Here’s how many greens in regulation you should hit per round, based on handicap
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One of the biggest things holding mid- and high-handicappers back is hitting more greens in regulation, mainly because it’s the key (usually) to stress-free two-putt pars and the occasional birdie. It’s also the best way to eliminate trouble. If mid- or high-handicappers are missing greens, that’s when problems can pile up. Bunker issues. Short-sided chips. Bladed chips. Chunked chips. You get the picture.
But we all need goals. So how many greens in regulation should amateurs strive to hit per round?
Tina Tombs, a former LPGA pro and a GOLF Top 100 Teacher, said a high-handicapper should set a goal at seven greens in regulation, while a lower handicap should strive for 10 per round.
Carol Preisinger, a Top 100 Teacher out of The Kiawah Island Club, put her number slightly higher (but we like lofty goals). She said a single-digit handicap should try and hit 13 greens in relegation, while high-handicaps should aim for 10.
Both agree, however — and this is important — that the best way for amateurs to hit these goals is to play the correct tees.
“If they aren’t carrying 200 yards, they should play 6,000 or less, and they don’t do that,” Preisinger says. “Because when you play too far back you can have four or five penalty shots off the tee.”
In a recent issue of GOLF Magazine, Arccos, which has accumulated a trove of on-course data, shared how many greens in regulation its users hit over a certain time frame. Five handicaps average eight greens in regulation per round, while 10 handicaps average six GIR per round and 15 handicaps average four or five a round.
And, in case you were wondering, Cameron Smith is the current PGA Tour leader of greens in regulation by hitting 80.56 percent, and the Tour average is 68.20 percent, which is about 12.5 greens in regulation per round. Those two numbers might not be realistic for you, but now you know what might be.
Amateurs greens in regulation hit, according to Arccos
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