Poll Results: What is the Most Important Statistic in Golf?

Posted: December 2, 2010

The results are in – and more than half of the Team Titleist members that participated in our latest Quick Poll agreed: Greens in Regulation (G.I.R.) should be at the top of your checklist when tracking statistics for game improvement.

Putting Average was second on the list, according to Team Titleist members, while both driving statistics (Driving Distance and Driving Accuracy) were considered to be of lesser importance.

Your opinions fell right in line with those of our Titleist Performance Golf Ball Fitting experts, who are currently touring the country educating golfers on Titleist's green-to-tee methodology.

Golfers play more shots to the green than from the tee. The higher the score, the more shots that have been hit to the green.

When you focus on improving the areas of your game that require the majority of your strokes, you'll find the greatest opportunity to lower your score. Tracking and improving your G.I.R. is an important part of that process. Making sure you are playing the right golf ball for your game is another.

What are you doing to improve your G.I.R.?



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Vincent a


I read the stats and opinions.  However, how can your GIR'S be the most important or your putting if it takes you 6 or 7 or 8 strokes to get to the green?  Driving has to be more important. I use my own play, if I am driving well, I score low. I think a lot of comments are generated by individuals who read "golf expert's" and feel that they must echo their comments.  Just think GIR'S and putting does not come into play if your drive is not in a location where you can go to the green.

I play on a course that has no adjacent  fairways so if you push or pull your drive you are in jail. Driving counts.

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Zack R


I totally do not agree. The average golfer normally does not find the green in regulation. I think putting average should be more important because if you are left in a situation then if you one putt you have got out of the predicament without one or two more strokes.

Limpin'' In


I tend to agree with the article, with a couple comments.  You cannot have low GIRs without driving it well.  Hit is too short and you can't get to the green in regulation.  Hit it in trouble off the tee and most folks cannot "get well" with the next shot.  The highly manicured courses and the wide fairways on Tour have resulted in the "bomb and gouge" discussion.  Most of us don't play those courses on a regular basis.  You have to get off the tee to have respectable GIRs.

Putting averages are greatly dependent on the size of greens on the course you play... and your GIRs.   Our home course has postage stamp greens.  My GIRs are low, but so are my putts per round.  Why?  I have had much practice with a chipping game that can find the first putt close to the hole.  When I play courses with larger greens, my GIRs go up and so do my number of putts.

At most of our level of play, we have to remember how great this game is... and how this game can kick us in the shins.  We can practice on aspect of the game until we have it mastered.  Have one or two excellent rounds with that aspect.  The next time out, it can be as if we've never held a club in our hands.  I love this game.....  :>)

John B


Seems when I hit the faiway I  hit the greens more often. Long in the fairway is always good

How did the ball eval come out

Josh P


To improve my G.I.R i am working on driving it down the middle and swinging nice and steady with my approach shot to knock it close. This should result into getting out with a par or maybe catch a break and get birdie.

Alexander S


i think the driving distance is more important than 9%!

Deno


I think both driving catagories should be higher.  You can average 2 putts every green all day, but if your chopping along out of the rough, you'll be seein' snowmen.

And not the really cool Titleist snowmen!! LOL

Deno

Todd P


"I read the stats and opinions.  However, how can your GIR'S be the most important or your putting if it takes you 6 or 7 or 8 strokes to get to the green?  Driving has to be more important. I use my own play, if I am driving well, I score low. I think a lot of comments are generated by individuals who read "golf expert's" and feel that they must echo their comments.  Just think GIR'S and putting does not come into play if your drive is not in a location where you can go to the green.

I play on a course that has no adjacent  fairways so if you push or pull your drive you are in jail. Driving counts." - Quoted from Vincent a

Guys I guess you aren't reading the question.  If you are getting to the green in regulation then you are making it to a par 4 in 2 and a par 5 in 3.  So you must be driving ok at least.  I will take a good GIR stat over a 325 yard drive stat or a 100% of fairways hit.  Because a good GIR means I'm doing EVERYTHING to the green well and not just driving.  You hit every green in regulation, unless you are a terrible putter, will shoot under par.  But the long drive champs usually have a very high handicap.

Vincent a


Todd.P

I read your comments.  Using your conclusion, then putting is the most important.  If you are putting for a low score then you must have hit the ball well off the tee, next shot on  or  very close to the green.    Which means your putting is critical .

Of course this is just my opinion.

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