You’ll read statistics about golfers on the Professional Tours. A favorite is “greens in regulation”. That’s a nice and easy statistic to keep during your round (remember to build your strokes in where relevant) but I think there’s a more meaningful stat for most of our golfers to keep on their game if they’re looking to improve.
Approach shot performance
For most golfers in the 8 – 20 handicap range their ability to hit the green from 130 – 160 yards with approach shots will tell us a lot about their game.
Keep track of that performance in your game (if you’re in that category of golfer).
Improvement here will almost always have a really big impact on the scorecard.
It also feels great to hit a mid iron high and watch it stop and bite on the green.
If your percentages of greens hit from the 130 – 160 yard range is low, then (and even if your short-game is saving you) come and have a swing assessment. This might be down to the wrong lie angle or shaft length, but it often comes down to one of poor setup; poor aim; out-to-in swing path; or simply a poor swing plane. Don’t rely on your short-game, gain the pleasure of sweetly struck, and accurate approach shots.