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Thanks for supporting Probable Golf Instruction. Heard from a few of you about your own game statistics and how they correlate with Dr. Riccio's research (last newsletter's topic). Would love to hear from more of you. I'm just an email away at probablegolf@yahoo.ca.

September PGI Contest

September's contest will be for Mental Toughness, a CD Rom by Dr. Fran Pirozzolo and endorsed by Justin Leonard, 1997 British Open Champion. As we head into fall and the off season, what a great way to start working on our mental games. Download any of my PGI Golf Tips or Reports. Buy a copy of the CD, Hit Down Dammit!, a supply of Stinger Tees, CaddyPatch Impressions, Swing Machine Golf, or Swing Speed Detector.

After you make a purchase, just email me a message at probablegolf@yahoo.ca with the subject heading, "PGI Member." You need to be a newsletter subscriber to qualify.

I've had some great success with the Tour Tempo CD sound tracks. I've hit balls listening to the tempos and even played on the course. I'm impressed how good my timing and ball striking are; the problem is transferring it to the course without using the CD aid. It concludes that all good pros have a 3 to 1 swing tempo (backswing to forward swing). Total swings times vary (slow and fast). Most amateurs' backswings are too slow. I suggest to read it. It comes with a CD of audios that can train the proper tempo for you. Get it here.

You owe it to your game to make the best of your abilities; become " Master of Your Own Game". Stand out and improve, even without hitting any balls!!

Here's to a long lasting life of great golf!

 

A Brief Message      Sept 24/04

  • Ken here from Probable Golf Instruction. Congratulations to the European Team in the Ryder Cup. Well played, guys! As cooler temperatures prevail, make sure you hit a little more club. There is about a half yard decrease for every degree drop in temperature.
  • In my last newsletter, I explained how the results of a study on Average Golfer Statistics. It re-emphasized the importance of a strong short game aka Dave Pelz's Short Game Bible.
    View the newsletter here.
  • In this issue, I'll explain how today's pros compare with the Average Golfer (i.e. you and the gang)
  • I've been playing with the Doppler Radar Swing Speed Detector produced by Sports Sensors, Inc. I've hit balls while listening to the Tour Tempo CD and noticed how the better I match the tempo, the greater the clubhead speed (and how well I hit the ball). I've ordered a bunch to sell from my site. They retail for $100 US but as a newsletter subscriber, you can get 10% off right now if you order by Saturday, September 25.

  • CaddyPatch Impressions just received "approval" by the PGA Tour Parteners Club members after
    their test of 1,000 oversized CaddyPatches by 1,000 different members. Approval will be announced in the Sept/Oct issue of the PGA Tour Partners
    Club magazine. Take a look at them here. They are a leather patch that fits on the face of the club. You can determine how you are mishitting the ball.
 
Golf Statistics Part 3: Comparison to PGA Tour

Read other Parts from the Technology & Distance series and Short Game series here, Archives.

Email me if you'd if there's anything you'd like to see discussed or analyzed in the next or future newsletters. Now on to this week's topic.

III. PGA Tour and Champions Tour Statistics

    If you recall from my last newsletter, I discussed the results of an analysis done by L.J. Riccio on average golfer statistics. I summarized some of his results in a table.

    I visited www.pgatour.com and looked up the statistics for the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour. I chose the statistics for 2004, although you can go back all the way to 1980. The site doesn't provide all of the statistics that Riccio measured.

    I downloaded the statistics into a spreadsheet and calculated the averages for both tours. You'll find the results in the table below. The PGA Tour averages are for the top 192 players and are in green. The Champion Tour averages are for the top 83 players and are in blue.

 
AVERAGE SCORE
Relationship
CATEGORY
71.3
72.0
71
75
79
81
85
89
91
95
99
 
GIR
11.6
11.8
12
10
8
7
5
3
2
0
0
Strong
% Fairways
63.5
69.8
81
71
61
56
46
36
31
21
11
Weak
Iron Accuracy
80
68
53
47
33
20
13
0
0
Good
Putts per Round
29.1
29.6
29.0
30.3
31.7
32.3
33.7
35.0
35.7
37.0
38.3
Weak
Pitch/Chip/Sand
5.1
7.4
9.8
10.9
13.3
15.6
16.8
19.2
21.5
Strong
Birdies
3.4
3.2
3.2
2.4
1.8
1.5
0.8
0.1
0
0
0
Strong
Pars
11.8
10.3
8.8
8.1
6.6
5.1
4.3
2.8
1.3
Strong

A couple of observations about the statistics keeping in mind that the PGA and Champion statistics are from 2004 and the rest of the statistics are from 1990:

     §  The statistics of the two tours agree fairly well with Riccio's data except
         for % Fairways hit. It might be that Riccio's sample of pros was quite small
         or that fairways are narrower now. As well, since pros are hitting longer
         now than in 1990, errors are clubface errors are magnified and fewer
         fairways are hit.

      §  The pros only hit on average 12 greens per round. How many do you hit?
         One can realize how important their short games need to be to score low.
         I can't emphasize enough the importance of 100 yards in. Improve this
         part of your game and you will realize lowers scores.

If I had a lot of time on my hands, I'd also be interested in determining how the various statistics of the pros can be used to predict score. There is a wealth of information you can access from www.pgatour.com . Unfortunately, you need the time and expertise to analyze it.

Are there any observations you can make about the statistics? Feel free to email me with your thoughts.

     Next time, my newsletter topic will reveal some of the results from my own studies of amateur golfer statistics. Take a preview here.

A list of resources that have been used to produce this newsletter can be found on my website here.

The focus of my site is to utilize science and math to lower your score. New technology is one way to achieve this, but to be honest, the technology is one small piece of the puzzle.

To actually improve significantly, we all need to:

1. Improve our swings using CD Interactive, Hit Down Dammit!

2. Learn how to swing simpler like the Iron Byron with the great coffee table book, Swing Machine Golf!

3. Improve our physical fitness and strength.
The Golf Trainer Power Performance Programô

4. Improve our mental games. Golf Mind Software

5. Improve our Probable Golf games. Learn how to make better choices on the course through knowing how shot patterns and reading the elements and course better.

Click on the links above to take a look at ways that I personally use myself and recommend you try as well.

Hope I provided some useful ways for to become better prepared for you best golf season ever.

Ken Tannar

 

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