Introducing Scoring Impact

As golfers we practice to get better and typically judge performance by the end score on the scorecard. In golf there are no fractions. We typically all remember the putts we missed as chances gone by and overemphasize the importance of the flatstick on the end result. This is likely because putting is the most binary of golfing skills, the ball either goes in or it doesn’t. Does perception match reality?

First let’s introduce the concept of “Scoring Impact”.

Scoring Impact for Strokes Gained Approach

Once you play more than 5 rounds using a shot tracking app like PocketPAR, you get a distribution of scores varying from your best days to your worst days. “Scoring Impact” is a measurement of how various factors explain the variation in scores. We show this impact via a simple correlation plot with a linear fit. An example of this is shown for Strokes Gained Approach vs. Score.


Clearly we can see a trend from the SG Approach plot. When the player has a better ball striking day on approach shots, he/she scores better. This intuitively makes sense… but how do we put it into perspective? The impact number in this case is 0.6 or 60%. This means that 60% of the scoring variation can be attributed to Strokes Gained / Lost on Approach shots.

Scoring Impact from Putting

To the left is Strokes Gained Putting impact for the same player. The best fit line certainly shows a relationship in which score improves with putting, however it is not as clear or obvious when looking at the data. In this case, the impact number is just 16%. This is 1/4th the impact of approach shots, meaning the player would be much better off putting in work on approach shots than putting if he wants to see scores improve.

We can expand this approach to all elements of Strokes Gained and even to traditional metrics such as Fairways, Greens, and # of Putts. After reviewing data from several of our power users over various handicap ranges, the summary data is shown in the table below where several trends appear:

  1. For all handicap groups, Approach shots were at the top in terms of impact on scoring.
  2. As handicap increased, so did impact of Driving on overall score.
  3. Putting was the least impactful area on overall score for all handicap groups, except one.
  4. Traditional metrics don’t correlate well with improved scoring.

Tracking traditional metrics is easy, but it doesn’t tell you how to improve. To reveal true opportunities you need advanced shot tracking and stats such as those provided by PocketPAR. Subscribe today to get easy access to these advanced stats and more in the “Analyze” section or check out our in-app demo for just how much you learn about your game.

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From the Lab: Club Data

You asked for it, we got it. We’ve added the ability to track clubs with your shots in PocketPAR.

Manage Clubs in “Tweak” Menu

With our advanced stats engine, we can show you more than just how far you hit a 7 iron. Our shot tracking algorithms can tell you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about how you hit your clubs:

  1. Distance
  2. Proximity to the Hole
  3. Iron / Wedge Accuracy (Greens in Regulation)
  4. Driving Accuracy (Fairways Hit)

Need to know how if you are more accurate with a Driver or 3W? The max yardage you’ve ever hit a hybrid? We provide all this data to make it easier for you to understand your performance in simple to read box plots.

Start tracking shots today and #MakeMoreBirdies with PocketPAR!

PocketPAR on Apple Watch

The most requested feature for PocketPAR has been Apple Watch support and it is finally here. In the latest release, PocketPAR now officially supports Apple Watch both for yardages and for shot tracking.

The Watch extension requires WatchOS4.0+ be installed and is compatible with all versions of Apple Watch. Quickly get yardages to front / middle / back portions of the green.

Track shots by tapping the score button. Your current GPS location will be saved and you will be given an opportunity to indicate your lie and club used.

Select your lie or mark the location of the hole by pressing the pin button. The data is saved and sent to your phone as soon as a connection is available.

We kept it simple. Nobody wants to stare at small maps on their wrist or try to zoom in on a screen of this size. Simple yardages, simple shot tracking.

For more complicated needs (such as editing shots, layup yardages, and scorecards), the data is always right at your fingertips on your phone. We wanted a watch app that allows you to focus on golf while making tracking shots even easier.

Let’s #MakeMoreBirdies.

**Note: There are limitations when using Apple Watch that prevent PocketPAR from forcing GPS data from the watch. In some cases GPS data will come from the iPhone. For more details and work-arounds, please see our blog on Apple Watch Limitations.

Feature Focus: Summary and Statistics

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Time to highlight features you may have missed and show how PocketPAR can help you improve. 

So you’ve finished your round, logged all your shots, and saved the data… Now what? As you’re about to head to the 19th hole and reflect on the day’s adventures, time to arm you with some analysis. PocketPAR‘s round summary will get you what you need from advanced to traditional statistics.

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From the Lab: Scorecard Overhaul + Heatmap

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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”