List of Golf Statistics

List of Golf Statistics

There seem to be endless statistics in golf. Each part of one's golf game can be seen by a number of unique stats. Statistics are used to keep track of drives, fairways hits, puts, and everything in between. The importance of statistics continues to grow as technology and the way golf is played evolve.


List of Golf Statistics

  • Driving Distance
  • Driving Accuracy or Fairways in Regulation
  • Sand Saves
  • Scrambling
  • Sand Save Percentage
  • Greens in Regulation
  • Putts Per Round
  • Putting Average
  • One-Putt Percentage
  • Scoring Average
  • Earnings
  • Wins
  • Eagles
  • Birdies
  • Pars
  • Bogeys

Driving Distance

Driving distance is one of the most common statistics in golf. This stat measures the distance that a golfer hits the ball from the tee. The measurement begins at the tee and ends where the ball stops rolling. Players that have longer driving distances usually have an advantage for the rest of their hole.

Driving Accuracy or Fairways in Regulation

Driving accuracy is a statistic that calculates the percentage of times a players' tee shot lands in the fairway. This only counts fairways that are hit off of a tee shot. This statistic accounts for any club used off of the tee shot. When a player tees off and the ball lands in the fairway, that counts as a hit, if the ball doesn't land in the fairway it is a miss. The total number of fairway hits are divided by the total number of drives, and that returns the driving accuracy.

Sand Saves

When a player achieves par or better on a hole after missing the green in regulation and hitting into a bunker at any point of the hole, then it is considered a sand save. The sand saves are accumulated over a specified amount of time and totaled up for this statistic.

Scrambling

Very similar to sand saves, a scramble is counted when a player is able to achieve par or better after missing the green in regulation. Missing the green in regulation refers to a player missing the green while the total number strokes taken on the hole are at least two less than par.

Sand Save Percentage

Sand save percentage shows the percentage of shots from sand traps, or bunkers, that hit the green are immediately followed by only one putt to hole out. To calculate this percentage, the total number of sand shots that hit the green and only require one putt divided by the total number of sand shots.

Greens in Regulation

This statistic refers to the number of times a player hits the green in regulation. As described earlier, in regulation refers to a player hitting the green whale the total number of strokes is two less than par. For example, if the hole was a par 5, the player would hit the green in regulation if the green was hit on the first, second or third shot.

Putts Per Round

The putts per round total the number of putts one takes per round. This only counts putts taken on the green. If a player were to use their putter for a shot outside of the green, it would not be counted in this statistic. It is best to have a lower number in this statistical category.

Putting Average

This is an overall average of all puts in a round. This percentage is scored by dividing the total number of putts taken divided by the total number of holes played. Ideally, players should aim for two putts per hole since that is the way golf courses are planned.

One-Putt Percentage

One-putt percentage refers to a percentage representing how often a one-putt occurs. The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of one-putts divided by the total number of holes played. Having a higher percentage is definitely better.

Scoring Average

Scoring average is exactly what it may seem to be. This statistic is simply the average of one's scores over a period of time. For example, on the PGA tour, the scoring average is taken by finding the average between all of the rounds an individual player has played on tour.

Earnings

This statistic only really applies to professional golfers, but it is a common statistic. Earnings are the total money that a golfer wins during a tournament. The earnings statistic can change depending on the time frame selected. Most commonly, earnings represent how much money has been won on the tour thus far into the season.

Wins

The total number of wins on the PGA Tour are calculated as wins. Individual golfers accumulate wins by winning tournaments. The total wins will show the number of tournaments the specific player has one at the time the stat is visited.

Eagles

In golf, an eagle is when a player shoots two under par on a whole. For example, on a hole that is a par 5, if the player made it in 3 shots, it would be considered an eagle. The total number of eagles totaled up to represent the eagles statistical category.

Birdies

A birdie is when a golf player completes the hole one stroke under par. On a par 3, a birdie would be when a player scores in only 2 shots. The total number of birdies is tallied up to show the birdies statistical category.

Pars

Each hole has a specified par value. This is the expected number of shots that it should take a player to complete a hole. Everytime a player completes the hole as a par, it is added to this statistical column.

Bogeys

When a player shoots over par, it is a bogey. As the player continues to go over par, it can become a double bogey, triple bogey, or even a quadruple bogey. This statistical column adds up all of the times a player goes over par.