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The pro chronicle : Whi wasting time on the Green ?

  Always looking for ways to help players become more proficient on both the golf course and in their workout time, I am excited to read one of the best books ever written on the subject of improving the golf course,  » Every Shot Counts « (All Hits Rely) of  Mark Broadie  and if you want to raise your game to the next level, I highly recommend you find time to read it.

« Every Shot Counts » is the story of how statistics conventional golf, we all looked at one time or another, can be misleading and can hinder your improvement. A very good example in the book is when Brody speaks Statistical putts per round and how they can be biased.

Think: Statistical putts per round does not take into account the fact that many putts a player could come after a chip, not an iron shot to the green and it does not give either the length of the putt .

Brody suggests many other ways to look at putting, ways to improve your approach and improve your scores.

I want to show you here how you train your putting and you made it so that you do not improve you as fast as you could do, if you do not amélioriez you all!

There are two objectives that each player should focus when he works his putting:

1 Putter mostly statistical distances that mean something realistic to his level of play.

2 The elimination of three putts statistical distances that mean something realistic to his level of play.

Here is a table that shows the probability of a successful putt from different distances depending on the skill level of the player:

Figures …


  • For all types of player, a putt under 60cm is almost guaranteed to be true.
  • For the best players, putts 90cm are also almost guaranteed to be achieved unless something exceptional happens.
  • For players 18 Hcp, 90cm putts are starting to become an issue … (84% success).
  • Between 1m50 and 2m40, Statistics successful putt turn player down drastically.
  • 1m50 and 2m40 always between a scratch player begins to show weaknesses in his putting.
  • Beyond 1.50m, players 18 Hcp have great difficulty making a 1putt, chances are 50% !!!
  • A 3m, a turn player realizes THAT 40% of his putts.
  • A 6m, a player 18 Hcp is more than half as good a player scratch, but the difference between a scratch player and a player of the tour is around 1%.


Figures show that 18 hcp players should train more on putts between 1.20m and 3m and should stop playing too long putts while maintaining primary objective to maintain their average of 60 and 1 putt 90cm.

Here is a table showing the probabilities of players of different levels to have a 3putts at different distances:

Some figures in more detail …


  • Putts made between 6 and 9m are essentially a waste of time for scratch players
  • The definition of long putt for a 18 hcp should start 6 or 7m.
  • For Pros and scratch players, the definition of long putt should start from 12m.
  • From 15m, the average golfer plays three putts.

Short summary of it:

The pro tour should not worry much until it reaches 15 m and it has a ball inside the 2.50m he has a very good chance to convert a 1putt.

Second, on the greens of normal turn (can not be at Augusta), a pro should not have much trouble putting the ball in 2-3m even on putts with difficult slopes, he still has a good chance of convert see having more than two putts.

Based on the data, a pro should work on putts 2-3m as well as outside 15m to exploit these distances more efficiently.

Also, you can see that around 12-15 m, a pro needs to focus on the act of putting the ball near the hole.

However, these players have a safety margin that you will not see with average players.

Average players succeed putts inside 1.50m only 66% of the time. That is why average players should focus become better putters on short putts in the range of 1.50m to 3m. These putts are much more important to their score as they make putts of 5 and 15 m.

Average players should start their training immediately on putts 5-6m, ensuring that they have the appropriate sense to place the ball near the hole longer distances.

Remember that the jurisdiction of average players in shorter distances, is essentially performing from the time they get a ball in the hole 1.50m, beyond this distance will be missed more than half of their second putts.

Therefore a key means for players is to become more competent and efficient 1.50m to 3m so they have a better chance for longer distances. If you are an average and if you can not put your putts 10-12m in a circle around the hole 1.50m player, your chances of two putts decrease drastically. It is the pressure that puts the weakness of putting runs on the average player.

I hope you understand the importance and how to use the stats. You can also schedule training or putting your analysis with graphs and data from the book by Mark Broadie.

The book also shows stats for all parts of the game you will find useful, but the part about 1putt 3putt and is very interesting.

I hope this article will help you make the most of your workout and improve your score a bit.


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