bkuehn1952 vs the LPGA: A statistical showdown
By bkuehn1952 on 9/11/12
The man needs no introduction by now, but at oob we believe those who deserve to be recognized should be recognized. Therefore, it's is my greatest pleasure to share with you Brian "bkuehn1952" Kuehn's latest submission. And in case you missed any of his 33 previous posts, I've linked them out here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here. Enjoy!
As we all know, one of the more interesting aspects of golf is that everyone, to a certain extent, rank amateur to elite professional, plays the same game - same rules, same playing field, same equipment. Not exactly the same, of course. The venues and conditions of the professional game are significantly more difficult than those faced by the average Joe Golfer and the tuned set of clubs played by the pros are several notches above what we purchase from Dick's Sporting Goods. The similarities remain, however, as does the ability to compare oneself to the professionals.
Being a somewhat statistical driven person, as probably many of we oobers are, I wondered how my game compared to the professionals on a statistical basis. Initially, I thought to compare myself to the PGA. Frankly, my game bears little resemblance to what Tiger, Rory and the gang do on a weekly basis so I figured it made more sense to look elsewhere. The Champions and Web.com tour players are similarly light years ahead of me and my game. No, sadly, my game most closely parallels the LPGA.
Watching the LPGA is fun. I can relate to the ladies when they hit an 8 iron from 140 yards. If I kept accurate numbers on driving distance my suspicion is that I would be one of the "ladies" searching for another 25-30 yards to compete with Yani (269 yards) and Suzanne (266 yards). For fun I sat down and ran some other numbers.
This was written by Brian Kuehn, a reader/follower/fellow oober and the opinions are 100% his and do not reflect those of oobgolf in anyway. Enjoy! I'm sure he's ready for your feedback.
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Great article! Based on the stats you compare, I am hitting about 48% of fways, have around 32 putts per round, GIR - practically non-existent, Sand saves - don't track...Total Money - won couple of bucks from my son in an informal closest to pin on par 3's during a round. Speaking of the ladies, my wife just started playing and she was kicking my a** on a few holes. So LPGA players still light years ahead of my game.
Good stuff Brian. You are doing great for an recreational player. It's the Hanna Kang's, Stephanie Kono's etc who need to lock themselves in the bathroom, take a good hard look in the mirror and ask themselves just what the hell has gone wrong with their golf games.
very interesting article Brian; however, I've just got even more depressed about my game... i cannot even remotely relate to the LPGA stats... 32% fairways and 33% GIR... wow i need to improve...
haha i'm not even close to any of that. 54% gir, 49% driving, and 34 putts. Man, i wish i hit like a girl.
Interesting because the ladies don't hit it that much further (except off the tee) but you got to remember that these are world class athletes and one would never try to compare to world class female swimmers, runners, etc. I instead like to use the stats to keep myself in perspective. If the pro's only hit 65%(men)/70%(women)of fairways, then I shouldn't expect myself to hit 90% (actually pretty pleased with 59% - just need to lessen the number of really bad drives). Likewise, the pros who are highly skilled and practice all the time save only about 50% of holes from sand bunkers, my expectations should be much lower. I think I saw somewhere that mid-handicappers save from the sand about 10% of the time - seems about right to me - my goal is to get out and 2 putt or less every time - getting better but not there.
As I have been shooting in the low-mid 80's recently (and even got lucky twice to break 80), I have been tracking some stats from a Golf magazine article from a year ago on how to break 80. They went something like this - players who break 80 hit the fairway 62%, hit the green from 150 and in 50%, scramble for par 35%, and make 60% of putts from 4'-8'. I tend to fall just short in every category, which is why I shoot low-mid 80's.:)
Matt F says:
I don't even need to look at my stats to tell you I'm dead last...I need to take up bowling. lol
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