This stat proves you should manage your own expectations on the golf course
One of the keys to happier golf is to be realistic with your own expectations. It’ll help you improve, too, because you get a clearer sense of both the strengths and weaknesses of your own game.
Unfortunately, too many golfers have expectations that are wildly out of whack with the reality of their game. A great way to work on this is to keep track of the basic stats from your own game as you play. And, in the meantime, allow a handful of stats from pro and scratch golfers, gathered by statistician Lou Stagner of Arccos Golf, to provide some hard truths.
Do you know that from 150 yards, a scratch golfer hits the green only about 60 percent of the time? It’s essentially a coin flip. Check out the data below. — Luke Kerr-Dineen
150-yard shots from the fairway
Average proximity on all shots
Tour pro: 25′ 3″
Scratch player: 36′ 8″
Tour pro: 76.1%
Scratch player: 61.0%
Average proximity when hitting green
Tour pro: 20′ 11″
Scratch player: 23′ 9″
Average proximity when missing green
Tour pro: 38′ 9″
Scratch player: 60′ 1″