Tuesday, January 15, 2013

New GolfWRX Column Is Up

What does it take for the best to “go low”?

One of the most frequent questions I receive is about the numbers behind “going low.” Fortunately with the ShotTracker and ShotLink data, we’re able to analyze what it takes to go low as executed by the types of golfers that go low the most, PGA Tour players.

For the sake of brevity, I will examine golfers who shot a round of 61 or better in the 2012 season. They were:

• Tommy Gainey (60 — The McGladrey Classic)
• Brian Harman (61 — The Honda Classic)
• Padraig Harrington (61 — The Transitions Championship)
• Tim Herron (61 — The Wyndham Championship)
• Hunter Mahan (61 — The Travelers Championship)
• Troy Matteson (61 — The John Deere Classic)
• Ryan Moore (61 — The Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open)

Robert Garrigus (The Humana Classic) and Charlie Wi (The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am) also shot rounds of 61. But, they were on courses that were not tracked by ShotTracker, so I will not include them in the analysis.

But first, we have to understand an important rule of going low. Golfers make a significantly smaller percentage of birdie putts than putts for par or worse.

Here’s a look at the make percentage of birdie putts versus non-birdie putts on Tour in 2012.

To Read the Rest, go to: http://www.golfwrx.com/63409/what-does-it-take-for-the-best-to-go-low/


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