From the Lab: Scorecard Overhaul + Heatmap

Golf is hard. PocketPAR makes it easier.

We’ve been hard at work in the lab cooking up new features to help our users get the most out of every round. Time to show off how PocketPAR can help you improve. 

To misquote Tin Cup…

How did a legendary ball striker such as yourself manage to make a 10 on the 18th hole?”

“Well I missed a 6-footer for a 9.”

They say there are no pictures on the scorecard… A classic golf-ism, but why not? Often times the final score doesn’t quite tell the story of how the round or hole was played. At PocketPAR, we aim to fix that. Continue reading “From the Lab: Scorecard Overhaul + Heatmap”

Ways to Win: Year of Hideki?

As America starts to tune in for Super Bowl 51, there was a battle still being fought in the Deserts of Arizona. 

The 2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open finished in stellar fashion as Webb Simpson and Hideki Matsuyama played four playoff rounds to crown the winner. Hideki sank a 10 footer on the short par-4 17th in front of record crowds.  He has now become 1 of 6 players to defend their title in the event joining golf greats, Ben Hogan, Jimmy Jimmy Demaret, Lloyd Mangrum, Arnold Palmer and Johnny Miller.

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Ways to Win: Eagles Soar for Rahm

There is more than one way to win a golf tournament, Ways to Win will break down how the winner did it each week. 

A bunched leaderboard on Sunday led to a thrilling finish by the young Jon Rahm. There are multiple ways to win on the PGA Tour, but this week Jon Rahm put on a ball striking clinic, particularly with the big stick. Playing a Torrey Pines with brutal rough, Rahm hit 11 of 14 fairways and averaged 305 yards off the tee on Sunday. Maximizing his opportunities, Rahm raced up the leaderboard with a back nine 30 that included two eagles. Continue reading “Ways to Win: Eagles Soar for Rahm”

From the Tour – JT’s Strokes Gained Clinic

One of the hardest things in golf is following up a great round with another great one. Apparently Justin Thomas didn’t get that memo on his way to becoming the 7th player to break 60 on the PGA Tour, setting (or matching) the 36, 54, and 72 hole scoring records this past weekend.

Justin Thomas not only became the youngest at 23 years old to shoot 59 on the PGA Tour, but did it sooner than anyone before him.

For the record …

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 13, 2017

The average score on Thursday was 68.3. Almost 10 strokes higher than JT’s round. Pretty remarkable playing. So how did he do it? Continue reading “From the Tour – JT’s Strokes Gained Clinic”

New Years Resolution – Make More Birdies!

It’s a new year and with that comes new goals. We all want to lower our handicap and become better players. The best way to improve is to set realistic and measurable goals.

No matter which area of your golf game needs improvement, PocketPAR can measure and track progress towards your goals.

Driving Distance

Maybe you’re lifting weights or taking lessons to improve technique and add distance… PocketPAR tracks both average and max distance for drives of every round you play. Watch your distance increase through the year by viewing the driving distance trend.

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Why higher level analysis?

Golf is hard. Improving at golf can be a daunting task. While lessons and / or practice will almost certainly help a golfer to improve their game, knowing where to focus that attention is a critical piece to the puzzle and can help you accelerate improvement or get over that next hurdle.

Traditional statistics, such as fairways, greens, and number of putts fall short of correlating to the metric we all care about: SCORE! Every golfer has a gut feel for areas of strength and weakness in their game, but what if we could quantify just how good you are in each area? How many strokes do you gain or lose on the putting green? On the tee? From 150 yards in a fairway bunker?

Nobody wants to slave away on the range hitting 6-irons when they are losing 3 strokes per round on the green.

These days on the PGA Tour, every shot detail is recorded by the Shotlink system, and Tour players employ statisticians to crunch numbers and track performance to highlight areas of weakness throughout the season.

The Pocket Performance Analytics Recorder, or PocketPAR, bridges the gap to bring Shotlink equivalent data to amateur golfers. The intuitive software will track every shot in detail and give advanced analysis in a way that is easy to understand. In addition to traditional statistics such as Greens in Regulation, Putts, and Fairways, the system will provide detailed Strokes Gained analysis, advanced putting information, driving distances, and much more.

The system requires no hardware other than a smartphone with the PocketPAR App installed.