This scorecard is really going to open your eyes to where you spend shots close to the green. Collecting data while you play reveals exactly where you need to focus your time when practicing.
On the scorecard I benchmark 75 yards as the starting point for calculating the short game. This is a general number based on how far you hit the ball.
I determine short game from a full PW and in. So if you hit a PW 100 yards, change the 75 on the scorecard to 100. Your PW is your longest wedge and any distance shorter than that would be considered short game.
Use the key at the bottom of the scorecard to deduce what stats to best track. Check out the example below:
Shots to 75 yards and in. Here you count how many shots it took you to get close to the green or within your pitching distance (you pick that yardage). This number gives you feedback on your Long Game. A higher number may reflect that you need to take a closer look at exactly WHERE you are using these shots. For example, penalty shots, topped shots, struggle getting out of the rough.
Pitch Distance: Record the distance or your pitch shot and then if you hit the green. This reveals how consistent your are pitching an at what yardage you struggle or succeed. In case you miss your pitch and have another pitch there is a row to record it.
Chip Distance: Here record how far your chip was from the edge of the green. Then record is you got the chip on the green. If you are not likely to miss this shot badly enough that you miss the green, start recording the distance to the pin. How close you hit the chip.
Bunker: Record if you hit in the bunker and if you got the ball out. Since, depending on the golfer, this shot can lead to other short game shots, you may then need to record a chip, pitch or another bunker shot after this. Make a note on the bottom is you run out of room. This stat reveals your bunker consistency.
Green: Record the number of shots it took to get your ball on the green. This includes all full swing and short game shots except putting.
Putts Total: Recording your putts can be eye-opening on where most golfers waste a ton of shots. Also record the distance of each putt as you may notice that you three putt because your first putt is not close enough and you need to work on distance control. Or perhaps you hit it close but miss a lot of short putts.
Shots FROM 75 yards: This shows you how many shots you take close to the green.
Score on the Hole: Add them all up and write your score hear. This number should also equal the sum of Shots to 75 and Shots from 75 yards (the two yellow lines). It should also add up to the total of the two light green lines, Shots to Green and # of Putts.
Collect the data, review the data and work on the weakest part of your game before anything else. This is the best way to lower your score.
You CAN do this!
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