Strokes Gained – Examples (Part 3)

This blog post will give several examples of how the strokes gained calculation can be used. I hope this will make the idea much clearer and easier to understand for everyone.

 

Remember the equation:-

Strokes to complete from starting position of ball

minus                                                                                                                 – 1 = Strokes Gained/Lost

Strokes to complete from finishing position of ball

PGA Tour (70) Baseline

 

It will displayed like this in the examples:-

Starting Position of Ball (Average)

minus                                                                         – 1 = Strokes Gained/Lost

Finishing Position of Ball (Average)

 

Putting Example 1

10ft putt (1.61)

minus                       – 1 = 0.61 Strokes Gained

Hole   (0.00)

 

Putting Example 2

50ft putt (2.14)

minus                       – 1 = -0.36 Strokes Lost

8ft putt (1.50)

 

Short Game Example 1

20yd rough (2.59)

minus                                   – 1 = 0.36 Strokes Gained

5ft putt   (1.23)

 

Short Game Example 2

80yd fairway (2.75)

minus                                   – 1 = -0.12 Strokes Lost

20ft putt   (1.87)

 

Approach Example 1

160yd rough (3.23)

minus                                   – 1 = 0.45 Strokes Gained

15ft putt   (1.78)

 

Approach Example 2

120yd recovery (3.78)

minus                                   – 1 = 0.25 Strokes Gained

20yd sand   (2.53)

 

Approach Example 3

180yd tee (3.05)

minus                                   – 1 = -0.73 Strokes Lost

40yd rough   (2.78)

 

Driving Example 1

320yd tee (3.79)

minus                                   – 1 = -0.06 Strokes Lost

120yd fairway (2.85)

 

Driving Example 2

540yd tee (4.65)

minus                                   – 1 = -0.13 Strokes Lost

300yd rough   (3.78)

 

Par 3 Example

180yd tee (3.05)

minus                                   – 1 = -0.54 Strokes Lost

20yd rough   (2.59)

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20yd rough (2.59)

minus                                   – 1 = 0.09 Strokes Gained

8ft putt   (1.50)

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8ft putt (1.50)

minus                       – 1 = 0.50 Strokes Gained

Hole   (0.00)

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The above example shows how the golfer lost stroked with their approach, hit a slightly above average short game shot and made up for their poor approach with a well above average putt.

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Par 4 Example

400yd tee (3.99)

minus                                   – 1 = 0.06 Strokes Gained

120yd fairway (2.85)

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120yd fairway (2.85)

minus                                   – 1 = -0.13 Strokes Lost

30ft putt (1.98)

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30ft putt (1.98)

minus                       – 1 = -0.06 Strokes Lost

3ft putt (1.04)

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3ft putt (1.04)

minus                       – 1 = -0.96 Strokes Lost

1ft putt (1.00)

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1ft putt (1.00)

minus                       – 1 = 0.00 Strokes Gained

Hole   (0.00)

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The above example shows how the golfer marginally gained strokes with their drive, lost strokes with their approach, hit a slightly below average first putt and a well below average second putt (losing 0.96) before finally tapping in from 1 foot (neither gaining nor losing strokes).

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Par 5 Example

540yd tee (4.65)

minus                                                           – 1 = -0.45 Strokes Lost

280yd recovery (trees) (4.10)

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280yd recovery (trees) (4.10)

minus                                                           – 1 = -0.15 Strokes Lost

240yd fairway (chip out) (3.25)

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240yd fairway  (3.25)

minus                                                           – 1 = -0.35 Strokes Lost

40yd fairway   (2.60)

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40yd fairway   (2.60)

minus                                                           – 1 = -0.18 Strokes Lost

15ft putt   (1.78)

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15ft putt   (1.78)

minus                                                           – 1 = -0.45 Strokes Lost

5ft putt   (1.23)

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5ft putt   (1.23)

minus                                                           – 1 = 0.23 Strokes Gained

Hole   (0.00)

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In the above example, the player lost a total of 1.35 strokes (they made a 6 when the baseline was 4.65).  This may be good or bad for the player depending on scoring average.

 

I hope these examples help and clear up any questions you may have had.  Try using this method to analyse your rounds and add up all your strokes gained/lost when driving, when hitting approaches, short game shots and putts.  The hole examples should help with that.

You should have a total strokes gained/lost for each area, and strokes gained/lost total.

If you have lost 3.1 strokes driving, lost 2.1 approach, lost 4.6 short game and gained 0.8 putting, your total is:-    -3.1  -2.1  -4.6 +0.8 = -9.0

A total of 9.0 strokes lost and recording a score of 79.  You need to improve driving and short game, but you have exceptional putting for your scoring average.

 

As always, please comment below or email me scott@ukgolfacademy.com with comments or questions.

 


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