Quality of quantity! You’ve heard the saying but how do you apply this to your golf game. More importantly, how do you identify what’s working and what areas seek more attention. The key lies in statistical analysis, tracking and reporting every shot to gain insight into what you are doing well and what your tendencies are when things are sideways. With this data, you can then spend quality time at the course working on the more important parts of your game….that’ll see dramatic improvements in your scores on the course.
PGA Tour players are fortunate, they are accurately recorded via ShotLink on every single part of their game. This data provides them with all the tools to pin-point what they are doing well and what areas they can improve. .
Amateurs, you have to do most of the leg work unfortunately but don’t worry this playing diary will get you started. It’s real simple, while playing keep a second scorecard from the group (that way you can quickly make everything down – without distraction). Track fairways hit (you can add L for left miss, R for right miss if you want to get even more specific), greens in regulation, the distance on your first putt (eyeball average will do) and the number of putts made.
The reason I’m suggesting this method over an app is there is less distraction. This lets you play golf, focus on the shot and enjoy yourself out there. Writing these stats down take less than a minute before you tee off on the next hole. There is some manual labor after the round imputing the data into the playing diary however I find that to be helpful when looking back at the round an analyzing everything.
To start download the playing diary below and save it to your computer. Each diary tracks 10 rounds, each score and data you enter will automatically compute in the 10 round summary page. After 10 rounds you’ll get a very good picture of what areas of your game you are excelling and what areas you can work more on.
The dairy is a simple, yet highly effective overview of your round. As you progress with tracking you can then add more elements to it. For example, # chips, penalty shots, sand saves, fairway miss tendencies, course management, shot focus (were you committed, undecided and/or rushed the process). The goal starting out is keep it simple, get data and effectively analyze to provide you with the quality over quantity push when it comes to practice.
- DOWNLOAD FILE
Right Click the above link and select "Save Link As" to save to your computer.