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 DISTANCE 295.6 75TH
  DRIVING ACCURACY PERCENTAGE 60.00% 101ST
  GREENS IN REGULATION PERCENTAGE 70.01% 4TH
  EAGLES (HOLES PER) 175.5 60TH
  BIRDIE AVERAGE 4.49 1ST
  SCORING AVERAGE 68.846 1ST
  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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