Golf Types Of Statistics

The sport of golf has unique terms for shots, greens, and statistics. It is important to understand the types of golf statistics while watching an event. Read on to learn statistical terms that apply to golf.

These nine statistics are simple and help you understand the technical terms in golf. You will likely hear these discussed while watching an event. These include:

  • Fairway in Regulation
  • Green in Regulation
  • Three-Putt
  • Up-and-Down
  • Sand Save
  • Scramble
  • Number of Putts
  • GHIN
  • Handicap

Fairway in Regulation (FIR)

A fairway in regulation is a statistic that records when a golfer hits his tee shot into the fairway.

Green in Regulation (GIR)

A green in regulation is a statistic that records when a golfer hits the approach shot on the green. To record a GIR on a par 3 a golfer must hit the green in one stroke. To record a GIR on a par 4 a golfer must hit the green in two strokes or less. To record a GIR on a 5 a golfer must hit the green in three strokes or less.


A three put occurs when a golfer uses putts the ball three times on the putting green to hit the ball in the hole.


An up and down occurs when a golfer chips or pitches a ball from off the putting green onto the green, and then only needs one putt to complete the hole.

Sand Save

A sand save happens when a golfer makes an up and down from the bunker.


A scramble is a scoring format where a group of players each hit a tee shot, and then play the best shot for the entire duration of the hole in order to collectively shoot the lowest score possible. To scramble is a synonym for the term up and down.

Number of Putts

Number of Putts is a statistic that indicates how many times a golfer putts the ball on a given hole or during an overall round.

GHIN Number

GHIN is the acronym for Golf Handicap and Information Network. It's a service established by the United States Golf Association to provide handicaps for players at certain golf clubs and associations.


A golf handicap is a numerical measurement of a golfer's ability. The lower the number, the better.