Terms used in Golf Stats Coach

What are Strokes Gained golf stats?

Strokes gained golf stats as used by the PGA and European Tours is a new way of measuring the skills of the different aspects of a player's golf game.  In simple terms, strokes gained golf stats are a player's performance vs. a benchmark.  In Golf Stats Coach we have multiple benchmarks you can choose from to measure yourself against.  If a player has a SG of -1.2 for a specific shot, category etc. it simply means that the player's performance was 1.2 shots worse than the benchmark.  Conversely, if a player has a + number, it means that the player was better than the benchmark.


yards, meters and feet

You have the option of recording your full shots in either yards or meters. Putts are always recorded in feet. You can switch between yards and meters in the profile section of the app.

PLEASE NOTE:

If you switch between yards and meters, the rounds recorded in the other unit of measure (the one you switched from) will not be available to view in the stats area. You will have to switch back to view those rounds. Yards and meters rounds will not be mixed when you view your stats.

Golf Stats Coach - Yards, meters and feet

record wind, shape of shot and strike on club face

Click these buttons when starting a new round to record the wind direction and wind strength on each shot, shape of your shots and strike on the club face. You have the option to select any, all or none of these.  Just keep in mind that if you don't record the information, you won't have access to the stats surrounding it in the stats section of the app. 

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penalty area

When your ball finished inside the margin of a penalty area.  When your ball finished inside the margin of the penalty area and the ball is playable then also select this option.

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Unplayable

When your ball finished in an unplayable lie and you have to take a penalty drop, select this option.

Where did your shot end up? - Unplayable

fairway but target was green

When you aimed to hit the green, missed your target and ended up on the fairway or fringe around the green.

Where did you shot end up? - fairway but target was green

target line blocked

 

When you finished in a position where you can't hit your normal shot at your target (fairway or green). Examples of this could be when you are blocked by trees, in a lie so deep in the rough that you have to hit a 9 iron instead of a 6 iron or in a deep bunker where you have the lip in your way.

This lie could be in the rough or bunker.

Target line blocked

SG number after completion of hole

This is your total strokes gained or lost for this hole.

Strokes gained stats after hole

Additional penalty incurred

This is when you incurred a penalty that is outside of the normal course of play and was not added to your score automatically.

This is not to be selected for a ball ending in a penalty area, unplayable lie, out of bounds or lost ball.  These penalties are automatically calculated.  

Additional penalty incurred

Driving

All shots hit from the Tee on par 4 and par 5 holes. Shots hit from the Tee on par 3 holes are listed under Approach Shots.

Driving

Approach

All shots hit from a distance of 36 yards/meters and up, excluding Driving.

Approach

Short Game

All shots hit up to a distance of 35 yards/meters, excluding Putting.

Short Game

Putting

All shots hit with a starting lie of green. When a putter is used from off the green, it is not counted under Putting.

Putting

My best shots

Your 5 highest gaining shots against your chosen benchmark for the round. In other words, your 5 shots with the highest SG for the round.

My best shots

My worst shots

Your 5 biggest losing shots against your chosen benchmark for the round. In other words, your 5 shots with the lowest SG for the round.

My worst shots

What can I work on?

Long Game (Driving and Approach) - your two biggest SG (Strokes Gained) losing categories for the round.

Short Game + Putting - your two biggest SG losing categories for the round. In other words, exactly what you should work on to shoot a lower score next time.

What can I work on?

What if?

What if you didn’t hit those bad shots during this round? We take your 5 worst shots and turn them into a SG of zero and show you what you would have shot it those bad shots didn’t happen.

What if?

my best score

Your lowest total score on a round of 18 holes to date.

My best score

My best effort

Your best Driving, Approach, Short Game and Putting Strokes Gained numbers to date, put together to show you what your potential is.

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Benchmark

A level of golf you can measure yourself against. Strokes Gained is measured vs. a set benchmark. You have the option of picking your benchmark in the profile section.

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Greens hit - approach

The average number of greens hit in these locations with Approach Shots. These are not necessarily Greens In Regulation.

Greens hit - Approach shots

Greens missed - approach

The average number of greens missed in these locations with Approach Shots.

Greens missed - Approach Shots

Different sides of green - Short Game

The average Strokes Gained plus shots played per round with short game shots played from these locations.

Different sides of green - Short Game