave many golfers surprised and awed.

Consider These Advantages of Walking to the Golf Tees

Stay in shape and enjoy the golf course even more by skipping the golf cart and instead walking to each hole. You may even find your golf game improved significantly along with your health.