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?
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.
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.
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 SV① 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.
We’ve just published a new video to the Member Content area…
It deals with the topic of advancing your ball. Great players almost never fail to advance their ball, and that means hitting it solidly. Check out the video for more…
If you buy Lowest Score Wins, you’ll learn about “Separation Value.” We break down the skills in golf that allow you to shoot your lowest score by their ability to separate yourself from others.
Something we call “Greenside Shots” are an SV③ skill, and thus fairly important.
This video highlights a fun, easy way to test whether your pitching skills are allowing you to properly use the club’s “glide” to slide the clubhead on the ground and properly pitch two, three, even four golf balls with the same swing. Maybe even five…
Have a look.
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The quote above is an example of one of the comments we’ve received with large orders of books over the past couple months. We’d like to give a huge thanks to all the pros out there who have purchased multiple copies of Lowest Score Wins to give to their members and clients. We knew that other instructors would be able to use lots of the information in LSW to help their students but we didn’t consider, upfront, how many books would be purchased in this manner. Hundreds and hundreds of them have gone out to students that we would never have had the chance to share this information with…so thank you again for that!
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We’ve added an article to our Member Content about taking the long view with your GamePlan – what works over five, ten, or even 20 rounds may not work the very first time you try it. Check it out…
We received this email a few days back and thought it provided a good opportunity to discuss just what percentage of a typical score putting amounts to:
Does putting really account for 42% of your score?
If you look at a broad overview of the numbers it stands to reason that the 40+% range is fairly accurate. Consider an 80s shooter who averages 36 putts and you end up right about at the 42-43% number. Makes sense… right? Well, maybe not.
Let’s look at the numbers again — this time keeping Separation Value in mind. Of the 36 putts the 80s shooter takes approximately nine of them are tap-ins (putts with absolutely no Separation Value). This leaves only 27 other putts. Subtract, further, the four putts (an average) that are within the 15-25 foot range (very little Separation Value) and only 23 putts remain. All of these remaining putts have reasonable Separation Value so they are worth counting in this breakdown. Take those 23 putts and weigh them against, say, 73 total shots (86 minus the nine tap-ins and four 15-25 footers) and it’s easy to see that putting actually accounts for only about 30% of the total strokes taken in a normal round… not the generally accepted 40+%.
We aren’t by any means suggesting you stop practicing putting but we are suggesting that you look hard at Separation Value and the statistics that govern your PracticePlan and GamePlan. Practice with a proper breakdown of skills and shoot lower scores.
We just want to take a minute to thank those who have bought books so far, as well as those who will buy in the next few weeks, months, years… (??? :-D). We enjoy what we do partly because of all the great people we get to meet, talk to, and share ideas with on a daily basis. We’re getting to know the postal workers at our local post office on a first-name basis! That’s a great thing, as lots of golfers are learning how to shoot lower scores.
Lowest Score Wins is the result of years of thought and ideas. Though the book was written in about seven months, we’ve been working on these concepts for almost as long as we’ve been working together, and we hope that you like the results. We feel that this approach is comprehensive and has never been done before: we not only offer you ways to improve long term by building a PracticePlan and helping you to spend your time on high-SV skills, but we help you to improve immediately with the GamePlanning section, Shot Zones, and Decision Mapping.