I am a bit of a statistic tracker and like to keep a spreadsheet log of my rounds to see trends and then try and put a plan together to fix the common issues. I am hoping people who also are interested in data collection are willing to share experiences so maybes we can all mod our own structures for the better.
Having read an article in my golf magazine this month about data tracking and making good use of it. I decided to change my system up, to see If I can get some more valuable data and then get better results on the course through practice and better course management.
I was originally tracking general information i.e (FIR/GIR/Putts/Penaltys) and this was fine but for my level of game it is not really giving me much information. Hitting Fairways in reg is fine and is a nice bonus but for me its not what is holding my scoring back. If i miss a fairway by 5 yards and still have a 120 yards to the green from a semi decent lie, its still a good chance.
Due to this factor I wanted to come up with something simple and quick that would allow me to see where I had potential to improve my scoring. So I decided to change my system to help achieve this.
I am now tracking the following instead of FIR/GIR/Putts;
(Phase 1) Tee Shot Errors;
Basically I am looking for simple progression through the hole, so you start of on the tee, was your tee shot good enough to get you on to 2nd phase (the approach shot)?? If you have a decent shot to green, then yes it was. If you dont because your OOB, stuck behind a tree or miles away due to bad tee shot then its a no.
(Phase 2) Approach Shot Errors
You have got 150 yards to green. You hit your shot with the aim to progress on to the short game. each persons verdict on good or bad will be different but for me an acceptable approach shot is something that leaves me a short chip on to the green with a couple of putts at worst. So after my shot if my ball is within like 10-15 yards of the green that is acceptable.
(Phase 3) Short Game Errors
As a minimum for my own short game I am looking at 1 chip and 2 putts if I am off the green, or 2 putts if I am on the green, unless its an unusual situation like a massive green with loads of break on then I might accept a 3 putt.
Basically I looking to try and encourage tee shot > approach shot > chip/2 putts, which means a bogey at worst. I have only just started tracking this so my data pool does not have much tread to it but hoping it will over time.
As well as tracking this I am tracking the holes I fail to achieve a bogey at worst on, with the intention of looking at some better course management on these holes.
This is my tracker with current data only 2 rounds sadly.
Does anyone have any feedback on this or any advice on how to get better results from statistics in general??