Build your Bucket List of Courses in TheGrint App

Are you planning a golfing trip with your friends? Or are you simply looking to daydream a bit during the third hour-long Zoom call of the day? Well, today we’re going to show you how you can build your bucket list of golf courses in TheGrint.

In TheGrint, friends can see/attest your scores, check out your latest scorecards, and even check out what clubs you are using. Well, we have one more thing you can share: Your Top Played courses and your Bucket List of the golf courses you’re itching to play.

To build your ranking, simply tap on the “Courses” icon located in the bottom right of your home screen (or in your menu), and start dragging courses up and down based on your preference. Every time you play a course, it will show on that list. But it is up to you to rank it.

To build your Bucket List, go again to the Courses tab and swipe right once. You’ll see the “BUCKET LIST” title and the option to “Add a Bucket List Course”. After that, it’s just a matter of finding the courses you’d love to play in the most like Pebble Beach or the Old Course, and adding them into your list (the first step to making it happen is to visualize it, right?).

What’s also cool about it, is that if a friend of yours plays one of your Bucket Listed courses, you will get a notification, maybe he has the keys to it, or maybe he can share whether it is worth it or not.

We hope you have some fun building out your dream courses to play in, and that you actually make it happen!

Enjoy your Golf!

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Edited and Deleted Scores: Why Mark Them?

If you ever edited or deleted a score in TheGrint, you might wonder why we mark them the way we do. The short answer is trust: we want to make sure golfers would only edit or delete scores if it is an honest mistake instead of trying to manipulate their handicap index before tournaments or betting rounds… and we’ve found out that a little peer pressure helps to prevent that. Because no matter how old the score you’re editing, it will appear at the top of your friend’s feed.

So, if you really need it and made a mistake of course you can edit/delete a score.  However, we have to prevent sandbaggers or fake braggers (like your friend Paul who shot a personal best of 74 while golfing alone) from using that tool the wrong way.

Since it would be very easy for someone to cheat and produce a higher handicap by editing old scores making them higher, we mark and re-post edited or deleted scores to make everyone aware of it. If the change was required and true to the facts, no one would complain. If it’s an outrageous change, you’ll probably get some heat from your golf buddies!

We trust that golf is a game of gentlemen and values but the less we put that to the test that, the better so we try and remove any temptations for you.

This is how a post would look if when a Grinter edits or deletes a score:

 

Even if you edit a very old score, once you edit it, it will create a post like this and show at the top of all your friend’s Activity Feed.

NOTE: Changes are only posted if the Scoring Data changes. The EDITED or DELETED mark will NOT appear if you only change information not related to the handicap formula like your number of putts or tee accuracy.

Why do we care what scores our Grinters upload? Well, golf’s handicap system relies entirely on honesty so we try our best to create incentives and visibility to keep everyone accountable.

Steer clear of sandbaggers and enjoy your Golf!

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Average Scoring by Handicap and Hole Par

As golfers, we know that playing a par 3 is radically different than facing a par 5 and even though we may have a slight preference between one or the other, we wanted to see how the different pars affected the scores of Grinters.

In this Data Nugget, we’re analyzing the average score by handicap on pars 3, 4 & 5. How do you compare against similarly skilled Grinters? Find out below!

PAR 3 

Having a look at green right from the tee always gets your heart pumping just a liiiitle faster. One great shot and you’re in for a great score, although there’s also less room for errors. A personal favorite of the team to play “Closest to the Pin”.

Here’s how Grinters of every handicap index have fared on average, in par 3’s:

Interestingly, players with a handicap index of 17 are the first bracket to make, on average, a full stroke over par, getting into bogey territory.

PAR 4 

A good driver and a great iron are what it takes to reach the green. There’s also a bit more wiggle room than the par 3’s without the big distance of a par 5… so this is how Grinters have historically fared in par 4’s according to their handicaps:

 

On par 4’s, the bogey score happens much sooner than the previous chart: all the way from 17 index to 13 index. This tells us that it is harder to maintain a score closer to par on these holes… will the trend hold for Par 5’s?

PAR 5

It’s time to make that driver count! Most people would think that since par 5′s are the ones with the most distance, golfers would struggle the most on these holes or at least have the first Bogey average score closer to the lower handicaps. Will this hold true?


Contrary to what most people think, the bogey trend (scoring one full stroke above 5) actually falls backward from the previous chart with Grinters of 16 index being the first ones to score a full stroke on average.

How do you compare with your handicap? Are you below or above these different stats?

If you liked this Data Nugget, you should update your email preferences on the app since we send a weekly exercise very similar to this one. We’ve covered the most accurate drivers (by brand), the State with the lowest score, and the most accurate irons amongst other topics.

Enjoy your golf!

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Digital Attesting of Golf Scores in TheGrint

As golfers, we know that every round should be about improving our game, trying to beat your best score, and ultimately, lowering your Handicap. However, when competing in a tournament, or placing a bet with your foursome, you might be a tad grateful to have a slightly higher handicap to have an edge.

While golf is a game where ethics play a huge role, we all have that guy that we don’t fully trust. Is he sandbagging? Is he entering only his good rounds? Missing putts on purpose or giving himself too many putts?

TheGrint addresses that internal pull and tries to increase the trust in the ecosystem with the functionality of Attesting Scores, which we’ll talk about today.

To make it simple, attesting scores means you vouch for a fellow Grinter’s score that day is true, and in turn, they review and vouch for yours if it is true. It’s an honor system that’s been around forever, but got lost at some point in golf. We at TheGrint brought it back in the digital world.

An attested score implies at least one other person gives their word that a score uploaded reflects what happened on the golf course.

How do you attest a score?  We made it really really  simple:

1) Every time you track a score for a friend, his/her score gets attested by you automatically.

2)  When you post your round, anyone who played with you gets a notification asking him/her to attest the score, there’s a little hand right next to it that says “Attest this score”.

As a general thumb of rule, it’s ideal to have at least 80% of your scores attested. That gives fellow golfers who may not know you and are competing against you, some peace of mind with the fact that your scores seem more legit.

So, if 80% or more of your last 20 scores are attested, your circle is Green. If only 30-80% of your scores are attested then your circle is Yellow. If less than 30% are attested your circle is Red. An easy (semaphore) way to display it!

Just to clarify, we’re not saying people cheat… we just want to make it a liiiittle easier for you to avoid the temptation. Let’s keep the integrity of golf together and continue to have fun!

Enjoy your Golf!

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Grinters @AugustaNational: How Did They Fare?

It’s Masters Week and every single one of us are day dreaming that we could be there, playing a round in one of the most iconic golf courses in the world. Since we can’t, we’re doing the next best thing: Analyzing how the 147 lucky Grinters who have played a round in Augusta, did.

Here’s one beautiful pic of the 12th (Golden Bell) taken by one of those lucky Grinters back in 2019.

We all have watched the pro’s handle Augusta National during tournament play but today we wanted to give you an idea of how you would play (hypothetically) by giving you some curious data points of what other Grinters did.

First, the lowest gross score from the back tees was an astounding 66. Can you imagine playing that well at Augusta National? He even made an Eagle that day at the revered 13th hole (Azalea).

Here are some other fun data nuggets:

  • The Grinter with most rounds at Augusta National has 17 rounds.
  • The most strokes in one hole was a 10 at the par 3 16th (Redbud). The funny thing is, there were actually two 10′s on 16th that day, IN THE SAME FOURSOME!
  • The highest total was 106, with 7 triple bogeys and one beautiful hot streak of back to back pars at the 13th (Azalea) and 14th (Chinese Fir) holes.
  • The average round at Augusta National by Grinters is 3.79 shots above their Handicap. Which is actually not bad, but keep in mind the course setup is not the same as Masters Week!
  • The easiest hole for Grinters was number 2 (Pink Dogwood) with 3 Eagles and 28 Birdies.
  • The most difficult hole was (not surprisingly) number 10 (Camellia) with a ton of double bogeys or worse.

Enjoy Masters week, we will sure do…

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Prepare for Your Round: GPS Flyover Feature, Explained

It’s midweek and you already have your round booked for the weekend? There’s something pretty cool that you can do from TheGrint app to mentally prepare yourself and make that hour long Zoom meeting a little less tedious: you can explore the course you’ll be playing at with our GPS flyover feature!

Since it’s Masters week, we’ll be using Augusta National Golf Club to show you how to do it in your local course.

1- First, you’re going to login to TheGrint app

2- Tap the COURSES icon on the right hand side of the bottom banner. (If you are not a PRO member then open the menu on the top left and select Courses)

3- Tap the search bar (on the top) and find the course you’ll be playing at

4- Tap on the GPS Flyover option on the upper right corner

 5- Choose the tees from which you usually play and that’s it!

You can scroll through every hole and make a game plan that will hopefully set you up for success during your next round.

If you enjoyed this quick tutorial, you should check your email preferences on the App so you can receive our weekly newsletter where we do a deep dive on data facts, share tricks like these, give out exclusive offers, and more!

Enjoy your Golf!

PS: we prepared this post right before the Spring so Google Imagery still shows Augusta National prior to Masters Week conditioning.

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Improve Your Game: How TheGrint Targets Work

If you’re like most golfers, you’re on a lifelong journey to improve your game and one of the most common things you might have done is compare yourself against the best player on your regular foursome or with the guys that play on TV.

While it’s always good to watch and learn from better players, the gap in skill might be too big to get clear pointers on what you should improve next.

This is why we created TARGETS: a key tool on TheGrint that will help you improve your game. It works by comparing your stats to players with the same handicap index which can help you set actionable goals to improve your game, one stroke at a time.

Let’s say your handicap index is 14.2… instead of comparing yourself with Jordan Spieth, you should be aiming to lower your index to 13.0, and then to 12.0 right? TheGrint generates the targets you need to identify strengths and weaknesses in your game and get to the next level.

To create these targets we analyzed millions of golf rounds and got the average performance for a bunch of stats for every handicap. That way we know that for a 6.9 Index player, the average fairway accuracy performance should be around 54.8%. If it’s above that, that’s a strength. If it’s below, then it is a weakness.

Since we have these targets for a ton of different performance indicators, it’s now relatively easy for us to point out the strengths and weaknesses of your game.  This way, you can focus on the parts of your game that really matter.

Here is an example from a player on our team: Bob Grinter

Bob has a 6.9 index, and as you can see, he tends to be fairly accurate when it comes to his driver hitting just over 59% of fairways. On the top right part of each screen, you can see the “TARGET” indicator displaying that his Fairway Accuracy Target is 54.8%. This shows he’s pretty good compared to his index peers, so he shouldn’t focus too much on improving his Driving Accuracy.

However, when you look at his GIR% you can clearly see that his 37% GIR is way below his target of 41.0%. You can also see that his GIR% is poor on all types of holes (Par 3,4,5).

Since he has a pretty good FIR%, you can fairly assume that he needs to focus on improving his approach game to improve his GIR%. And by looking at all the other TheGrint stats you can quickly confirm it.

IMPORTANT NOTE: the targets displayed are dynamic. Meaning that they continually adjust as your Index changes.

We believe this is our MOST USEFUL FEATURE  TO IMPROVE YOUR GAME. Taking the time to analyze your game with this functionality will help you get better by giving you straight facts supported by robust data on what you need to improve. So if you’re looking for clues as to what you should work on next time you hit the range, these Targets should be a very good place to start.

The Target feature is only available for PRO Members. Get yours for just $39.99/yr

Enjoy your Golf!

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Most Accurate Iron Brands by Handicap for Grinters

Hitting a solid iron and watching your shot land in the middle of the green for a birdie chance is one of those feelings that will get you back on the course… so we wondered: how big of a role does your club play in this?

Well, today we’ll be showing the results we got after analyzing millions of golf scores to see which are the most accurate irons by brand in the Grinter community.

To do this, we compiled a list of all the declared iron brands by Grinters and matched it with the Greens in Regulation stats (GIR%) they reported during the rounds. But before we jump in, we have a disclaimer to make: by no means we are saying X brand is better. This depends on very partial data so take it as it is: an interesting data-crunching exercise that may (or may not!) be helpful to you.

WARNING: viewing this content without having declared your bag in TheGrint app will cause the displeasure of the golfing gods which can cause multiple OB’s in the same hole. So declare your bag here! 

We’re separating the data into six different charts according to each handicap bracket: Scratch (someday fellas!), 1-5 handicap, 6-10 handicap, 11-15 handicap, 16-25 handicap, 26+ handicap. To view your chart, simply scroll down to your handicap.

If you enjoyed this Data Nugget exercise, check out the article we did about the Most Accurate Drivers. You should also subscribe to our newsletter where we send out weekly findings like this.

In order to improve your game, we highly recommend you keep track of these stats whenever you play. And if you want to take it one step further, our PRO Membership gives you a pretty excellent analysis of your strengths and weaknesses, further helping you understand your game. Almost like having a pocket-sized coach.

Enjoy your Golf!

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HOW DOES THE USGA<>THEGRINT HANDICAP INTEGRATION WORKS?

In 2020, the USGA announced the launch of the World Handicap System with the goal of providing golfers with a unified handicapping system for the first time, through a Handicap Index that’s valid everywhere you play. Today, we’ll show you how the Handicap Integration works with TheGrint.

First, and most importantly, all Handicap ID’s are issued and maintained by the USGA in their servers which means that your Handicap ID (which we call WHS#) is now part of a centralized database.

Whenever a Grinter uploads a score in TheGrint app, we send that score to the USGA servers and they include it in your records. In a similar way, when a Grinter with a valid Handicap ID gets a score uploaded on a different site like GHIN.com the USGA will include it in the Handicap Index calculation, and your Handicap Index in TheGrint will also update.
However, we do encourage you upload your score via TheGrint. That’s because when you do it via another provider, we only receive partial information and your stats will not update.

It’s very important to know that your Handicap gets recalculated only once per day at midnight. This means that when you upload a score to TheGrint, your Handicap will remain the same until the USGA runs its handicap revision. You can read more about it here: Handicap Manual link.

If you already had a valid Handicap ID (like a GHIN#)  before joining TheGrint, you can link the number for free like this: from TheGrint app > Menu > My Handicap > enter the # in the white box.

A couple of closing remarks:

1- Our Handicaps are USGA compliant, which means they should be accepted for any event. However, some State Associations will require you to be a member of their association in order to let you compete in their tournaments.

2- Currently, the USGA doesn’t have an independent and open Handicap Lookup site. However, our Handicap Lookup will find and retrieve the information of any player with a valid Handicap ID, even if the player is not registered with TheGrint. Similarly, if you look up a Grinter with a valid Handicap ID in, let’s say, the GHIN.com handicap lookup tool, you’ll find it as well.

3 – While our Handicap ID’s are as valid as a GHIN# or any other valid Handicap ID, that doesn’t mean you can log in to GHIN.com. Because that is a different service. In that same manner, someone with a GHIN.com account cannot log in to TheGrint.

4- The USGA and each State Association have their own Schedules. If you post a score at a golf course that is not in its active season, then your score will not count towards your Handicap calculation. Here is the list of all State Association schedules

Hopefully, this post will help you understand the dynamics of how the USGA<>TheGrint integration works.

Enjoy your Golf!

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Tips & Tricks: How to keep your rounds private

Our biggest efforts go to one thing: make our app better. And since we’re constantly updating and adding a bunch of cool stuff, you might have missed a couple of them even if they’re not “new”. Today, we’re going to show you one of such things: How to keep your rounds private on TheGrint.

It could be because you’re feeling a bit guilty about that 10:30 am tee time on a Friday, knowing your friend Bruce is stuck at the office. Or that you don’t want your brother-in-law to know you’re +4 at the turn and you didn’t invite him… Well, those shouldn’t be reasons to stop using TheGrint…We got your back!

Here is what you need to know:

1- Turn Off Broadcasting Live Score: this will avoid the progress of your round being broadcasted in real-time and your friends receiving push notifications.

How: During the round setup, open the Tracking Options and use the Live Score option to select “Hide From Everyone”.

NOTE: You could also choose to broadcast to “Non-Muted friends only”. Before you do it you can go to the Friend’s section to mute/unmute specific friends.

2- Private Upload: this will avoid publishing your score in the Activity Feed once it’s posted.

How: simply turn on the Private Upload option in the “Upload Score” screen after you finish your round.

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NOTE: Once you select these settings (both Private Upload and Broadcasting preference), they’ll remain as the default mode.

That’s it! And if you’re still feeling a bit guilty, you can tell your brother in law to sign up to the SwingMAN newsletter, so he can get his weekly dose of golf!

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