To me, the important stats to keep are:
1) % of fairways hit
2) GIR %
3) Up-and-down % (30 yards and in, since that is what PGA Tour uses)
4) Putts per GIR
The reason I think these are the important ones is that they measure each part of your game - your driving, your approach shots, your short game and your putting. There is overlap (a great putting day will also show as a good up-and-down %) but it's a good starting point.
15 handicap is the time to start tracking your game. You're consistent enough that these stats start to matter.
Thanks Harmonious, I like that, each segment of the game is measured by using those four stats.....
I know that I average 5-6 FIR and that number continues to go up as I am getting better and better at driving the ball. My GIR% is low, around 4 per round in good weather conditions. I obviously have a long way to go on getting up and down consistently, everywhere around the green, not just within 30 yards. As for my putts per GIR, I have no data but thinking back on it I think that I usually convert at least par when I am GIR. Thus I think my average for this stat now must be closer to 1.5 than it is to 2.0.
Correct me if I am wrong but it seems that the most important stat in all of golf is GIR? If your GIR % is way up there then you are scoring really well I would think......
With that in mind, my goal for 2013 is to be a single digit handicapper by July 4, 2013. I know it's agressive but I'm going to do it. How many GIR per round would you estimate is needed for a 10 handicap? I think I saw that Bubba Watson led the PGA tour last year at just under 70%. That is between 12 and 13 GIR per round.