Strokes Gained Golf

We help you utilize the Strokes Gained Golf methodology to understand and measure the nuances of the game of golf that are otherwise difficult to capture. 

Strokes Gained Golf

Strokes Gained is a very powerful methodology that will help you find the nuances of your golf performance that are otherwise very difficult to measure. The name is a bit misleading though, as you’re not always ‘gaining strokes’; a better definition in our opinion would be that “it explains your performance in relation to a set benchmark”. 

This benchmark could be players on a tour, college players, players on your team or yourself, and the result is expressed in strokes: if you have a positive score, then you performed better than the benchmark you are comparing yourself to; if you have a negative score, then you performed worse.  

Why Strokes Gained Matters

Strokes Gained vs Traditional Golf Stats.

Traditional Golf stats, such as Greens and Fairways hit, Driving Distance and Accuracy, Sand Saves etc, are often affected by factors that aren’t intended to be included in their calculations. This makes it difficult to know what they are really measuring. 

Using the Strokes Gained methodology, we can isolate and evaluate each shot on their own and compare it to a relevant benchmark. This means that we are able to capture nuances that are otherwise difficult to measure.

Strokes Gained Off the Tee vs. Driving Accuracy.

Driving accuracy is a binary stat, meaning that you either have a successful hit fairway or you don’t; it also doesn’t take driving distance into consideration. If a player hits pitching wedge off the tee on all holes, the player could easily hit all 14 fairways. But would that be good? No, because those tee shots would be very short. Driving accuracy only looks at whether the shot ended up in the fairway, and in this sense, a drive hit 100 yards on the fairway and one hit 300 yards on the fairway are worth the same – a fairway hit. Strokes Gained would assign a better value to the longer drive. 

Another very important distinction is what happens when we miss a fairway. In the driving accuracy stat, a drive that misses the fairway by 1 inch is worth the same as a drive hit out of bounds – they are both a missed fairway. The Strokes Gained methodology would assign a way better score to the shot that misses the fairway by 1 inch, than the one that is hit out of bounds. 

Strokes Gained putting vs. Counting Putts.

Counting putts is easy to do, but what do the results really mean? Is 32 putts better than 36 putts? At first glance you may be inclined to say yes, but the fact is that we don’t yet have enough information to make an educated comment on which one was better. The key piece of information we need is the distance each putt was hit from. 

Almost everyone makes 1 foot putts. Even beginners who have never played golf before can often make 1 foot putts very consistently. Tour pros almost never miss them, which means that making a putt from this distance is only ‘average’, meaning that if you don’t make a putt from this distance, you lose to your competition. In this case, 1 putt is just average, and 2 putts is awful. 

From 33 feet, however, a tour player 2-putts on average. Taking two putts from 33 feet is therefore a performance at the tour level. In this case, 2 putts is a great result for most players, and a 1-putt is exceptional. 

The strokes gained methodology is able to capture these nuances, and would assign you a better score for a long putt made than for a short putt made. 

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Strokes Gained in 26 categories

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