Scratch Golf Challenge: Round 2 Analysis

What’s poppin’ Golf Nation! Are you all caught up on the Scratch Golf Blog Series thus far? If not, click that link and go check it out. Today I’ll be diving into my second round of golf this season, analyzing what went right, what went wrong, and important lessons you can take away to help your golf game!

These first few rounds of golf have been strictly to gather data. It’s a brand new golf season that we’ve just kicked off in April 2017 and the expectations are high this season as I work to get back to scratch golf in a few months time following the Breaking 70 Golf Practice Plan.

Following the conclusion of high school golf, I rarely played during the past 4 years in college at Ohio State which has led to a sharp decline in skill level, particularly in the short game area.

You are seeing the day to day grind it takes to achieve scratch golf status, which is one of the coolest milestones you can reach as a golfer. Less than 1% of golfers achieve scratch golf status with the USGA handicap system.

If you’re ready, let’s hop right into the data gathered from Round 2 of the season. But first, subscribe to the email newsletter so you can receive weekly tips, lessons, updates, and more straight to your inbox allowing you to never miss a beat.

What I Discovered About My Golf Game – Round 2

Yo, so in round 1 I played a quick 9 holes and shot a disastrous, but expected, 48 (+12 over par). I discovered that I’m still hooking the golf ball as my natural swing tendency and that my short game is pretty bad.

In Round 2, I confirmed that I definitely have a hooking issue in my golf swing and will be scheduling some lessons with the head teaching pro if trying to self-fix it on the driving range doesn’t work out. I’ll be video taping myself swinging at the range with the Canon G7x Mark ii camera and reviewing the footage in slow motion at home to see what’s happening in my golf swing.

nick foy golf round

Chipping was also less than stellar as I converted very few up and down opportunities. Right now there are two major issues. One, is that most of my chips are coming up short, leaving me 5-10 foot putts to save par. Two, is that my 60 degree wedge contact is struggling as I’ve had several blades off the heel sending the chip side ways.

Iron distance was much better in round 2 as my short and mid irons were going their usual distances compared to round 1 where I was coming up short often. However, I did notice fatigue near the end of the 18 hole round and adjusted by taking extra club on my approach shots into the green.

Key lesson: if you’re playing competitive golf and have to walk 18 holes then make sure you stay hydrated, eat a snack midway through the round for energy, and start taking extra club near the end of the round to compensate for fatigue in your golf swing.

Golf Statistics from Round 2 – Journey to Scratch Golf

First 9 Holes:

  • Golf Score = 41  (+5 over par)
  • Fairways in Regulation = 2/7
  • Greens in Regulation = 6/9
  • Scrambling = 0/2
  • Putts = 17
  • Birdies = 0
  • Pars = 5
  • Bogeys = 3
  • Double Bogeys = 1
  • 3 Putts = 1

Second 9 Holes:

  • Golf Score = 42  (+6 over par)
  • Fairways in Regulation = 1/7
  • Greens in Regulation = 2/9
  • Scrambling = 1/7
  • Putts = 16
  • Birdies = 0
  • Pars = 3
  • Bogeys = 6
  • Double Bogeys = 0
  • 3 Putts = 0

18 Hole Totals:

  • Golf Score = 83 (+11 over par)
  • Fairways in Regulation = 3/14 (21%)
  • Greens in Regulation = 8/18 (44%)
  • Scrambling = 1/9 (11%)
  • Putts = 33
  • Birdies = 0
  • Pars = 8
  • Bogeys = 9
  • Double Bogeys = 1
  • 3 Putts = 1

The Hook is Real

As you can tell from the data, I was hooking most tee shots which lead to only 3 fairways hit out of 14. On the bright side, I was still able to hit several greens but most were par 3’s.

Oh No, I 3 Putted Finally

I did have my first 3 putt of the season. Let’s start a challenge between you and me from here forward though! Let’s see how many consecutive holes we can go without 3 putting. Comment your streak below in the comments or shoot me an email letting me know how you’re doing:

Scrambling Clarification

I usually only count scrambling (aka Up & Down) opportunities if I’m down by the green after my approach shot, that would have been a green in regulation. If you shank one off the tee box 10 yards and then never make it close to the green until 3 shots later, then I don’t consider it a scrambling opportunity. Only when I’m in position to chip and one putt for par do I count scrambling. So you’ll notice on my double bogey above, that I didn’t have an up and down chance so it made my count 0/2 instead of 0/3 which doesn’t match the 6/9 greens. I’m sure someone was thinking if I missed 3 greens I should have had 0/3 on scrambling to counter the missing 3 holes but it’s not the case since I wasn’t even close to having a scrambling opportunity on that hole.

Overall Takeaway

Good news, I’m not doing so well to start the golf season! I’m shooting in the 80s which should put me on the same level as many of our readers. This is great because it will motivate many of you to reach scratch golf with me because if I can do it, so can you. It takes hard work and lots of time fine tuning your golf game, but it is totally doable as you’ll see during this blog series.

So if you’re scoring in the 80s, open up your mind to the reality that you can cut off 10-15 strokes from your golf score and get your handicap down to scratch golf.

Start by following my practice plan, which you’ll see more of in the coming posts when I start practice. I’ve got a few more rounds to play to gather initial data so I can see where I stand and know how far I’ve come in the future when I retest my skills.

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