So what you are saying is, to shoot better, hit more greens?
Really? Here is an article that says hitting 6 greens a round puts you in the 5-10 handicap. I don't keep a handicap because I don't consider my scores to be official. That being said, I believe that I am a fairly honest 16ish golfer.
On the back side i hit 4 greens and shot a 4 over 38, and that included a OB drive that effectively costs you 2 strokes (stroke and distance)
The front however, I was 11 over with 2 greens hit. Now I was 11 over because of 2 blow up holes that cost me multiple strokes. I should have shot closer to 43-44.
Pretty sure that 5-10 handicaps hit more greens than 6 per round. I think near GIR is less than 10 yards off e green or a simple chip at more yardage.
We're pretty much in the same boat as far as greens and scores are concerned. I'm guessing the courses i play are a tiny bit harder, which is why my handicap is a teeny bit lower. Did you use the online tools to calculate your handicap?
here is an interesting article..
SCORE = 102.6 - 2.7 X #pars
GIR is SCORE = 95.1 - 2.0 X GIR
I am going to assume that pars are holes of par or better. I had 3 birdies today but only 2 pars...
So looking at that =5 (which is about normal for me)
102.6 - (2.7 * 5) = 89.1 (this is about normal for me)
I would also say that I typically hit around 5-6 greens a round
95.1 - (2.0 * 5.5) = 84.1 (this is lower than my norm)
so if I want consistently get into the 83-85 (closing on single digit handicap) I need to work on getting better at getting up and down. Does that sound right?
I think this formula is too general, keeping a spreadsheet or using the online handicap calculators is better.
Ball striking is key for people in our handicap range. We need more GIR.