Explained: Shots to Finish

We are often asked if we offer a “Strokes Gained” system and then how our own version, “Shot to Finish”, is beneficial to golfers. Here’s a quick overview which will answer your questions so you can better understand the stats on your dashboard.

Shots to Finish is a system created for handicap golfers to be able to evaluate the effect of lie, distance and club on scoring. It breaks down performance to one number which is the number of shots that that shot cost or saved the golfer. It makes analyzing the golfer’s game very easy and areas of improvement can be quickly identified.

For example, a player may take on average 3.2 shots to finish the hole when their approach to the green is from the fairway with a 7 iron, however, the same player might average 3.7 shots to finish the hole with a 7 iron from out of the rough and 4.3 from fairway bunkers. It can then be ascertained that hitting into fairway bunkers costs the golfer at least 0.6 shots each time.

If you have any further questions please get in touch with us as support@shotscope.com.

Sizing up the Green Jacket for 2017

The 2017 Masters kicks off today and since all golf fans enjoy making a prediction on who will win the first major of the season we have delved into some of the key statistics to try and pick out some potential winners. Looking at the previous years at Augusta National, there are a few statistics that stand out amongst others as being important to having a strong week. The first of these is Average Driving Distance, Augusta has always been a course that favours long hitters and this year will be no different, especially if the wet forecast is to be believed.  A second key stat is average proximity to the hole with approach shots, hitting greens is important at every tournament, however, with the extreme difficulty of getting the ball up and down at Augusta it makes hitting greens paramount. The third and final statistic that will be used to predict this year’s green jacket winner is Par 5 scoring average, the par 5’s at Augusta are all reachable in two and therefore it is imperative that you take advantage of the par 5’s over the week.

It may come as a surprise that a putting statistic is not included when trying to predict this year’s winner, however, putting is actually of less importance at Augusta than it is other weeks on tour. This was shown in 2014 with Bubba Watson not even ranking in the top 10 for putting on his route to victory.

In order to make our predictions, we tallied together the 2017 stat ranking for each player in average driving distance, average proximity to the hole and Par 5 scoring average.

And here are the top 5 predictions from our formula:

Player Driving Distance Proximity to the hole Par 5 Scoring Average Total
Rory Mcilroy 1 6 1 8
Dustin Johnson 2 3 6 11
Sergio Garcia 18 24 13 55
Hideki Matsuyama 23 36 2 61
Jon Rahm 21 20 27 68

Do you think we’ve picked a winner? Let us know who you’re backing for the green jacket in the comments below.

Happy Master week!

 

– Ally Millar, Commercial Assistant

 

The Best Golfers in The World vs Oakmont Country Club

I’m sure you have been reading about the tough test that faces the players at the 2016 U.S. Open but really how hard is Oakmont CC?

Oakmont CC is ranked 11th on Golf Digests ‘The World’s 100 greatest courses’ list and is ranked 5th in Golf Digests ‘Top 50 Hardest courses in America’. In the run up to the 2007 U.S. Open the course went under various renovations. It was lengthened, bunkers became deeper and 4,000 trees were removed from the course.

The U.S Open yardage has been lengthened to 7,230 yards. This includes the two par 5’s which reach over 600 yards, especially the monster 12th which has a total distance of 667 yards. There are five par 4’s over 470 yards (1st,7th,9th,15th & 18th), and of course the 8th, the longest par 3 in U.S. Open history at a whopping 288 yards.

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Young Guns Taking Poll Position on The LPGA

Over the weekend Brooke Henderson became the KPMG Women’s PGA champion. At just the young age of 18 she joined Lydia Ko on becoming the youngest to ever win the tournament. She beat World No.1 Ko in a sudden death play-off to capture her first major victory at Sahalee CC in Sammamish, Washington.

Having young inspiring females winning and showing form at the highest stage of the game, will surely encourage growth of the game. The current top ten in the women’s game are all under the age of 30 and the top 8 are all under 25. The women’s game is showcasing a large amount of very young talent, and it is making for more exciting golf.

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Rory Returns to Major Winning Putting Grip

A lot of people were questioning the young Irish player’s decision on returning to a conventional putting grip but after his performance last week at Memorial it seems to have been the correct decision. This past week at Muirfield Village, Rory McIIlroy returned his best 4 round average for strokes gained putting in his career. The 1.826 SGP average helped him finish T-4th at The Memorial Tournament and he finished 3rd for strokes gained putting in the field that week.

The four-time major winner hasn’t exactly had misfortune with putting left-hand-low this season and that is why making this change so close to the second major of the year is questionable. Rory started putting left-hand-low after a missed cut at the Honda Classic and since then has finished T-3, T-27, 4, T-10, T-4, T-12 and importantly also won the Irish Open with the unconventional grip. All fantastic results and so far seems to be having a very strong 2016 season. So why the change?

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Gareth Bale Kicking Golf Up a Gear

Real Madrid footballer Gareth Bale is looking to make an impact on the golf course instead of the football pitch. He is currently promoting a change to the format of golf, making the game speedier. He is an avid golfer and Bale announced to Instagram following about SPRINT6GOLF last week.

SPRINT6GOLF is a new format, played over six holes. The golfer is only allocated 30 seconds to execute each golf shot. Golfers can download the app straight to their phone. It explains the rules and has an integrated stop watch.

You’re probably wondering what happens if you take too long, there must be some sort of penalty? Well, if you take too long over a shot you get a yellow card giving you a warning. If you do it for a second time you then receive a red card and a one shot penalty.

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