Frequency of Pro Sinks from Different Distances In the 0-10' Range

Frequency of Pro Sinks from Different Distances In the 0-10' Range

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April 30th, 2015, 7:40 pm #1

Folks,

This information on PGA Tour stats is from 177 players in the year 2014.

On the PGA Tour, fully 50% of all putting skill and performance DISAPPEARS between 3 and 8 feet, with sinks dropping from 99% to 50%. What's up with that? If you master the 8-footer, to the point you are, say, 75%, you will be a perennial top-10 in the FedEx standings year after year. These are 2014 Tour putting stats inside the critical 10-foot must-make range:

3' 94.9% to 100%, middle 99.4%, 5.1% range
4' 77.4% to 98.7%, middle 92.0%, 21.3% range
5' 64.5% to 91.8%, middle 80.6%, 27.3% range
6' 51.8% to 88.9%, middle 70.8%, 37.1% range
7' 38.1% to 79.2%, middle 60.0%, 41.1% range
8' 31.3% to 72.2%, middle 51.8%, 40.9% range
9' 25.5% to 70.0%, middle 47.1%, 44.5% range
10' 16.2% to 58.3%, middle 39.6%, 42.1% range

Cheers!



Geoff Mangum
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sammy
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March 11th, 2016, 2:22 am #2

Geoff.... How do these stats impact on overall player performance if: (a) the putt is for par, and, (b) the putt is for birdie? Thanks.
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

May 18th, 2016, 4:02 pm #3

Dear sammy,

First, there is not really such a thing as "overall player performance." That's the point of stating the RANGE of performance. The longer the putt, the wider the RANGE of performance on Tour. From 4' to 10' the range widens and doubles from 21% to 42%. Depending on the specific pro, he has different performance profiles at different distances, and is probably inconsistent.

As to the difference between par and birdie putts inside ten feet on Tour, the fact that a lot depends upon making these putts (money, finish, peer respect, public respect, endorsement money, etc.) operates on pros and does not really usually work on amateurs the same way. It's probably not so much about anxiety and "pressure" not to look bad as it is to achieve goals on Tour.

The difference between par putts and birdie putts is 1) a birdie putt is an OPPORTUNITY to achieve a score or a lower score than planned, while 2) a par putt is actually a bogey-avoiding putt and a bogey UNDOES the plan and makes achieving the planned score a lot harder, especially if a bogey occurs on what is usually a birdie hole or occurs late in the round when the remaining holes to make up for the bogey are few. Given that REALITY to Tour pros -- a reality not usually shared by amateurs -- avoiding a bogey is far more important than notching this or that birdie. If a Tour pro makes ZERO birdies in a round and yet avoids every bogey, his stroke average is 72. If he makes 3 birdies a day (which is average for a Tour average round), and also makes 2.5 bogies (also average), his stroke average is 71.5, which is the average Tour pro's stroke average. If the pro can get rid of the bogies, his stroke average PLUMMETS to 69, and he is a top-five Tour player.

Cheers!



Geoff Mangum
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