Re: Fairways hit, Putts/hole, and GIR goals for a mid handicapper?We use statistics reveal the patterns, trends, and benchmarks in data sets that are too large for these characteristics to be revealed by inspection.
A round of golf, or even four rounds of golf, is a tiny data set. Tiny. You can record a description of your round on one sheet of paper, describing each shot with letters, numbers, symbols and colors. You could say a black 5 means you hit the green with your 5-iron, a red 5 means you missed right, and a green 5 means you missed left. Be creative.
Design it right and you can put four sheets of paper on a table in front of you, one for each of your last four rounds, and se at a glance exactly what your weaknesses are and what skills you need to develop or shore up.
So you can count greens in regulation if you want to, but better if you have a visual description that shows you’re missing a lot of greens left. THAT’S what you need to know--not that you’re missing greens, but WHY you’re missing them. Summary statistics don’t reveal that.
Or for your short game, you don’t want to count up-and-downs and stop there. You want to dig deeper and find which shots you’re not getting up and down. Then you can work on those shots.
To assess and describe the state of your game, summary stats are just fine. Game improvement requires a more detailed set of information.