Here’s how “strokes gained” can help your game.
Improving at golf is all about setting goals.
Of course, goals aren’t much good if you have no idea how to reach them.
Enter Game Golf – a key part of Terry Young’s progress from a 34 handicap to a 7.4
The golfer who was once happy to break 100 is currently on a run of 11 straight rounds of 81 or better, including five in the 70s.
He recently fired an 80 on the famous South Course at Firestone Country Club – host to numerous world-class events.
Is he satisfied?
Well, maybe a little. But as always, Terry has his eye on the next milestone – and the steps it will take to get there.
“When I was a 15 and wanted to get to 10,” he says, “(I asked) what did I need to do?”
Now the question is, “What do I need to do to be a 5?”
Game Golf makes that an easy question to answer with its “Strokes Gained” function – the same one used on the PGA Tour.
Terry has identified his driving distance and approach play as the areas most in need of improvement.
He’s tackling the distance issue as we speak. On the advice of his teacher – who checks Terry’s Game Golf stats before their lessons – he’s working on his release to create a lower ball flight for more roll.
He also switched shafts on his coach’s recommendation.
And the results? So far, so good.
In his last 10 rounds, Terry’s averaging 221 yards off the tee – up from 211 yards in his previous 10 rounds.
For good measure, he’s boosted his fairways hit numbers from 48% to 54%.
He’s still plugging away at Golf Digest’s Top 100 Public Courses in America list, too. At last count, he’d played 93 of them.
His ultimate goal? To knock off the final seven, of course.
And get that handicap down to 5 while he’s at it.
You can check out Terry’s full Game Golf profile, including the amazing courses he’s played and how he’s fared, right here: