# Golf Statistics Help

#### Accuracy Breakdown

The percentage of times an approach shot or short game golf shot finishes on the green (of the hole being played), further than the first distance but shorter than or equal to the second distance from the hole. As an example, you hit four approach shots with three of them finishing on the green. Of the three shots which finish on the green, one shot finishes 5 feet from the hole with the other two finishing 13 feet and 15 feet from the hole. Your 0 - 6 feet Accuracy Breakdown for the four shots is 25.0% and, your 6 - 15 feet Accuracy Breakdown for the four golf shots is 50.0%.

#### Advancing Shots per Round

The average number of golf shots taken per round where there is no attempt to hit the green (the first shot on Par 4, Par 5 and Par 6 holes and all penalty shots are excluded). So, on a Par 3 hole, any shot where there is no attempt to hit the green is an advancing shot. On Par 4, Par 5 and Par 6 holes, not including the first shot on the hole, any shot where there is no attempt to hit the green is an advancing shot. As an example, you play one round of golf. On every Par 3 hole, you attempt to hit the green with your first shot (which means there are no advancing shots). On every Par 4 hole, you attempt to hit the green with your second shot (again, there are no advancing shots). On three Par 5 holes, you attempt to hit the green not with your second shot, but with your third shot (this means your second on each hole is an advancing shot). Your Advancing Shots per Round for the one round is 3.00.

#### Approach Shot and Short Game Shot Accuracy

The percentage of time an approach shot or short game shot finishes either in the hole or, on the green (of the hole being played). As an example, you play four approach shots on a hole. The first three shots finish on the green with the last shot finishing in the trees. Your Approach Shot Accuracy for the four shots is 75.0%.

#### Average Approach Length

The average length of approach shots (from the golf ball to the hole before the shot is played). Only golf shots where approach lengths are recorded actually count. As an example, you play three approach shots. The first shot is 100 yards from the hole, the second is 200 yards from the hole and, the third is 250 yards from the hole. Your Average Approach Length for the three shots is 183.3 yards.

#### Average Birdie Putt Length

The average length of a putt which if holed will complete the golf hole in a score of birdie. As an example, you play two Par 3 holes. On the first Par 3 hole, your first golf shot finishes on the green leaving a 10 feet putt for birdie and, on the second Par 3 hole, your first golf shot also finishes on the green leaving a 20 feet putt for birdie. Your Average Birdie Putt Length for the two holes where you leave yourself a birdie putt is 15 feet.

#### Average Course Length and Hole Length

The average length of golf courses or golf holes played. As an example, you play one golf course which is 6,000 yards in length and, another course which is 6,500 yards in length. The Average Course Length for the two golf courses is 6,250 yards.

#### Average Course Par

The average Par of golf courses played. As an example, you play one golf course which has a Par of 72 and, another golf course which has a Par of 71. The Average Course Par for the two courses is 71.50.

#### Average 1st Putt Length

The average length of the first putt following golf shots which finish on the green (of the hole being played). As an example, you play three approach shots which all finish on the green. One golf shot finishes 5 feet from the hole with the other two finishing 13 feet and 15 feet from the hole. Your Average 1st Putt Length for the three golf shots is 11.0 feet.

**Note:** Very long putts are automatically shortened to a maximum of 60 feet / 18.3 metres so as to not distort the player's performance. As an example, two players each hit four approach shots which all finish on the green. Player one hits each golf shot to within 25 feet from the hole giving him an actual Average 1st Putt Length of 25 feet. Player two hits his first three shots to within 4 feet from the hole and, his fourth shot to 100 feet from the hole giving him an actual Average 1st Putt Length of 28 feet. Based on the probability of holing their putts, overall, player two has the better scoring opportunity. By reducing the abnormally long 100 feet putt to 60 feet, the statistic now shows Player two performing better with an Average 1st Putt Length of 18 feet.

#### Average Fringe Shot Length

The average length of golf shots to be played from the fringe (surrounding the green of the hole being played). As an example, you are about to play three shots from the fringe. The first shot is 10 feet from the hole, the second is 20 feet from the hole and, the third is 50 feet from the hole. Your Average Fringe Shot Length for the three shots is 26.7 feet.

#### Bounce Backs

The percentage of times a birdie or better score is made on a golf hole following a bogey or worse score (taking into account both the start hole for the round and, the end hole where a bogey or worse score is excluded because there is no subsequent hole to make the bounce back). As an example, you play six holes of golf. Your scoring sequence over the six holes is bogey -- birdie -- bogey -- par -- bogey -- birdie. On the three counting holes immediately after making a bogey or worse score, you make a birdie or better score twice. Your Bounce Backs for the six holes is 66.7%.

#### Comments Table

The average number of times per round a comment is recorded for a putt. As an example, you play two rounds of golf. In the first round, you record comments for sixteen putts and, in the second round, you record comments for twenty two putts. Your Commented Putts per Round for the two rounds is 19.00.

#### Conversion Table

putts per round - The average number of putts per round taken from a distance which is further than the first distance but shorter than or equal to the second distance.

% of total putts - The percentage of putts taken from a distance which is further than the first distance but shorter than or equal to the second distance.

conversion - The percentage of putts holed from a distance which is further than the first distance but shorter than or equal to the second distance.

As an example, you play two rounds of golf. In the first round, you putt six times from a distance between 10 - 15 feet long and hole four of them. In the second round, you putt four times from a distance between 10 - 15 feet long and hole one of them. Your Putts per Round from between 10 - 15 feet for the two rounds is 5.00 and, your Conversion from between 10 - 15 feet for the two rounds is 50.0%.

#### Driving Accuracy

The percentage of times the first golf shot on a hole finishes either in the hole, on the green, on the fringe or, on the fairway (of the golf hole being played). Par 3 golf holes are not included. As an example, you play a round of golf on a course with four Par 3 holes, ten Par 4 holes and four Par 5 holes. On the fourteen Par 4 and Par 5 holes, your first shot finishes on the fairway a total of seven times. Your Driving Accuracy for the round is 50%.

#### Driving Distance

The average distance the golf ball travels from shots hit off the tee. Par 3 golf holes are not included and, only shots where a distance is recorded actually count. As an example, you hit three tee shots. The first shot travels 280 yards. The second shot travels 260 yards. You do not record how far you hit the third golf shot. Your Driving Distance for the two recorded shots is 270 yards.

#### End Lie

The percentage of times a golf shot finishes in a designated end lie. As an example, you hit four approach shots. Three of the shots finish on the green and one finishes in the semi rough. Your Green End Lie for the four golf shots is 75.0% and, your Semi Rough End Lie for the four golf shots is 25.0%.

#### Effective Greens in Regulation

Make sure you have read and understand the Greens in Regulation, Sub-Regulation Attempts per Round, Sub-Regulation Success per Round and Scrambling golf statistics before reading this golf stat.

On a golf hole, for every shot under the regulation number of shots it takes for the ball to finish either in the hole or on the green, the Greens in Regulation statistic is increased by one and, for every shot over a regulation scramble attempt that it takes for the ball to finish either in the hole or on the green, the Greens in Regulation statistic is decreased by one. So:

On a Par 3 golf hole; if your first shot finishes on the green, (being the green in regulation), you receive one regulation point for the hole; if your second shot finishes on the green, (being the scramble attempt), you do not receive or lose any regulation points for the hole; if your third shot finishes on the green, you lose one regulation point for the hole; if your fourth shot finishes on the green, you lose two regulation points for the hole; and so on.

On a Par 4 golf hole; if your first shot finishes on the green, you receive two regulation points for the hole; if your second shot finishes on the green (being the green in regulation), you receive one regulation point for the hole; if your third shot finishes on the green (being the scramble attempt), you do not receive or lose any regulation points for the hole; if your fourth shot finishes on the green, you lose one regulation point for the hole; if your fifth shot finishes on the green, you lose two regulation points for the hole; and so on.

on a Par 5 golf hole; if your first shot finishes on the green, you receive three regulation points for the hole; if your second shot finishes on the green, you receive two regulation points for the hole; if your third shot finishes on the green (being the green in regulation), you receive one regulation point for the hole; if your fourth shot finishes on the green (being the scramble attempt), you do not receive or lose any regulation points for the hole; if your fifth shot finishes on the green, you lose one regulation point for the hole; if your sixth shot finishes on the green, you lose two regulation points for the hole; and so on.

As an example, you play a round of golf. On sixteen of the eighteen holes, your ball finishes on the green in the regulation number of shots and, on the other two holes, your ball finishes on the green in one shot under regulation. Your Effective Greens in Regulation for the round is 20.00. Note that Effective Greens in Regulation statistic can display a negative result.

**Note:** The Effective Greens in Regulation statistic was invented by Chris Sells (in July 2000), a director of Sum It Golf Services Ltd, the designers and owners of StrokeAverage.com. It is far more accurate than the Greens in Regulation statistic. This is because it takes into account every shot played from the tee to the green.

#### Effective Putting

Note that a minimum of two rounds of golf is needed to activate the Effective Putting golf statistics.

A single number which evaluates a player's putting performance. It is achieved by calculating the player's actual putting conversion rates against a fixed number of putts that they are likely to encounter from each given distance. The results are then re-calculated against researched test scores to produce the single handicap-like number.

In terms of performance, the more positive the number is the better the putting performance is. A figure of around; +2.5 is classed as a world class putting performance; +1 is classed as an average performance for a tournament professional; +0.5 is classed as an average performance for an international standard amateur; 0 is classed as an average performance for a county / state standard amateur; -2 is classed as an average performance for a good club amateur; scores below -5 are considered sub-standard for any player.

**Note:** The Effective Putting golf statistic was invented by Chris Sells (in July 2000), a director of Sum It Golf Services Ltd, the designers and owners of StrokeAverage.com. It is the most accurate method of gauging a player's putting performance because the equation and result is totally independent from where approach shots finish on the green. Effective Putting is a revolutionary step forward in golf putting analysis.

#### Effective Scrambling

Make sure you have read and understand the Greens in Regulation and Scrambling statistics before reading this golf statistic.

The percentage of times the green is missed in regulation, but an attempt is made to hit the green with the next shot and, a par or birdie is still scored. As an example, you play four holes of golf. On the first and second hole, you do not hit the green in regulation but, attempt to hit the green with your next shot. You successfully manage to score a par on each hole. On the third hole, you do not hit the green in regulation but again attempt to hit the green with your next golf shot. You finish the hole in a score of bogey. On the fourth hole, you do not hit the green in regulation and are not able to aim for the green with your next golf shot. You score a terrible 8 on the hole. Your Effective Scrambling for the three holes that count is 66.7%.

**Note:** The Effective Scrambling golf statistic was invented by Chris Sells (in July 2000), a director of Sum It Golf Services Ltd, the designers and owners of StrokeAverage.com. It is a far more accurate method of gauging a player's ability to scramble than the Scrambling golf stat. This is because it only takes into account the holes where the player is actually attempting to scramble. It removes all holes where the player is unable to scramble due to too many shots already being taken before a scramble attempt can be made.

#### Fairway Diagram

Diagram to show where golf shots hit from the tee finish in relation to the fairway (displayed as a percentage). Par 3 golf holes are not included. As an example, you hit four shots off a tee on a par 4 hole. The first two golf shots finish on the fairway. The third golf shot misses the fairway to the left and the fourth golf shot misses the fairway to the right. Your Fairway Diagram for the four golf shots is 50.0% accurate with 25.0% missing to the left and 25.0% missing to the right.

#### First, Middle, Last 6 Holes to Par

A player's average score to Par either on the first 6, middle 6 or last 6 holes (taking into account the start hole for the round). As an example, you play the first six holes of a round of golf. Your scoring sequence over the six holes is bogey -- par -- par -- birdie -- par -- birdie. Your First 6 Holes to Par for the round is -1.00.

#### Fringe Chips and Fringe Putts per Round

The average number of times per round a golf shot is played from the fringe surrounding the green (of the hole being played). Fringe Chips are golf shots played using any golf club except the putter and, Fringe Putts are shots played using the putter. As an example, you play two rounds of golf. In the first round, you play two shots from the fringe with your 9 iron. In the second round, you play three shots from the fringe, one with your 8 iron and two with your putter. Your Fringe Chips per Round for the two rounds is 1.50 and, your Fringe Putts per Round for the two rounds is 1.00.

#### Green Diagram

Diagram to show where approach shots finish in relation to the green (displayed as a percentage). As an example, you hit four approach shots on a hole. The first two golf shots finish on the green. The third shot misses the green to the left and the fourth shot misses the green to the right. Your Green Diagram for the four golf shots is 50.0% accurate with 25.0% missing to the left and 25.0% missing to the right.

#### Greens in Regulation

The average number of times the golf ball finishes either in the hole or, on the green (of the hole being played), in two or more shots lower than the par of the golf hole (also displayed as a percentage). So, if your ball finishes on the green in one shot on a Par 3 hole, two or less shots on a Par 4 hole, three or less shots on a Par 5 golf hole and, four or less shots on a Par 6 hole, you are deemed to have hit the green in regulation. As an example, you play a round of golf. On sixteen of the eighteen holes, your ball finishes on the green in the regulation number of shots. Your Greens in Regulation for the round is 88.9%.

#### Greenside Bunkers per Round

The average number of holes per round where the golf ball finishes in a greenside bunker. As an example, you play two rounds of golf. In the first round, on two holes, your ball finishes in a greenside bunker. In the second round, on three holes, you ball finishes in a greenside bunker. Your Greenside Bunkers per Round for the two rounds is 2.50.

#### Hole Scores

The average number of eagles, birdies, pars, bogeys or others scores made either per round or, per golf hole (also displayed as a percentage). As an example, you play four Par 5 golf holes. Your scoring sequence over the four holes is birdie -- par -- par -- bogey. By scoring one birdie, your Par 5 Birdies for the four holes is 25%. By scoring two pars, your Par 5 Pars for the four holes is 50% and, by scoring one bogey, your Par 5 Bogeys for the four holes is 25%.

#### Lag Putting

The average distance of a player's second putt displayed as a percentage of the length of the first putt. The statistic only calculates when the first putt is both on the green and, greater than 15 feet (4.6 metres) long. As an example, you play two holes of golf. On the first hole, your first putt is 50 feet long and you leave a distance of 5 feet for your second putt. On the second hole, your first putt is 60 feet long and you leave yourself a distance of 6 feet for your second putt. Your Lag Putting ability for the two holes is 90.0%.

#### Lowest and Highest Round Score

The player's lowest and highest individual round scores.

#### Misses < 6 feet (1.8 metres) per Round

The average number of times per round a putt inside 6 feet (1.8 metres) long is missed. As an example, you play two rounds of golf. In the first round, you miss three putts inside 6 feet long and, in the second round you miss four putts inside 6 feet long. Your Misses < 6 feet (1.8 metres) per Round for the two rounds is 3.50.

#### Penalty Shots per Round

The average number of incurred penalty shots per round. As an example, you play two rounds of golf. In the first round, you incur a two shot penalty for being late on the first tee and, a one shot penalty for dropping from an unplayable lie on the third hole. In the second round, on the ninth hole, you lose a golf ball incurring a stroke and distance penalty shot. Your Penalty Shots per Round for the two rounds is 2.00.

#### Points per Round

The average number of points earned per round using the following points to score ratio:

- 10 points = Albatross or better
- 5 points = Eagle
- 2 points = Birdie
- 0 points = Par
- -1 point = Bogey
- -3 points = Double Bogey or worse

#### Putts per Green in Regulation

Make sure you have read and understand the Greens in Regulation statistic before reading this statistic.

The average number of putts taken per green hit in regulation. As an example, you play four golf holes and hit the green in regulation on three of them. On the three holes where you hit the green in regulation, you take a one putt, a two putt and a three putt to complete the holes. Your Putts per Green in Regulation for the three holes that count is 2.00.

#### Putts per Round

The average number of putts taken per round.

#### Rounds / Holes / Shots

The number of rounds, holes or golf shots from which the golf stats are derived.

#### Rounds Under Par or Rounds Level Par

The number of rounds the player has scored either lower than or equal to the Par of the course.

#### Sand Saves

The percentage of times (upon the golf ball finishing in a greenside bunker for the first time on a hole) that the golf ball finishes in the hole within two shots. As an example, during a round of golf, on three different holes, your golf ball finishes in a greenside bunker. On two of the holes, from the greenside bunker, you manage to complete the hole within two shots but, on the other hole, from the greenside bunker, you fail to complete the hole within two shots. Your Sand Saves for the round is 66.7%.

#### Score to Par after Birdie or Better

The average score to Par on the golf hole following a birdie or better score (taking into account both the start hole for the round and, the end hole where a birdie or better score is excluded because there is no subsequent hole to play). As an example, you play six holes of golf. Your scoring sequence over the six holes is birdie -- par -- bogey -- birdie -- bogey -- birdie. On the two counting holes immediately after making a birdie or better score, you score a par and a bogey. Your To Par after Birdie & better for the six holes is 0.50 shots over par per attempt.

#### Score to Par after Bogey or Worse

The average score to Par on the golf hole following a bogey or worse score (taking into account both the start hole for the round and, the end hole where a bogey or worse score is excluded because there is no subsequent hole to play). As an example, you play six holes of golf. Your scoring sequence over the six holes is bogey -- par -- bogey -- birdie -- bogey -- birdie. On the three counting holes immediately after making a bogey or worse score, you score a par and two birdies. Your To Par after Bogey & worse for the six holes is 0.67 shots under par per attempt.

#### Scrambling

Make sure you have read and understand the Greens in Regulation statistic before reading this golf stat.

The percentage of times the green is missed in regulation, but a par or birdie is still scored. As an example, you play four holes of golf. On the first and second hole, you do not hit the green in regulation but still manage to score a par on each hole. On the third and fourth holes, again you do not hit the green in regulation but this time, you go on to make a bogey on each hole. Your Scrambling for the four holes is 50.0%.

#### Shot Details

Whilst entering rounds of golf onto StrokeAverage.com, for each golf shot, the user has the option to enter extra details which are over and above the mandatory details. If the user chooses to enter extra details, those details (as well as the mandatory details) can filter the statistics by using the Shot Details panel. The different types of filters are:

- Approach Length = Filters golf shots with an approach length between the two measurements bands.
- Attempted Ball Flight = Filters draw shots and fade shots.
- Crosswind = Filters golf shots played with a left to right wind and, a right to left wind.
- Driving Distance = Filters golf shots with a driving distance between the two measurements bands. Par 3 holes are not included.
- Hole Par = Filters golf shots played on Par 3 holes, Par 4 holes, Par 5 holes and Par 6 holes.
- Pin Location = Filters golf shots played when the pin is located on different areas of the green.
- Shot Type = Filters full shots and pitch shots.
- Short / Long Siding = Filters golf shots either when the pin is located close to the edge of the green where the shot is to be played from (short siding where there is not much green on which the ball can land and run out to the hole) or, shots when the pin is located further away from the edge of the green where the shot is to be played from (long siding where there is a fair amount of green on which the ball can land and run out to the hole).
- Start Lie = Filters golf shots played from different lies.
- Strategy = Filters golf shots played which are aggressively aimed at the pin and, sensibly aimed away from the flag in an attempt to keep the ball away from trouble.
- Wind Assistance = Filters golf shots played with a head wind and, a tail wind.
- Wind Strength = Filters golf shots played when the wind is calm, light, medium and strong.

#### Stroke Average

The average number of golf shots taken per round or, per hole. As an example, you play two rounds of golf in scores of 70 and 72. Your Stroke Average for the two rounds is 71.

#### Sub-Regulation Accuracy per Round

Make sure you have read and understand the Greens in Regulation statistic before reading this statistic.

The average number of times per round the golf ball finishes either in the hole or on the green (of the hole being played) in three or more shots lowers than the par of the hole (also displayed as a percentage). So, if your ball finishes on the green in one shot on a Par 4 hole, two or less shots on a Par 5 hole or three or less shots on a Par 6 hole, you are deemed to have hit the green in sub-regulation. As an example, you play two rounds of golf. In the first round, you successfully hit the green in sub-regulation once and, in the second round, you successfully hit the green in sub-regulation twice. Your Sub-Regulation Accuracy per Round for the two rounds is 1.50.

#### Sub-Regulation Attempts per Round

Make sure you have read and understand the Greens in Regulation statistic before reading this statistic.

The average number of times per round where an attempt is made to hit the green (of the golf hole being played) in three or more shots lower than the Par of the hole. So, if you attempt to hit the green in one shot on a Par 4 hole, two or less shots on a Par 5 hole or, three or less shots on a Par 6 hole, you are attempting to hit the green in sub-regulation. As an example, you play two rounds of golf. In the first round, you attempt to hit the green in sub-regulation three times and, in the second round, you attempt to hit the green in sub-regulation four times. Your Sub-Regulation Attempts per Round for the two rounds is 3.50.

#### Tee Shot Accuracy

The percentage of times a golf shot played from the tee finishes either in the hole, on the green, on the fringe, or on the fairway (of the golf hole being played). Par 3 holes are not included. As an example, you hit four shots off a tee. The first three shots finish on the fairway with the last shot finishing in the trees. Your Tee Shot Accuracy for the four shots is 75.0%.

#### Up and Down Success

The percentage of times the golf shot following an approach shot or short game shot is holed. As an example, you play three chip shots which all finish on the green. You hole the following putt two out of three times. Your Up and Down Success for the three chip shots is 66.7%.

#### 0 to 4 + Putts per Round

The average number of times per round that a zero, one, two, three or four plus putt is taken on a hole. As an example, you play two rounds of golf. In the first round, you take one putt to complete eight of the holes and, you take two putts to complete the other ten holes. In the second round, you take one putt to complete six of the holes and, you take two putts to complete the other twelve holes. Your One Putts per Round for the two rounds is 7.00 and, your 2 Putts per Round for the two rounds is 11.00.

#### 3 + Putts per Round

The average number of times per round that a three putt is taken, when the length of the first putt is further than the first distance but shorter than or equal to the second distance. As an example, you play two rounds of golf. In the first round, on two of the holes where the first putt is longer than 50 feet, you take three putts. In the second round, on four of the holes where the first putt is longer than 50 feet, you take three putts. Your 3 + Putts per Round from 50 + feet for the two rounds is 3.00.