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You can’t watch a weekend of golf without hearing talk about stats and specifically strokes gained. If you are unfamiliar with the strokes gained stats it is okay. I will try to provide a simple explanation to help. It simply looks at the players in the field for that day or tournament and how a player is playing relative to the field. For example is the field average score is 3.5 on hole 4 and a player scores a 3 they gained a half of a shot on the field. Can this help us as everyday golfers? That question is stay out for debate but I do believe stats can help us with identifying key areas of your game and to help with managing expectations. This week we are going to take a look at driving and the importance of fairways hit. Distance is really dominating the game. Does hitting the fairway not matter anymore? It depends… It depends on how far you hit. Each week the winners on Tour tend to be long and straight! I know shocking! To help with the debate I have added a chart for Gol
Journeyman, Nate Lashley, is in the Winner's Circle for the first time! Nate has an interesting story dating back to his college playing days at the University of Arizona. His parents and girlfriend were tragically killed in a plane crash after watching him play in a tournament. After graduating from U of A he bounced around some mini tours and had a career in real estate. This week he is a PGA Tour winner! Taking home $1.3 million. Not bad for a real estate professional. Lashley 4 rounds included 63, 67, 63, 70 to finish 25 under par and 6 shots clear of runner up, Doc Rivers. The Stats That Count When diving into the stats and looking to see where Lashley excelled, I couldn't find one part of his game that stood out. Which means Nate played some really solid all around golf. Looking at the basic stats he hit 81.9% of his greens in regulation and hitting it to 30'10" within the pin. He also had an average number of putts per GIR of 1.5. Lashley only had 3