Gunning for The Open Part 3
So it is here, this is the year! We are in to 2018, the regional qualifier dates are in place and the date has been booked off in the diary!
It is now time to ramp up the practice and analyse each area of my game to highlight where I should be spending most of my practice time.
One of my beliefs is that you can achieve a level of success by modelling people who have already had success in that field, so I took a look at the statistics of Jordan Spieth who had the lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour through 2017 and have highlighted some of these below
|DRIVING ACCURACY PERCENTAGE||60.00%||101ST|
|GREENS IN REGULATION PERCENTAGE||70.01%||4TH|
|EAGLES (HOLES PER)||175.5||60TH|
|SAND SAVE PERCENTAGE||55.79%||33RD|
|APPROACHES FROM 50-75 YARDS||11′ 4″||6TH|
|APPROACHES FROM 75-100 YARDS||17′ 11″||91ST|
|APPROACHES FROM 100-125 YARDS||21′ 4″||132ND|
|APPROACHES FROM 50-125 YARDS||19′ 0″||83RD|
|APPROACHES FROM 125-150 YARDS||20′ 8″||10TH|
|APPROACHES FROM 150-175 YARDS||22′ 5″||1ST|
|APPROACHES FROM 175-200 YARDS||31′ 1″||17TH|
|PUTTS PER ROUND||28.45||20TH|
|PUTTING FROM 3′||99.86%||8TH|
|PUTTING FROM 4-8′||66.90%||125TH|
|PUTTING - INSIDE 10′||87.27%||102ND|
|PUTTING FROM - 10-15′||28.33%||135TH|
|PUTTING FROM - 15-20′||20.66%||65TH|
|PUTTING FROM - 20-25′||21.98%||4TH|
|PUTTING FROM - > 25′||7.29%||14TH|
|BIRDIE OR BETTER CONVERSION PERCENTAGE||35.00%||4TH|
|putting inside 10’ATTEMPTS: 1,249||PUTTS MADE: 1,090|
So looking through his statistics and forgetting the fact that he is an unbelievable player, against his peers he is not the most accurate driver. He doesn’t miss hardly any greens, he is deadly between 175-150 yards and you may as well save time and give him his putts inside 3 feet!
Now there is a vast gap between Jordan Spieth’s golf and mine I am very much aware of that but what struck home with me the most though in terms of the difference in my game to Jordan’s is that very last statistic
Putting inside 10′ - 1249 attempts and 1090 went in the hole! 87% of his putts inside that distance go in and he is not even in the top 100 on the tour with those statistics! Now I do not have as much detail currently about my game but I know that my putts from 3′ are probably not as strong statistically as that so it is an area I need to spend a lot of time on.
I have a Garmin GPS Golf watch which I use to track my statistics as I play (do not take any notice of the longest drive this was an error, it’s really 540 yards) although it is not as in depth you can break it down to each round, and for this season I shall be using this plus Taylor Made’s MyRoundPro app which gives me figures for strokes gained or lost when compared to a tour professional to highlight further my strengths and weaknesses.
So my average score is +3.6 shots over par, realistically I need to be around the 2 under par mark in the regional qualifying to make it through to the next stage, so 6 shots better than my average round of last year, and I need to do it when it matters. So a bit of work to be done in all honesty and every aspect of my game is going to have to improve to reach the performance level needed.
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