Journey to Scratch Golf: Round 3 Lessons Learned

What’s going on today Golf Nation? It’s Masters week and I’m excited to watch Round 2 of the Masters today but first I had to get in an 18 hole round of golf on this beautiful day to collect more data to learn from. I’m hoping Jordan Spieth bounces back today after his +3 round 1.

I sure bounced back the past few rounds I’ve played after an awful first round of the season. If you missed what happened in the first few rounds of the 2017 golf season, catch up here:

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Scratch Golf Journey – Round 3 Statistics

Most people care less how other people do and care more about their own golf game. Believe me I know. So if you’re new to this blog series, here’s how I’ve been doing it to keep you interested.

Each post I detail out my statistics but I also try to show you what’s wrong with my game that might relate to other golfer’s games as well. I give helpful links to articles that address these problems so that you take some value away from this blog series in addition to any motivation or inspiration I might be creating for you.

But if you enjoy the statistics and data I share, then sweet, I’m not boring you (:

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First 9 Holes:

  • Golf Score = 41  (+5 over par)
  • Fairways in Regulation = 6/7 (vs 2/7 last round)
  • Greens in Regulation = 3/9 (vs 6/9 last round)
  • Scrambling = 1/6
  • Putts = 17
  • Birdies = 0
  • Pars = 4
  • Bogeys = 5
  • Double Bogeys = 0
  • 3 Putts = 0

Second 9 Holes:

  • Golf Score = 41  (+5 over par)
  • Fairways in Regulation = 3/7
  • Greens in Regulation = 3/9
  • Scrambling = 1/6
  • Putts = 17
  • Birdies = 0
  • Pars = 4
  • Bogeys = 5
  • Double Bogeys = 0
  • 3 Putts = 0

18 Hole Totals:

  • Golf Score = 82 (+10 over par)
  • Fairways in Regulation = 9/14 (64% vs 21% last round)
  • Greens in Regulation = 6/18 (33% vs 44% last round)
  • Scrambling = 1/12 (8% vs 11% last round)
  • Putts = 34 (vs 33 last round)
  • Birdies = 0
  • Pars = 8
  • Bogeys = 10
  • Double Bogeys = 0
  • 3 Putts = 0

Golf Swing Analysis:

Today’s round was productive and learned a lot from it. Each 9 hole set I did well hitting fairways today despite windy conditions. I was shocked to add up my front 9 and see that I hit 6/7 fairways. Approach shots to the green were good today as well. The GIR statistic is low because my approach shots were definitely affected by gusting winds.

Several approach shots came up short that were straight and online to hit the green. A few of the approach shots started online with the green but got pushed left or right by the wind missing to the side barely. So the statistic may not look great at 6/18 greens but I felt a lot better about my swing today and kept it under control. It very well could have been a 12/18 greens in regulation type of day.

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Scrambling Analysis:

On the bright side, missing the greens allowed me to learn more about the current skill level of my chipping and scrambling ability. Scrambling, in case you’re unfamiliar, is a golf statistic that tracks your ability to get up and down for par still when you miss the green.

I had 12 opportunities today to put my scrambling to the test and it didn’t go well as you can see by the 1/12 (8% conversion) statistic. About 6 of the holes my ball was just off the green a few feet to few yards and I botched the chip shots not getting them close enough to make putting easy on myself. The other 6 holes or so I was probably 10-20 yards away from the green making the up & down more challenging.

I discussed in Round 2 Analysis that my distance control is not very good right now for chipping and that was confirmed again today as I was leaving myself 6-10 foot putts on most holes.

Heading into practice next week, I’m going to be working a lot on my short game and particularly chipping distance control from different distances away from the green.

Overall Golf Round Analysis

I’m optimistic that I’m not far from breaking 80 and getting back to the mid 70’s. My swing is in a manageable state for now until I get time to fine tune it. My first priority is improving my short game as this is where I’m losing strokes. Today’s 82 could have been a 76 if I converted more up & downs, especially the easy ones I used to be able to convert when I was a scratch golfer a few years back.

Luckily, the Breaking 70 Golf Practice Program I’m following starting next week when Week 1 of practice begins, is set up to put heavy emphasis on short game practice. This is what I discovered matters most in getting your scores lower and separating the mid 70 scores from the par golf and under par scores.

Your golf swing can only improve so much before you’re keeping the ball in play and not losing strokes from your golf swing. At this point, the scoring focus shifts to how great your short game skills are. Putting and chipping is what I put the most emphasis on in high school and it’s what helped me get to scratch golf and win some tournaments with under par scores.

As I try to get back to scratch golf, I have this history and experience to use to my advantage. I’ll be hitting the short game practice hard, doing extra reps and sets outside of the reps and sets that the Breaking 70 Golf Plan has me do.

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