Statistics are important in all sports, but this especially the case with golf, because it’s the only true way to determine proficiency at the various areas of the game. One of the best things I ever did when I really wanted to begin tracking my golf progress was to start keeping statistics of every round I played. It didn’t matter if it was just a 3 hole practice session or a 3 day tournament. By keeping track of how many fairways I hit, greens hit or missed, putts per hole, etc. it started to give me the valuable data I needed to analyze what I was doing well or what I really needed to work on in my practice time.
At the time, I was just marking the stats down on the score card as I played each round, and then bringing them back home and writing them down on a legal pad. Eventually I setup a spreadsheet for this, but I found that I still liked having everything written down in an organized fashion that I could flip through easily or take to the course with me. I found a great book by USGTF Professional, Matt Gullo, called The 20th Hole: Stat Book and Log for Golfers This little notebook is set up perfectly for you to track your statistics for up to 40 rounds of golf. It also has sections to put down notes about things you’re working on or to remember key swing thoughts or mechanics your working on at the time.
How many times have you been working on a new little swing change, but the next time out, you couldn’t remember what you were doing the previous session? I keep notes of everything now, and just keep the book in my bag so I can pull it out whenever I need to reference it. Take a look at the screen shot below and you’ll get an idea of the setup for recording your stats for each round.
In this book, you also have a great section for practice notes as well as swing and shot tips for just about every golf shot or situation you might find yourself in. It’s a very good stats book, but it’s also an excellent quick reference guide that you can use when you practice to help keep you on the right track.
If you really want to see your game improve quickly, start keeping your stats during each round, recording them and analyzing your strengths and weaknesses so you can focus your practice sessions on the areas you need the most improvement.