One of the great things about GolfingStat.com is that I have a wealth of golf data at my fingertips. Every once in a while I come up with a question and then can go run a few reports and pull data to see if the data supports hypotheses.
The question I asked myself today is “If I played a lot more golf then would I play better golf?”. According to the data…the answer to that question is Yes.
Here is a scatter plot of players on Golfingstat.com and how many rounds they have played. I removed some outliers and this is the plot:
The first thing that struck me about this plot is that there is a pretty big cluster of players around 50 rounds a year (playing once a week or twice a week in the summer) with handicaps between 10 to 15. It is also pretty clear that the best players are playing 100+ times a year and the worst players are playing less than 50.
Here is a table with average rounds per year for each handicap bracket:
Based on that data if your handicap is above 10 and you want to drop a stroke off your handicap then you need to play an extra round every month. If you are below 10 then it isn’t that easy and you probably need to spend time practicing in addition to playing more.
This is the logic we use at GolfingStat.com to calculate your golf handicap. It adheres to the USGA rules and although it is not sanctioned by the USGA it will give you a handicap which matches your USGA handicap.
Go ahead and sign up for GolfingStat.com and begin tracking your golf handicap.
GolfingStats.com has been live for a full week now! Have learned some things, have made some adjustments and will continue to make adjustments to hopefully get this thing rolling better. Please if you have any ideas or suggestions feel free to use the Contact Us link.
Given that a big part of GolfingStats is Stats here are some Week #1 GolfingStats Stats:
Number of Users Created: 23
Number of Rounds Created: 40
Number of Courses Created: 31
Average User Handicap: 18.9
Average Round Score: 89.1
Average Putts Per Round: 35.2
Average Fairway %: 36.8%
Average GIR: 26.5
My handicap after one round this season is 25.1. So I am 6.2 behind the average…I now have a goal!
In terms of future features I have some big plans…
1. Predictions: Click on a round that someone else has played and see what GolfingStat.com thinks you would shoot on that same course/tee. Also want to have some fun predictions (e.g. How would you shoot from the tips @ Augusta?)
2. Friends Tab:
a) Invite Friends: GolfingStat is great! Not enough people know about it though. You should be able to invite your Facebook friends.
b) Linking Friends: You have friends on GolfingStat.com so you should be able to see how they are playing.
c) Notifications: Be the first to know when a friend posts a new round, so that you can talk some trash or congratulate them