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