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I've been using TheGrint app on my iPhone for well over a year and today I decided to delve into my stats over the past 20 rounds to decipher where I should focus my practice sessions and golf lessons in the future. 

 

About me: 35, 5'9", 185 lbs. I hover between a 7 and 8 handicap. I have about 110-115 mph swing speed with a driver (using a Trackman with my local teaching pro). I used to play college baseball so I have tons of bad baseball swing habits that I've been working out for years.  

 

TheGrint keeps a wealth of stats that I want to break down here and get opinions on what might be the best way for me to reach the sub 5 handicap range. Below is my stats over the past 20 rounds (about 10 months).

 

Scoring

Handicap- 8.0

Avg. Score- 83.5

 

Putting Stats

Putts per round- 31.1

Putts per hole following GIR- 2.0

Putts per hole following Non-GIR-1.6

1 putts per round- 5.3

 

Driving Accuracy

Fairway Hit- 40%

Left- 27%

Right- 28%

 

Greens in Regulation

Total Gir- 30% 

Par 3's- 26%

Par 4's- 26%

Par 5's- 47%

 

Iron Accuracy (on par 3's)

Gir-23%

Under 125 yards - No data

125 to 150 yards- 40%

150 to 175 yards- 26%

175 to 200 yards- 0%

over 200 yards- 20%

 

Penalties

Total Penalties per round- 5.8

OoB- 2.6

Hazard- 2.3

 

Scrambling

Par Saves- 41%

Sand Saves- 27%

Bogey Saves- 21%

Putts per hole after Sand- 1.7

Putts per hole on Par Save- 1.6

Putts per hole on Bogey Save- 1.7

 

My initial thoughts were that the biggest part of my game that could use improvement would be my short game around the greens and then making putts inside of 8'. With the logic that most my strokes would be saved if my shots that miss the green could be hit closer and then the putt converted. However, after looking at the poor ball striking stats of GIR and penalties per round. I almost feel like lowering my shots hit into trouble and increasing my GIR would correlate to better numbers. Ideally, I'd have plenty of time to work on both but with a toddler to chase around I have limited practice time. 

 

I'm open to any thoughts or ideas as to what would be the best way to lower that 8 to a 5. Thanks Spies. 

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I've been using TheGrint app on my iPhone for well over a year and today I decided to delve into my stats over the past 20 rounds to decipher where I should focus my practice sessions and golf lessons in the future.

 

About me: 35, 5'9", 185 lbs. I hover between a 7 and 8 handicap. I have about 110-115 mph swing speed with a driver (using a Trackman with my local teaching pro). I used to play college baseball so I have tons of bad baseball swing habits that I've been working out for years.

 

TheGrint keeps a wealth of stats that I want to break down here and get opinions on what might be the best way for me to reach the sub 5 handicap range. Below is my stats over the past 20 rounds (about 10 months).

 

Scoring

Handicap- 8.0

Avg. Score- 83.5

 

Putting Stats

Putts per round- 31.1

Putts per hole following GIR- 2.0

Putts per hole following Non-GIR-1.6

1 putts per round- 5.3

 

Driving Accuracy

Fairway Hit- 40%

Left- 27%

Right- 28%

 

Greens in Regulation

Total Gir- 30%

Par 3's- 26%

Par 4's- 26%

Par 5's- 47%

 

Iron Accuracy (on par 3's)

Gir-23%

Under 125 yards - No data

125 to 150 yards- 40%

150 to 175 yards- 26%

175 to 200 yards- 0%

over 200 yards- 20%

 

Penalties

Total Penalties per round- 5.8

OoB- 2.6

Hazard- 2.3

 

Scrambling

Par Saves- 41%

Sand Saves- 27%

Bogey Saves- 21%

Putts per hole after Sand- 1.7

Putts per hole on Par Save- 1.6

Putts per hole on Bogey Save- 1.7

 

My initial thoughts were that the biggest part of my game that could use improvement would be my short game around the greens and then making putts inside of 8'. With the logic that most my strokes would be saved if my shots that miss the green could be hit closer and then the putt converted. However, after looking at the poor ball striking stats of GIR and penalties per round. I almost feel like lowering my shots hit into trouble and increasing my GIR would correlate to better numbers. Ideally, I'd have plenty of time to work on both but with a toddler to chase around I have limited practice time.

 

I'm open to any thoughts or ideas as to what would be the best way to lower that 8 to a 5. Thanks Spies.

Personally, I would look at eliminating the penalties first. Are they mostly tee balls and the occasional 2nd or 3rd or pretty evenly distributed? That might give a clue on what to attack.

 

Of course, with my handicap, maybe you should just ignore me.

 

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I suppose the first number that pops out at me is the 2.6 shots out of bounds per round. That seems to me to be high and a great number to target for dropping your desired 3 strokes.

 

To what degree could these OoB shots be attributed to over-aggressive course management? Are there tee shots where you should consider hitting iron to avoid the big number?

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Personally, I would look at eliminating the penalties first. Are they mostly tee balls and the occasional 2nd or 3rd or pretty evenly distributed? That might give a clue on what to attack.

 

Of course, with my handicap, maybe you should just ignore me.

 

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Looking at those stats if you just eliminate penalties you are there already. My guess is these are coming off the tee but not sure. 

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The way I understand TheGrint stats. Penalty shots count 2 for each ball out of bounds and one for hazard shots. So it's like losing one ball a round and dunking two. Which isn't too crazy I think but I agree the numbers do add up quickly that way.

 

And about the tee shots, I do typically hit hybrids off tight tee boxes and on short holes where driver isn't needed.

 

I'm just looking for advice from all so feel free to give solid feedback. Thanks guys.


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As a 63 handicapper I'd tell you now that you've seen the data to forget it for a while. I'm not a "datacratic" player. You being an 8 hcp player shows that you've got a fairly good game already. Chasing data isn't good for your game. Wasn't for mine. What is good for your game is playing. Play as much as possible and practice some. Play a lot - practice some.

And play competitive rounds as much as possible. I can't stress this enough. I don't mean tournaments necessarily.... but competition with your friends or other groups around your course or club. When you play golf play for something like skins, or a Nassau, etc. Always. Competition makes you focus. Beating it around and yucking it up on the course does nothing for you game. Believe it or not; you can play serious and focus and still have fun. I'd bet your scores improve. 

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The way I understand TheGrint stats. Penalty shots count 2 for each ball out of bounds and one for hazard shots. So it's like losing one ball a round and dunking two. Which isn't too crazy I think but I agree the numbers do add up quickly that way.

 

And about the tee shots, I do typically hit hybrids off tight tee boxes and on short holes where driver isn't needed.

 

I'm just looking for advice from all so feel free to give solid feedback. Thanks guys.

The grint gives one stroke for the same one stroke penalties you get on the course. They also add .5 strokes for bunkers whether greenside or fairway.

 

 

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Welcome to the internet, where two 15 handicappers jump in right away to offer advice to someone who would blow us off the course :)

I sensed the insanity of what I was doing while typing. I still pulled the trigger though.

 

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if it were me I would look at GIR.   Basically you are hitting 5/6 greens a round which puts a lot of pressure on your short game to get up and down.   Either you have a course management issue and are going after pins you shouldn't or you are a little wild with your irons.  

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To tag into csnoil I'm thinking course management for sure -

 

Figure out why you're taking those penalties and then avoid them. Plus I'm guessing that you are taken by some non-penalty penalties. If you know what I mean.

 

I agree with your assessment to limit the penalties first, that may improve the GIRs all by itself.

 

Good luck

 

 

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if it were me I would look at GIR. Basically you are hitting 5/6 greens a round which puts a lot of pressure on your short game to get up and down. Either you have a course management issue and are going after pins you shouldn't or you are a little wild with your irons.

Yes. I think Grint had me at 5.6 per 18. I think that's also the reason my putts per 18 was under the average for an 8 handicap. This was an interesting read I found from mygolfspy back in 2016.

 

https://mygolfspy.com/2016-report-overall-golfer-performance-by-handicap/

 

I think I'll discuss this with my local teaching pro and see if he thinks it's a management issue or swing issue. I'd still like to get that scrambling percentage up as well. Maybe attack it on both ends.

 

Again. Thanks for the feedback guys.

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To tag into csnoil I'm thinking course management for sure -

 

Figure out why you're taking those penalties and then avoid them. Plus I'm guessing that you are taken by some non-penalty penalties. If you know what I mean.

 

I agree with your assessment to limit the penalties first, that may improve the GIRs all by itself.

 

Good luck

 

 

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This.

 

Oh, and if you average 31 putts per round, you're a very good putter. Give yourself credit for that.

True but I think that's also a function of missing 13 greens per 18. You get more one putts that way.


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Other than the obvious penalty strokes, it looks to me like better iron play would help a lot.  I'm not the best ball striker for my handicap, but when you have a perfect lie on the tee, iron accuracy on par 3's could be a little better, especially the short distances.   Do you miss left and right?  Short?  Probably the same for approaches on par 4s and 5s?

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Penalties and GIR.

I would be most concerned about hitting only 40% from 125-150. I would say work on wedge shots.


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My opinion is that you should work on your irons game. It seems you don't use them enough. Leave the woods alone for a round and play a round or two with just your irons, that should help with accuracy, and distance control, and that will help you improve your off the tee shots and better hitting those GIR.

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Other than the obvious penalty strokes, it looks to me like better iron play would help a lot. I'm not the best ball striker for my handicap, but when you have a perfect lie on the tee, iron accuracy on par 3's could be a little better, especially the short distances. Do you miss left and right? Short? Probably the same for approaches on par 4s and 5s?

Agreed. TheGrint has me at 14% left, 19% right, 8% long and 33% short. Perhaps swallowing a little ego with the iron game is an easy first step.

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Agreed. TheGrint has me at 14% left, 19% right, 8% long and 33% short. Perhaps swallowing a little ego with the iron game is an easy first step.

I find it fun to take different irons or hit different ball flights with a club to achieve different shots.  Be creative.  Learning how to take more club and hit a controlled shot is a great way to hit more greens and it's a confidence booster when you need to hit a green.

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If I left my driver at home I would be a better golfer. That's my only stat that is a fact.

 

Working on your short game is never a bad idea. In fact it is an outstanding idea. I spend 80% of my practice from 120 yards and in, and 90% of that is within 60 yards.

 

I noticed my mid irons were holding me back last round, so I put in some work with those.

 

I am chasing my tail really, it will come full circle someday.

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