Here are a few scenarios I've encountered where I wasn't sure how to count for my stats, and Google hasn't revealed anything useful:
1) A tee shot on a par 4 lands on the cart path. The cart path clearly separates closely-mown fairway from the second cut/rough. The free drop is on the fairway. Does it count as a hit fairway?
- If you got a free drop because a tee shot came to rest in the rough near an obstruction that you got relief from, and you happened to drop in the fairway, it doesn't seem like you would count it as a fairway hit. But what does the cart path count as? It's clearly not a "closely mown" area, but the ball is on it, not just near it, so you have no bearings on where the fairway should be. Obstructions are kind of like unfortunate "no man's land" that don't count as a part of the course.
2) A short par 4 is protected on the front by a water hazard. The line of play is dead straight from the tee box to the green, however the closely mown fairway stops several yards short of the water hazard, leaving an un-kept buffer zone of land between the closely mown fairway and the margins of the water hazard. If the tee shot drives past the closely-mown fairway and lands in this area, is it a hit fairway?
- It seems unfair to count it as a missed fairway, but technically it didn't land in what is clearly "closely mown".
3) Similarly, if a tee shot is duffed and flies straight for the fairway, but doesn't go far enough to get to the closely mown part of the fairway, is it a hit fairway?
- It seems unfair to count it as a hit fairway and it didn't hit the "closely mown" area, but if the previous one is counted it seems like this one should be too. Same principle, but too short instead of too long.
4) Is GIR measured in strokes by the player's score or by actual physical hits of the ball? Eg, if a tee shot on a par 4 goes in the water and after the drop the next physical stroke (second physical stroke, but third stroke score-wise) hits the green, is it a GIR?
- I'm pretty sure that it's based on total score not physical strokes, but I want to verify this.
5) A tee shot comes to rest near what appears to be the visual edge of the fairway. Standing over the ball, you observe the fairway and rough: 10 feet to one side is clearly fairway and 10 feet to the other side is clearly rough, but you have no idea which area the ball is actually sitting in. The fairway line is a bit of a gray area and kind of jagged, so you can't know for sure if it's fairway or rough. How should you count this?
- I've resorted to breaking the tie, when I have no other data to go on, by using the quality of my tee shot. If it was a good shot that went relatively close to where I wanted it to, I count it as a hit fairway. If it was a bad shot or didn't go where I'd aimed, I count it as a missed fairway. The purpose of the statistic, after all, is to measure the quality of tee shots. Any better suggestions?
Obviously, none of these questions impact the final score, but I like to keep stats and I want them to be on par with the correct way to keep them.