Golfer Profiling

Watched CSI?  Heard of Criminal profiling?  How about Racial Profiling?

Well I am not as politically correct but I found out a few years ago about Golfer Profiling.  What is it?  To me it defines what a golfer does or plays to — his tendencies if you will.  (Thanks Coach!)  And playing to those tendencies will make you aware of where you need to improve your game and drop your score.  Because let’s face it in golf it’s not the high score that wins; it’s how low can you go!

Now I didn’t put a lot of stock into this until I started tracking my own game.  I mean meticulously trying to figure out why I struggled playing a game I so dearly loved.  At first I kept saying it was my mechanics and to some extent it was.  But I kept playing with golfers with similar or lesser ability yet they SCORED better than I did.  Did they know the rules better than me?  Perhaps.  Did they put better than I did?  Maybe.  The truth though is they thought of this game as a just that  — a game.  A game that can be played well if you know how to score.

Mechanics that was for the golf range.  Rules of golf for playing in a tournament.  To play this game you have to master just a few things — chase a little white ball into a hole in as few as strokes as possible.

Now how the hell do you do that?  When I was originally confronted with that question it was like a light bulb went on in my head.  I evolved from just “chasing that ball” to chasing that ball in as few as strokes possible.

It’s subtle I know but nevertheless mind-blowing to this hacker.

Let me illustrate.  See the graph below it shows the tendencies of various golfers at various skill levels based on score.

AVERAGE SCORE
Relationship
CATEGORY
71
75
79
81
85
89
91
95
99
GIR
12
10
8
7
5
3
2
0
0
Strong
% Fairways
81
71
61
56
46
36
31
21
11
Weak
Iron Accuracy
80
68
53
47
33
20
13
0
0
Good
Putts per Round
29.0
30.3
31.7
32.3
33.7
35.0
35.7
37.0
38.3
Weak
Pitch/Chip/Sand
5.1
7.4
9.8
10.9
13.3
15.6
16.8
19.2
21.5
Strong
Birdies
3.2
2.4
1.8
1.5
0.8
0.1
0
0
0
Strong
Pars
11.8
10.3
8.8
8.1
6.6
5.1
4.3
2.8
1.3
Strong

 

Seeing this got me thinking on the differences between various levels of players.  Now I saw the differences between a player that shot in the 90’s versus a player who regularly shot in the 80’s and so on.  Where to improve.  Where to focus my attentions.

Just to say to another golfer, “you need to know your short game,” isn’t enough.  You need to know your short game “100 yards and in.”  You need to quantify your shortcomings so you can adjust.  If your short game isn’t working focus on your putting.  If that isn’t working focus on getting on that green in regulation.  Improve your chances for success.  Honestly I don’t have enough time to devote to this game like I used to.  So everything has to be spot-on or I waste my time and time is money.  So what do I need to do to get the results I want?  These are the sort of questions you need to ask yourself if you want to improve at this game.

So it is this humble hacker’s assessment that seeing these tendencies listed in such a manner it became easy to assess my game, assess what needed to be focused and ultimately get my game to a level I felt comfortable playing.  Hacking can be fun but let’s be honest it can wear on you during a round.  It’s not fun.  It’s not pretty.  This could be just the band-aid you need to help you stay focused playing 18 holes.

The real proof of this pudding though is will it work for you?

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