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Frequency of Putts Faced

April 25 2015 at 6:51 PM

Geoff Mangum  (Login aceputt)
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How many times in a year (2014) does the average PGA Tour pro playing 80 rounds (20 events) face putts from distances of 3', 4', 5', 6', 7', 8', 9', and 10'?

3': 715, sinking 710 for 99.3%
4': 132, sinking 120 for 91.3%
5': 90, sinking 72 for 80.3%
6': 71, sinking 50 for 70.4%
7': 59, sinking 35 for 60.2%
8': 51, sinking 27 for 51.6%
9': 48, sinking 23 for 46.6%
10', 44, sinking 17 for 39.8%

Looking at the frequency of putts in terms of 5-foot ranges, 0-5', 5-10', 10-15', 15-20', 20-25', and over 25':

< 5': 937, sinking 903 for 96.3%
5-10': 273, sinking 152 for 55.6%
10-15': 175, sinking 53 for 30.0%
15-20': 125, sinking 23 for 18.3%
20-25': 97, sinking 12 for 12.0%
> 25': 282, sinking 15 for 5.5%

As a percentage of all putts, in a typical round:

1,210 total
3': 715, 59.1% (1 out of 1.7)
4': 132, 10.9% (1 out of 9.2)
5': 90, 7.4% (1 out of 13.4)
6': 71, 5.9% (1 out of 17)
7': 59, 4.9% (1 out of 20.5)
8': 51, 4.2% (1 out of 23.7)
9': 48, 4.0% (1 out of 25)
10', 44, 3.6% (1 out of 27.5)

1,889 total
< 5': 937, 49.6% (1 out of 2)
5-10': 273, 14.4% (1 out of 7)
10-15': 175, 9.3% (1 out of 11)
15-20': 125, 6.6% (1 out of 15)
20-25': 97, 5.1% (1 out of 20)
> 25': 282, 14.9% (1 out of 7)

According to these stats, all putts outside 10' have little chance of being a 1-putt and are about 70% CERTAIN to be a 2-putt. This is not to say a golfer should not TRY to sink any putt -- just that the golfer should not realistically EXPECT these putts to sink, and only to try to sink them when he does so SAFELY to make sure the worst outcome is no more than a 2-putt.

These stats also tell us all pros better be 99%+ from 3 feet and in (clean-up putts), and realize there are 192 putts in the 4-5' range, whereas the 6-10' range four times larger totals only 152. Half of all putts (49.6% or 1 out of every 2) are in the "inside 5'" range and then the rest of the ten-foot range -- in the 5-10' zone -- holds only 14% of the total (1 out of 7). An improvement in the 4-5' range counts for more than an improvement in the 6-10' range. The "inside 5'" range is 350% more important than the 5-10' range. The closer the ball to the hole, the higher the stakes for the competitive golfer to perform better than the competition.

At the 3-4' distance, putting skill starts to drop off about 10% for every added foot of distance out to 8', then it starts to level off, dropping 10% from 8-10'. Nearly all the damage to putting performance occurs in the 4-8' range.

Cheers!

Geoff Mangum

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