Drive for Show, Putt for Dough – 5 Key Statistics about Putting
The saying “drive for show and putt for dough” is commonly used by golfers around the world.
Amateur golfers are more focused on hitting long drives than what they are on making putts.
In the minds of most amateur golfers the best professionals hole pretty much every putt that they line up to.
In order for the amateur golfer to better understand how well the best players in the world actually putt, let’s take a look at the putting statistics on the PGA Tour.
The following key putting statistics will give the amateur golfer perspective about how good or bad the pros actually putt in reality.
- Putts per round
- Putts from 3 feet
- Putts from 6 feet
- Putting from 10 feet
- Putts made from over 20 feet per event
Putts per round
The PGA Tour keeps record of basically every putting stat that can be tracked via their Shotlink system.
One of the most common stats that most golfers, even high handicap amateur golfers, know about are putts per round.
Wesley Bryan was the leader in this category for the 2017 season with an average of 28.13 putts per round, 190th on the list was JJ Henry with an average of 30.42 putts per round.
Looking at these stats will make the average golfer realise that having 30 putts or less per round is a very solid goal to strive towards.
Putts from 3 feet
Normally during a round with friends most amateurs are very quick to give each other 3 and 4 foot putts.
If your playing partner is Paul Casey then yes you can go ahead and give those putts to him, but on average social golfers don’t make nearly as many short putts as they should.
Paul Casey made every single 3 footer that he had on the PGA Tour in 2017, 770 3 footers to be exact.
You don’t have to make every single 3 footer that you have, but it will definitely improve your monthly medal score if you can atleast make 8/10 3 footers on average.
Before you give your friend that 3 footer, ask yourself, does he putt like Paul Casey?
Putts from 6 feet
Paul Casey having a 100% record on 3 footers is very impressive, but the human aspect in putting begins to show from the 6 foot mark.
Charles Howell was the leader in this category with a success rate of 84.75%.
On the other end of the spectrum Brad Fritch only made 53.06% of the 6 foot attempts that he had.
Remember this statistic the next time you play and you only make 2 out of 4 3 footers.
As an amateur golfer that doesn’t spend a great amount of time practicing one cannot have unrealistic expectations about making every 6 footer every time you play.
Just because you have to make those short putts in your mind doesn’t mean that you actually will.
Putts from 10 feet
At the 10 foot mark the percentage of putts made decreases considerably.
Rafa Cabrera Bello lead this statistic in 2017, Rafa holed 66.67% of the 10 footers that he attempted.
Bubba Watson ranked 190th in this statistic only making 32.68% of the 10 footers that he attempted.
Amateur golfers can learn a lot by looking at this statistic, having perspective about what realistic expectations are to have of yourself is a great start.
If a major champion in Watson only makes 3.6/10 10 footers then you definitely can’t get mad at yourself for missing them out on the course.
Putts made from over 20 feet per event
We all remember that long putt we made to save par or better yet that 30 foot birdie putt to win the money game against your friends.
No surprise that Jordan Spieth is right up there in this statistic.
Patrick Cantley is technically the leader in this category with 2.3 putts made over 20 foot per round.
Speith ranked 2nd in this category with 2.2 putts made over 20 foot per round, Spieth achieved this feet in 85 rounds, Cantley only played 52 rounds in comparison.
This stat is significant if you consider that the 190th ranked player, Retief Goosen, only made 0.4 putts over 20 foot per round over the course of the season.
In comparison to Cantlay and Spieth, Goosen loses almost 2 shots per round to them purely in the putting over 20 foot category, over the course of a tournament that is 8 shots.
Final Words on Putting Tips
To some these putting stats might sound greek, but if you take the time to read through it and process what they are portraying then they might actually give you perspective.
It is important to have realistic goals and expectations of your golf game, having unrealistic expectations will only add pressure and anxiety to your mental game.
These statistics can also add value to your practice regime.
Knowing how many putts the best players in the world make from a certain distance can provide you with a good goal to work towards.
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