I've spent the better part of a few hours reading this thread. I love it.
For me, I'm not 'new' to golf. At all. I've been playing since I was 13 years old. I've never played more than 25 times in a season, and... living in New Jersey my whole life has made the seasons short. Now, I am living in Charlotte, North Carolina and I finally have an opportunity to have an extended season... bordering on year-round.
I've kept my stats for years. Before I started using Scorecard to track... I kept Excel spreadsheets that tracked the exact same things. I started that back in 2004 and I've tracked every round I've played between 2004 and now. I know where my weaknesses are, and I know where I perceive my strengths to be.
Distance - I'm not a long hitter, by any means... but considering that I play a lot of courses between 6,000 and 6,500 yards... the majority of my approach shots are from 130 and under. Unfortunately, accuracy does not fall into the strength category for me, which means that any 'advantage' I have over some opponents with distance is typically wiped away.
50 Yards and In - I'm very comfortable being able to get the ball within 20 feet from anywhere inside 50 yards. I do have an occasional hiccup, but more times than not, I'm able to recover from a poor approach or something and give myself at least a reasonable chance at par or bogey.
... and that's where my strengths pretty much cease to exist.
Putting - I'm admittedly a horrible, horrible putter. Getting myself to within 20 feet means nothing when I'm almost guaranteed to need 2 putts (oftentimes 3 putts) to get the ball in the hole. Over the course of the last 4 years... I make approximately 8% of putts from 16-20 feet... and it's not much better until I get to the 4-6 foot range when I make around 66% of my putts. So... yeah, I'm pretty much a horrible putter. With the move to Charlotte, I'm hoping to be able to practice my putting much more frequently. It's something that I never really got a chance to practice on a real green here except before a round.
Accuracy - I hit somewhere around 1/3 of fairways. My scoring improves drastically when I play from the fairway... so, it's something I've TRIED to take a more conservative approach on from the tee... but, I still manage to miss with hybrids and even long irons. If I could hit 50% of fairways, I'd probably drop 3-5 strokes from my average score. Especially if those fairways hit were with my driver.
Iron Play From More Than 160 Yards - I like to think that if I can hit my tee shot in the fairway somewhere between the 100 yard marker and the 150 yard marker, I'm going to leave myself a fair shot at making a par. Once I'm outside of that range, my ball is guaranteed to go somewhere... just not always where I'm aiming. Sometimes I'll wildly slice a ball 40 yards to the right of the green. Other times, I'll pull one 30 yards to the left of the green. It's just not consistent enough where I'm comfortable over the ball. When I'm in competitions, I find myself playing wedge - wedge from 170 just so I don't shoot myself in the foot. It's not a way to score.
So... that's the 'major' weaknesses I have. I have plenty of others I could post about, but those are the ones that plague me the most often.
I plan to play 40 - 50 times in 2014... providing everything goes smoothly. The majority of those will be in competition rounds of some sort. Hopefully I'll be able to find a nice, local practice area which will allow me time to work on things like my putting and my mid-to-long irons. But... I'll be checking in here with you all to let you know how it's going.
My first planned round of 2014 is a week from today... providing the weather holds out.