Since the golf season is coming to a close here on the east coast, I thought I would take some time to review my stats for 2011 and compare them to my performance in 2010. First, let’s revisit my 2011 goals.
If you remember, at the end of the 2010 season, I set a goal to improve my iron play as I felt that was the biggest flaw in my game. My scoring on par threes and par fours was much worse than my scoring on par fives. I use my range time to really focus on my irons, especially the mid to long irons. I feel as though I have improved in that area of my game. I also feel like the TaylorMade hybrids I added to my bag have really helped in my long game. I also set a goal to break 70 this season, as it had been a few years since that happened.
Well, let’s look at the numbers.
I am definitely hitting more greens this season which is why my scoring average is down. I am a little disappointed that my average on the par threes increased this season as that, to me, is a true test of how well you hit your irons. I was able to make up the difference with better par five play and one third less “others” per round. Every golfer knows it is the others that can kill a golf round.
Overall I am pleased with my performance this season. I definitely saw improvements in many areas of my game. I think that the new equipment I added, moving away from my blades and into a more forgiving iron (TaylorMade RAC LT) made a big difference in my iron play. I also credit the Phil Mickelson short game video for helping me to improve my short game. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. Considering that Phil plays so many different shots around the green, he has a pretty simple philosophy – and it works.
My new tracking software (Strack.com) added a few new categories this year so I will be looking to improve my scrambling and bounce back (making par or better after making a bogey or worse) percentages next season.