Use a Custom Golf Score Card to Analyze Your Game

Utilizing a Golf Score Card customized for Analyzing and tracking your existing golf game is the first step towards lower golf scores.

In this article we will show you a sample of custom Golf Scorecards (both sides) for 18-Holes, and explain in detail how to enter and analyze the data collected.

The custom Golf Score Cards shown below can be used in conjunction with your regular home-course scorecard to post and track vital data concerning your average golf score, or "existing level of play".

Go in together with three or four of your playing partners, and have a local printer produce these cards for you. I personally designed my custom Golf Score Card in Micro-Soft Word and printed them in color on heavy paper.

I have been using my Golf Score Card for about one year now, and have given copies to my playing partners for their use.

If you have questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact me accordingly.

SAMPLE .. CUSTOM .. SCORECARD (Front Nine)
Hole #
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
OUT
PAR
4
4
5
3
5
4
4
3
4
36
Hole Distance
339
267
504
125
449
360
295
124
365
2828
Yardage Mark
125
66
286
- -
225
138
101
- -
149
- - -
Drive Yards
214
201
218
- -
224
222
194
- -
216
1489
Miss Codes
_1 = H i t
2 = Good
3 = Poor
4 = OB
5 = Lost
- - - - - - - - - - - -
- - -
Fairway
1
2
1
- -
1
3
1
- -
1
5
# Shots to Green
3
2
3
2
4
3
3
1
2
23
Green In Reg
- -
G
G
- -
- -
- -
- -
G
G
4
Up / Down
U
- -
- -
- -
U
U
- -
- -
- -
3
Sand Saves
SS
T
- -
- -
SS
- -
T
- -
- -
2
Putts Per Hole
2
2
1
3
3
1
3
2
2
19
1st Putt Distance
13'
10'
6'
20'
18'
8'
23'
12'
16'
126'
--Gross Score--
5
4
4
5
7
4
6
3
4
42


SAMPLE .. CUSTOM .. SCORECARD (Back Nine)
Hole #
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
IN
PAR
4
4
4
3
4
5
4
3
4
35
Hole Distance
300
334
420
173
365
470
351
117
340
2760
Yardage Mark
80
144
200
- -
135
220
140
- -
150
- - -
Drive Yards
220
190
220
- -
230
250
211
- -
190
214.3
Miss Codes
_1 = H i t
2 = Good
3 = Poor
4 = OB
5 = Lost
- - - - - - - - - - -
- - -
Fairway
1
2
1
- -
1
3
2
- -
1
9
# Shots to Green
2
3
2
2
3
4
3
2
3
47
Green In Reg
G
- -
G
- -
- -
- -
- -
- -
- -
6
Up / Down
- -
U
- -
- -
- -
- -
- -
U
- -
41.7
Sand Saves
- -
- -
- -
SS
T
- -
- -
- -
SS
57.1
Putts Per Hole
2
2
2
2
2
1
2
2
2
2.06
1st Putt Distance
11'
17'
5'
13'
10'
8'
16'
11'
26'
13.5'
--Gross Score--
4
5
4
4
5
5
5
4
5
41


You don't need an eraser when filling in your Golf Score Card


After playing 18 Holes and using the custom Golf Score Card for any one day, you can then perform the required calculations with a calculator either at the "19th Hole" in the Clubhouse, or at home later on.

Remember, the goal is to obtain a Lower Golf Score!

Starting with the "Front Nine" portion of the custom Golf Score Card on each Row, perform the following calculations:

Row #5: (Driving Yards) Add the yardages for Drives (Do not include Par 3 Holes) and write the total number in the last column. The number for the sample card will be 1489. Obtain the total for the Driving yardages on the back nine as well, which is 1462. Add the two totals together 1489 + 1462 = 2951 and divide by the number of Drives listed / 14 = 210.8, and this will be the "Average" Drive distance for the day. Enter 210.8 into the last column on the Back Nine Golf Score Card.

2012 PGA TOUR: Driving Distance

The average number of yards per measured drive. These drives are measured on two holes per round. Care is taken to select two holes which face in opposite directions to counteract the effect of wind. Drives are measured to the point at which they come to rest regardless of whether they are in the fairway or not.


Row #7: (Fairway) Add the number of "1's" (Fairways Hit) and enter that number in the last column. Do the same for the Back Nine which is equal to "4", then get the total for both which equals "9", and enter that total in the last column of the Back Nine Scorecard. This will be the total number of "Fairways Hit" for the day. (You may want to track the number of "2's", 3's, 4's and 5's separately on the back of the Scorecard).

2012 PGA TOUR: Driving Accuracy Percentage

The percentage of time a tee shot comes to rest in the fairway (regardless of club).


Row #8: (# Shots to Green) Total the number of "Shots to Green" and enter that total in the last column which is 23. Do the same for the Back Nine, which is 24, then get the total for both which is 47, then enter that total (47) in the last column of the Back Nine Scorecard. This will be the total number of "Shots to the Green" for the day.

Row #9: (Green in Reg) Total the number of "G's" entered on this row, and place that total number of "G's" in the last column which is "4". Do the same for the Back Nine which is "2", then get the total for both which is "6" and enter that total (6) in the last column of the Back Nine Scorecard. This will be the total number of "Greens-in-Regulation" you hit for the day.

2012 PGA TOUR: Greens in Regulation Percentage

The percent of time a player was able to hit the green in regulation (greens hit in regulation/holes played). Note: A green is considered hit in regulation if any portion of the ball is touching the putting surface after the GIR stroke has been taken.


Row #9: (Up / Down) Enter a "U" in the box for each time you successfully get up & down to obtain par. (Make one putt to Par)

Obtain the total of "U" entries on this row and place that total in the last column, which is "3". Do the same for the Back Nine which is "2", then get the total for both which is "5". Divide that total by the number of times you failed to reach the Green in regulation. Numbers are 5 / 12 = 41.7 % "scrambling" success rate.

2012 PGA TOUR: Scrambling

The percent of time a player misses the green in regulation, but still makes par or better.


Row #10: (Sand Saves) Enter "T" in any box in which you were in a green side bunker, but did not get a save.

Enter "SS" in any box in which you were in a green side bunker, but did get a save. Obtain the total number of saves "SS" entered on this row and place that total in the last column, which is 2. Do the same for the Back Nine which is "2", then get the total for both which is "4". Divide that total by the number of times you were in the Sand Bunker for all 18 Holes. (All SS's + T's).

Numbers are 4 / 7 = 57.1 % "Sand Saves" from the Sand Bunkers during all 18 Holes.

2012 PGA TOUR: Sand Saves

Each time a golfer hits a bunker by the side of a green but needs only one or two additional shots to reach the hole, he is credited with a save. The total score on the hole is not relevant.


Row #11: (Putts per Hole) Obtain the total Putts entered on the Front Nine scorecard, which was "19". Do the same for the Back Nine which is "17", then add those numbers together, which is "36". Divide that total 36 / 18 = 2.06 which is the "average" number of Putts per Hole for the day. Enter that result in the last column of the Back Nine Golf Score Card.

2012 PGA TOUR: Putting Average (per hole):

The stat is computed only on holes in which the golfer reaches the green in regulation.


Row #12: (1st Putt Distance) Obtain the total of the numbers entered on this row on the Front Nine, which was 126 feet. Do the same for the Back Nine which is 117 feet, then get the total for both which is 243. Divide that total 243 / 18 = 13.5 which is the "average" 1st Putt Distance for that day's round of 18 Holes. Enter that result in the last column of the Back Nine Golf Score Card.

2012 PGA TOUR: Proximity to Hole

The average distance the ball comes to rest from the hole (in feet) after the player's approach shot.

Use a custom Golf Score Card to reduce your Golf Handicap

Perform this same process for five 18-Hole rounds using the custom Golf Score Card and get the combined totals and averages for the data by compiling all information from the five Golf Score Cards.

You can get a handle on a better "average golf score"!

(For a detailed explanation of how to use this Score Card to obtain a lower golf score, see Lower Golf Score)

The backside of the Custom Golf Scorecard can be used for general notes concerning that day's round, like "mental lapses" and other insidious problems such as the "miss-codes" 2, 3, 4 and 5 concerning the Fairway Hits.

I have also designed a table as shown below for "Flub Shots" so you can track these problems as well. We all enjoy a "Flub Shot" now and then!

______________"FLUB SHOTS"_______________

Hole # Fat Thin Top Slice Pull Hook ...Other...
1              
2              
3 X            
4       X      
5              
6 X            
7              
8     X        
9              
10 X            
11              
12              
13              
14     X        
15              
16              
17              
18 X            

It is a good idea to track the "Flub Shots". You can analyze this data and determine where your "Swing Mechanics" need some work.

It may be a time to have a Professional look at why you seem to hit a lot of "Fat" shots for instance.

Maybe after using this system for a while, you may just get the Lowest Golf Score you have ever had!

We hope you found this article on using a custom Golf Score Card interesting and informative.

Thanks again for Visiting Us!

.

Jim


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