Statistics are helpful tools in every sport as they let players (both professional or amateurs) to gauge their present performance and to attempt to better their existing performances on the field. In the game of football, stats related to the number of goals, territorial domination etc are maintained. Similarly, golf putting statistics give a great deal of knowledge to a practicing golfer or a layman about the skills in each player, his/her major weaknesses and occurs, how well he/she is driving or putting. But readers must beware. Most often statistics in US or European Golf websites may just be a wide array of numbers which really mean very less and may just confuse the beginner greatly.
How Best to Use Golf Putting Statistics?
With research abounding the entire science of putting, it is imperative that players choose to become selective on which information to absorb and which to discard. Normally the putting statistics enumerate two kinds of information: putts per round and putting average (or putts per green as per regulation). In many cases, information regarding putts per round is given to the reader. One must be aware that it is only when a player continues to miss the greens and chips in from a shorter range would naturally start putting fro closer to the hole. The target to the player is to achieve a lower number of putts per round. Theses putting statistics are hence, misleading because the actual skills of the player do not get reflected here.
The other putting statistics as measured in putting average is a more reliable indicator. It eliminates the effects of close chipping in and also the one-putting. As theses stats are derived by studying 1500 greens, they truly indicate the true form of the golfer while putting. But there is a draw back in this method o f collecting the golf putting statistics. This stat is obtained after neglecting the ball’s initial proximity to the hole. An expert professional golfer tends to be more aggressive with his approach play is likely to cover shorter distance with his putts when compared to a cautious player who is less aggressive. Such a cautious player has cautious approach style and hence, longer putting distances. They would score less in the putting statistics. Thus, putting statistics based on putting average are unable to give an idea as to how long be the approach shot. Thus, the skills of the cautious player are not very evident in this form of statistics.
Analyzing Putting Statistics
While analyzing a player’s strengths and weaknesses, one should not base the ideas totally on putting stats. One must combine the putting stats with observation techniques of the coaches, swing analysis etc so that we have a better report on the player’s performances. Avoid using these stats alone.
One can maintain one’s own putting statistic and compare on and off to check if there are improvements in the game. Moreover, you can analyze the putting performance of top players to get a fair feedback and also feel confident in the game. Putting stats indicate that putts are 99% most successful in 2 ft putting distance, compared to 4-6% success rates in putting distance of 25 ft. this information is available with PGA Tour professionals. One can maintain own stat journal so as to gauge where one stands in the game of putting.