Maybe the biggest priority of every golfer is his/her Driver. Rightly so or not, but it is. So we wanted to share with you some insights we got when looking at the aggregated data that we have from all of our golfers.
Keep in mind that the data we capture is Fairway Accuracy. Which means that the golfers might have hit the driver or any other club in their bag.
So here it goes:
You can see in the graphs that scratch golfers hit 63% of fairways (~9 fairways) while beginners hit around 48% (~7 fairways). Most people would expect a bigger difference. However, the reality is that the real difference comes in how bad those misses are. Plus the distance that the low handicappers get is considerably longer off the tee.
After that comment you might be thinking that the data shared is not of much use. But of course it is of great use. Here is how you should think about it.
The most important thing about your teeshot is to put it on the fairway (or close to it). And now you know how many teeshots should land on the fairway based on your handicap. So if you see that your data is showing that you are below your handicap range you should practice your accuracy with your driver and irons. The rest will come with it.
You should also use the graphs available at TheGrint to understand your accuracy better. For example, the Fairway Accuracy / Grints % graphs:
How does missing the fairway affect your chances of achieving your desired score?
For a Scratch golfer, when he misses the fairway he reduces his chances of making par from 80% to 65%. For a Bogey golfer (high handicap) when he misses the fairway he reduces his chances of a Bogey from 60% to 30%. Which mean that when he misses he misses badly. And is the other way around for the scratch golfer.
These are the kind of analyses you can perform at TheGrint using all the tools that we have available for you. Make sure to compare your statistics with the ones of friends who have the handicap that you are aiming to get. And set your targets that way.
Enjoy your golf!