Knowing Your Game

Adam Taylor

Sep 9,2014

Knowing Your Game

One of the most important areas of the game that professionals take great notice of is their course statistics. These give the professional a thorough understanding of how they are performing during their round and over a period of time, so they can improve the areas of their game that are negatively affecting their score.
With todays smartphones and tablets, there is a variety of apps that are designed to record a vast amount of information about your rounds.
If your looking to improve your game but to also record your statistics in a simple format, you can also get a great insight into your game by filling in some very easy statistics on your scorecard during your round. The results will help you to target the areas of your game that need the most attention when you practise.
The following is a guide to what you can write on your card prior to your round, and an explanation of each statistic.This helps you to target the areas of your game that need the most attention when you practise.

Score – Enter your score from each hole
Fairway – Enter a [✓] if your tee shot finishes on the fairway. Enter a [L] if you miss the fairway left or a [R] if you miss the fairway right. Enter a [–] for a Par 3


Green in Regulation (GIR) – A ‘GIR’ is when your ball is on the green in one shot on a Par 3, two shots on a Par 4, three shots on a Par 5. More simply, anytime you are on the green putting for birdie. Enter a [✓] if you have a GIR or a [x] if you don’t.  Advanced players enter [S] if you miss your approach shot short of the green, [O] if you miss long, [L] if you miss left, [R] if you miss right


Up & Down – Anytime you have a chip shot and then have one putt. Enter a [✓] if you have a successful up & down, a [x] if you’re not successful, a [–] if you don’t have a chip shot


Bunker Save – Anytime you have a greenside bunker shot and then have one putt. Enter a [✓] if you have a successful bunker Save, a [x] if you’re not successful, a [–] if you don’t have a Bunker shot
Putts – Enter the total number of putts you have on each hole
Penalty Shots – Enter the number of penalty shots if any


Enter the totals for each area to get an overall picture of your round and your game. Results are going to vary according to your skill level. So next time you go to practise you are aware of the areas you need to improve.

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