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What is the average total feet of putts in a typical round for you? Not feet of putts made, but total number of feet you putt? For example, if you average 30’ proximity per hole over 18 holes you would have 540’ total feet of putts for that round. Just curious if folks are tracking that # and what it might be.

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5 minutes ago, smashdn said:

Seems like chipping and pitching ability would muddy this stat if you chose to keep up with it.

 

What is better, an approach that lands on the green and leaves you a 40' putt or an approach that misses the green but you chip to 10'?

I agree with you. I’m just curious what the number is with all that considered. Not really trying to track it, but interested to know what the number might be. 

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Sounds interesting. I'll have to count it up next time. And over time compare the total available footage with the number of putts.

 

As for the missing the green and chipping to 10 feet. There's always different scenarios to be had. No statistics are 100%  perfect.  There are always "what ifs".

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Looking at arccos data on my old rounds I was averaging between 14 and 16 feet for first putt length for 18 which works out to around 300ft of putts.  We dont have very big greens so you don't get a lot of putts over 30ft unless land on front of the green with a back line or vice versa .  If you don't hit a lot of greens and you're a decent chipper your total putt lengths should be a lot shorter 

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2 hours ago, smashdn said:

Seems like chipping and pitching ability would muddy this stat if you chose to keep up with it.

 

What is better, an approach that lands on the green and leaves you a 40' putt or an approach that misses the green but you chip to 10'?

I would say more GIRS = more total length of putt. Less GIRs in theory should result in less total length unless you barely make it to the green with most of your chips 

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I tracked that one year and I found that I hit it too far from the freakin' hole - far too often.  Far too many 1st putts from 30+ feet.  Kinda disheartening.  So I stopped tracking it.  Ignorance is bliss.

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14 minutes ago, SNIPERBBB said:

I would say more GIRS = more total length of putt. Less GIRs in theory should result in less total length unless you barely make it to the green with most of your chips 

 

Yeah.  I want to say Broadie may have touched on this in Every Shot Counts.  Total length of putts is not a very telling stat by itself without the context of why you have a short putt or a long putt.  Having a 40 footer after reaching in two on a par five is a heck of a lot different than a 40 footer to save par.

 

To the OP, I don't think you are going to get many people tracking it as it just isn't a very good stat in the sense that it isn't telling you much about your game that you can go work on, unless you really take into account all the additional factors that either add or reduce the total putt distance.

 

What you are really tracking is proximity to the hole.  even tracking that I would think you want to add a qualifier to it to really derive something good and a tangible action from it.  Proximity to the hole while on GIR.  Proximity to the hole after pitch or proximity after chip.  

 

If you want to assess your putting performance, I think you need to look at number of putts along with length of putts made per putt maybe?  In my mind it is hard to think of a stat that measures purely putting ability and does not confound it with proximity to the hole which could be impacted by a chip, pitch, sand shot or approach.

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2 hours ago, 596 said:

As for the missing the green and chipping to 10 feet. There's always different scenarios to be had. No statistics are 100%  perfect.  There are always "what ifs".

 

Which is why I think it is really hard at times for the average golfer who may play 10-30 rounds per season and apply the same sort of metric or tracking that a professional who is playing 4-6 rounds per week.  They have enough data points that the outliers are absorbed smoothly in the final results.  An outlier in small data set can skew the results.

 

I wouldn't guess many of us are sitting down with minitab or something similar and applying Dixon's test to our data sets.

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40 minutes ago, SNIPERBBB said:

Looking at arccos data on my old rounds I was averaging between 14 and 16 feet for first putt length for 18 which works out to around 300ft of putts.  We dont have very big greens so you don't get a lot of putts over 30ft unless land on front of the green with a back line or vice versa .  If you don't hit a lot of greens and you're a decent chipper your total putt lengths should be a lot shorter 

Interesting. Exactly the type of thing I am looking for.

 

16 minutes ago, smashdn said:

 

Yeah.  I want to say Broadie may have touched on this in Every Shot Counts.  Total length of putts is not a very telling stat by itself without the context of why you have a short putt or a long putt.  Having a 40 footer after reaching in two on a par five is a heck of a lot different than a 40 footer to save par.

 

To the OP, I don't think you are going to get many people tracking it as it just isn't a very good stat in the sense that it isn't telling you much about your game that you can go work on, unless you really take into account all the additional factors that either add or reduce the total putt distance.

 

What you are really tracking is proximity to the hole.  even tracking that I would think you want to add a qualifier to it to really derive something good and a tangible action from it.  Proximity to the hole while on GIR.  Proximity to the hole after pitch or proximity after chip.  

 

If you want to assess your putting performance, I think you need to look at number of putts along with length of putts made per putt maybe?  In my mind it is hard to think of a stat that measures purely putting ability and does not confound it with proximity to the hole which could be impacted by a chip, pitch, sand shot or approach.

I agree with what you are saying. I am not interested in this info from a shots gained (or lost) type of perspective. I like to gamify my putting practice and I will play "rounds" wherein I hit putts starting anywhere from 6'-40'. I even use real scorecards from real courses to select my starting distance. 360 yard par 4 is a 36' starting putt. The total feet can run from 400'-700' and I was just curious how this might correlate to the actual feet of putts in a typical real round.

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I made nothing in my last round so I probably had about 18 inches worth of putts, but otherwise this is just too much work to keep track of and I like playing on the faster side.

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I tried this for a putting metric and all that it told me what what I already knew about approach shots.

 

30 foot putt is not a great iron shot, but even if you 2 putt, 31 or 32 feet (30 feet and then a 1-2 footer) is nearly a rounding error for the putting stat and is there really any difference between 30 and 31 in the larger number?  ...or 540 vs 558?

 

For me, it was an indicator on how many greens that I missed since I am a pretty good pitcher/chipper.  Low numbers were birdie and also missed greens and 6 foot putt days.

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