This month's Golf Digest has an interesting little commentary from a teaching pro who claims that after a study done some years ago, one needs to hit, on average, 3 greens in regulation to break 90, 8 to break 80, and 13 to break 70. Seems like the one time I broke 90 I had quite a few more than 3 GIR (I think I had at least 6 when I shot an 89) and I know I've had some rounds where I didn't break 100 where I had at least 4. Maybe I'm having both more good holes and more really bad holes than the typical person who shoots about the same as me? I've never really paid attention to how many GIR I have in a round, though. Have any of you and have your results been consistent with the 3-<90, 8-<80, 13-<70 stats?
I'm looking at sub-zero weather tomorrow and I'm 2-4 full months away from my next round of golf, but this upcoming season, I think I'm going to start to track the GIR stat and see exactly what sort of correllation it has on my scores. Obviously, the more GIR, the lower the score (unless you're 3-4 putting more). Have any of you found that it helps to pay close attention to your GIR stats?
I've never been a stats guy, in contrast to a buddy of mine who kept every score card he ever played and had every putt marked on it. I think I'll try to keep track of 3-(or worse) putting stats too, and see what that shows me.
Somehow, I think that my game will have a way of compensating for any particularly good aspect on a given day with a different aspect that will bring me back down to mediocrity. This will be my 20th year of playing golf and sometimes I feel I damn well ought to have more than just one sub-90 round to show for it. I had more birdies last year than I had in any five-year period of my golf career, but my scores stayed the same. Maybe playing a dozen rounds a year with a small handful of trips to the range, I'm just not ever going to improve.