If you DO NOT have the magazine however, i can explain what it is about,
What it does is compare the stats for the week of the pga tour winning pro (so whatever pro won each tournament, they take their stats for that week) and compares them to the stats of a scratch golfer who is playing to their handicap. So it is comparing both categories when they are playing pretty well.
It says that as far as ball striking goes, a scratch golfer can be in the same game as a pro, which makes sense. I mean, i play university golf, and i would say 50-60% of the guys can hit the ball 300 yds, and flush a 3 iron 225 when they are on their game. They can also make solid contact with the ball most of the time, and there are a few guys whose ball striking, espesically with their irons is proabably comparable to a pro.
Driving stats, are a little better for a pro, but not much, only 0.5 more fairways hit per round.
Greens hit, pro will hit 2 more per round, but distance to the pin is the same for pro and am (20ft) (where the ball striking comes in)
But here is where we start to see the difference,
A pro will have 3 less putts per round, and make 20% more putts from 6-10 ft. and 3 putts are 3 percent higher for am's.
In the article, it basically says the difference comes from the short game, wether it is sinking a birdie putt or not 3 putting, or if it is getting up and down from around the green. It also comes from avoiding those bogey runs and double or even triple bogeys.
Finally, it comes from the mental game and not getting frustrated or down on yourself. Altough a lot of pros will get angry and frustrated once in a while, or more often for some, they are usually much better in controlling it and shutting the negative thoughts out. Something a lot of amatures are not able to do. A lot of guys in university golf get frustrated at some level or another. Jason Dufner walks around the course like he is trying to nap while walking....unbelievably calm no matter what happens.
It goes on to saying, they know what it takes to go from a 7 to a scratch, and what golfers need to do (i.e, minimize 3putts), generally to get down to a scratch. But they say to go from a scratch to a plus 7 (what a pro plays at when they win), they cant really pin point any one or two things that most people would need to do to get down to that level. And that is becasue it is such a different game, a whole nother level.
A final interesting point, is that if you are not consistantly shooting 68 at your home course, a course you should know every bump and slope of, you should not be trying to go on the PGA tour.
I thought it was a great read.