The Improvement Process to Lower Scores
As a coach involved in player development, I encourage most of my students especially intermediate and advanced players to log their stats.
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s a coach involved in player development, I encourage my students especially intermediate and advanced players to log their stats. This can be done either through a spread sheet which I’ll provide for them or through the vast array of website and iPhone apps that can now track your scoring and stats as you play.

Here’s an article I wrote recently for Golf Infuzion Magazine on ‘Statistic Apps for Golf’

Let’s look at the minimum stats you should be keeping:

– Driving Distance
– Driving Accuracy
– Greens in Regulation
– Scrambling
– Total Putts
– Putts Per G.I.R

Recently fellow golf professional and good friend of mine Derek Hooper from the Lake of Isles put together a very informative video on ‘The Improvement Process’. In this video Derek explains the importance of establishing a plan for improvement with your coach, discussing the importance of keeping stats to track your progress.

So I thought I’d share with you a simple statistical model I found on the AimPoint Technologies website. It’s designed to predict your score with 90% accuracy and help you to identify the keys stats and areas of your game you need to be focusing on. This can be a great help to you and your coach the next time you head to the range or for a lesson.

I’ve used this score predictor to track LET player Stacey Keating who I’ve been coaching for over 7 years now and the results have been spot on. By targeting three key areas of Stacey’s putting from technique, green reading and the focus-band work she implemented with her mental game coach Jamie Glazier, she has reduced her putting stats from a 30.60 average for her first 31 rounds (see score predictor below) to 29.05 for her last 4 events (see score predictor below). More importantly Stacey’s scoring has turned the corner, for her first 33 rounds this year Stacey had broken 70 eight times and in her last 14 rounds she has broken 70 four times.

It was quite clear that by using the ‘Score Predictor’ putting was the key indicator of the potential improvement in Stacey’s game.

Keeping stats is one thing, though knowing how to use them to improve key areas in your game is another. I think you’ll soon realise what many of you already know, that gaining an extra 10-20 meters off the tee will have little to no bearing on your score. Vast improvement in iron play, specifically your ability to hit a higher percentage of solid shots, all round short game improvement especially your putting will ultimately allow you to lower your scores.

Of course there’s many scenarios when it comes to stats and how they can play out, but as Derek Hooper has mentioned in ‘The Improvement Process’ you need to establish a blue print and plan for improvement. Keeping a regular log of your stats and using the ‘Score Predictor’ is a great way to get started.

Good golfing

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