Rickie Fowler Goes 57 of 57 Inside 7′

File under: “Misleading Stat of the Week”

Rickie Fowler went 57 of 57 putting from inside 7′ in winning the Honda Classic at PGA National the past four days, and the statistic is being touted across the Internet and on Morning Drive as an astounding feat.

Rickie Fowler was fifth in strokes gained putting (SGP) for the week. So that’s a great week of putting. But was it his success from inside of 7′ that vaulted him to the top of the SGP list and the leaderboard? Rickie putted really, really well this week.

But did he putt as well as “57 of 57 inside 7′” implies?

No.

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You Are a Bad Fairway Bunker Player – but Don’t Bother Trying to Improve

We hope the title of this article got your attention… because in only the few minutes it takes to read we are going to give you important, ACTIONABLE, information which WILL have you shooting lower scores this season. First, let us assure you that the title wasn’t meant to be a mean spirited shot at your golf game but, rather, it was meant to make you aware of just how UNIMPORTANT fairway bunker shots (as one example) are to your ability to shoot lower scores (and later we’ll tell you about a few of the important skills that really matter). You see, fairway bunker shots have an extremely low Separation Value (SV: a measure of a skill’s potential to affect your score) and spending time attempting to improve your fairway bunker play is, for the most part, a waste of your time.

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Instructors: Now Teaching Lowest Score Wins Clinics!

Lowest Score Wins was the greatest golf book you’ve ever read, right? 🙂 Reading a single book changed your game for the better and changed your practice habits? Yes? Then imagine expanding on the important concepts, first hand, with an instructor personally trained by us (Dave and Erik). Starting this February, instructors will be teaching Lowest Score Wins clinics nationwide and it’s easy for YOUR instructor (as long as they’ve read the book) to be part of this quickly expanding group of top-notch, cutting-edge instructors.

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Jordan Spieth is Great from 15-25 Feet… and It Doesn’t Matter At All

Over the past few weeks, we’ve heard – particularly from certain announcers or commentators – about how great Jordan Spieth is from 15-25 feet. And the statistic is true: Jordan has ranked very highly (often #1, currently #2) in that stat on the PGA Tour. It’s right here if you want to have a look: http://www.pgatour.com/stats/stat.02328.2015.html .

But… we rank 15-25 feet as an SVâ‘  skill. We say that there is almost no separation to be had in this area. Yet… Jordan Spieth has had a pretty great year, that’s undeniable. And he’s been one of the leaders in the 15-25′ category all year too, so… maybe we missed something? Maybe there’s something to this?

Let’s take a look.

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