Strokes Gained Putting
We help you utilize the Strokes Gained Putting methodology to understand and measure the nuances of the game of golf that are otherwise difficult to capture.
Strokes Gained Putting
Strokes Gained Putting 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 ‘Strokes Gained Putting’ 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 Putting Matters
Strokes Gained Putting - Why it Matters.
Traditional Golf stats, such as Greens and Fairways hit, Driving Distance and Accuracy, Sand Saves, Counting Putts 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 Putting methodology, we can isolate and evaluate each putt on its own merits and compare it to a relevant benchmark. This means that we are able to capture nuances that are otherwise difficult to measure.
Strokes Gained Putting vs. Make Percentage.
Putting Make Percentage is a binary stat, meaning that there are only two outcomes: a made putt or a missed putt. There can, however, be very many different outcomes that fall ‘in between’ these two possible outcomes, such as the factor of how much you miss the putt by, and from what distance the putt was hit from.
Consider the following example:
Player A hits a putt from 33ft. The player narrowingly misses the putt and it ends up 1 inch away from the hole. Player B also hits a putt from 33ft, but makes a speed error and hits the putt 33ft past the hole.
In terms of Putting Make Percentage, these two putts are worth exactly the same – they are both a miss. However, the Strokes Gained Putting methodology would assign different scores to each putt, giving Player A a way better score than Player B.
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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