09/13/2014

Strokes Gained Putting is the metric used in golf today to measure putting success. Over the years, the basic statistics of ‘Putts Per Round’ and ‘Total Putting Distance Made’ have been used to decipher between strong and weak putting rounds. Times have changed– for the better.

Do you want to understand your putting?

PGA Professional Todd Kolb explains how you can achieve better statistical understanding of your putting in the VIDEO below:



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The concept of ‘Strokes Gained Putting’ was developed by statistician Mark Broadie. The idea is to have a better access success on the greens.

In theory, a player (Player 1) can have 18 putts in a round of golf if he/she misses all of their greens, chips it to within three feet of the hole and converts every putt.

In contrast, another player (Player 2) may hit the green with their approach shot on every hole, having putts from 10-50 feet for their 18 holes. They make a few nice putts, hit some exceptional lag putts and leave a lot of putts around the hole. At the end of their round, they record 32 putts.

Player 1: 18 total putts

Player 2: 32 total putts

So who putted better?

‘Player 2’ may have putted far better than ‘Player 1’, but the number of putts may not show this. Strokes Gained Putting is the stat gives a much more comprehensive understanding of putting in its entirety. By factoring in the length of the putt and the average number of putts from that distance, golfers can better gauge what they need to work on and look deeper into their true success on the greens.

If knowledge is power, this statistic will give golfers much more power when striving to improve their putting.

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