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6 Golf Stats You Should Track That Will Improve Your Scores

6 Golf Stats You Should Track That Will Improve Your Scores

If you wanted to improve your scores right now, what part of your game would you work on? If you’re like 90% of golfers, you’re probably not sure.

PGA TOUR players start by looking at their ShotLink data, which is in-depth data on every shot a player hits at a PGA TOUR event. Did we mention that ShotLink data is collected by hundreds of volunteers?

For those of us that don’t play professionally, there’s the V1 Game app.

What is the V1 Game app?

The V1 Game app turns your mobile phone or Apple Watch into your team of volunteers who captures all your on-course performance stats when you play. With the V1 Game app, you can get the same in-depth statistics on how you play on the course as the TOUR pros.

The V1 Game app automatically tracks and records every shot you hit, then guides you to the exact area of your game that will make the biggest impact on what you care about most: IMPROVEMENT.

After a round is completed, V1 Game’s intuitive performance analysis technology provides a wealth of statistics that reveal the your strengths, weaknesses and paths to improvement. Below are the top 6 golf stats you should track this golf season with the V1 Game app that will help you improve your score.

1. Driving Distance

If you’re like Bryson DeChambeau, driving distance is on your mind heading into the 2021 golf season. After bulking before the 2020 season, DeChambeau proved how effective a good gym routine can be for both ball speed and swing speed. It worked in 2020, and according to DeChambeau, he isn’t stopping there.

“I’m going to keep getting speed until I try and get around 205 to 210 (ball speed). Once I achieve those speeds and I’m comfortable with that, not trying to swing my butt off, it just happens naturally, that’s when I’ll probably stop and go down the chipping rabbit hole and try and understand my chipping and wedging a bit better,” DeChambeau told PGATour.com in an article published on January 7th, 2021.

V1 Game can help you track long drives and average drives with our driving distance chart in the analyze section to make sure your gym gains translate to distance gains. Driving distance is on DeChambeau’s mind heading into 2021 and it should be on yours, too. 

2-4. The Three Keys

The key to playing quality golf and winning tournaments is minimizing mistakes. The V1 Game app’s three keys are the top stats to pay attention to if this is your goal:

  1. Three putts
  2. Two chips
  3. Penalties

Understanding The Three Keys

Minimizing the three keys are a major factor in scoring. Mistakes such as three putts, two chips, and penalties are scorecard wreckers, but typically take just a little bit of practice to improve dramatically. To minimize three putts, focus on lag putting and making the short ones with dedicated practice sessions.Two chips are when it takes more than one stroke to get on the green from inside 75 yards. This includes bunkers and shots from the rough. You don’t necessarily have to get it close, but get these shots on the green in a single shot to improve scoring.Lastly, penalties are typically a result of either poor course management or poor ball striking. V1 Game Virtual Caddie and Virtual Coach and help you understand your tendencies and plan your shots better to eliminate penalties and shoot lower scores.

To view the Three Keys, head over to the post-round summary. Tap on the plot itself for more details. For a closer look, you can also see the Three Keys plot in the Analysis section.

5. Strokes Gained

Strokes Gained is the measure of how well someone performs compared to the target handicap, taking into account the length and location of each shot and putt.

V1 game offers references from PGA Tour Pro to 25 handicap for both men and women for a reference that can help you reach your goals. It’s helpful to know where you stack up against the target handicap to locate areas of your game you need to improve on the most. 

6. Greens in Regulation

Greens in Regulation measures how many times you hit the green with the chance to putt for birdie or better. It’s a way to measure your accuracy with your approach shots. You can take this stat and use it as a performance measuring stick. Compare your past and future rounds and keep track of how you are increasing your greens in regulation to have a better idea on your progress.

Download the V1 Game app to help you improve your game and track these stats going into the new golf season. Click the link below to download the V1 Game app.


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