How would your game change if you had the short game of a scratch golfer? Without a doubt, it would have an impact on your overall score, but by how much? A case study termed the SCOR Project investigated the advantages of a stronger short game and its results suggest that focussing your practice time on your short game rather than your long game could help the average golfer shave 5 strokes off their score.
Two players were matched up: one a scratch golfer, and the other a 14-handicap player. The idea was for the 14-hadicap golfer to play his normal game and whenever he came within 9-iron range the scratch golfer would place his ball next to the other one and play from there. From there our average player could see the difference that a scratch player’s short game would make on his own playing.
The results were impressive. The scratch golfer won the round by 14 strokes. The better score was not based on him chipping in 3 or 4 times, but by consistently getting 4-5 feet closer to the pin off of every chip. Reading the greens like you would read a putt were also helping the scratch golfer get it close.
From this experience our average golfer changed his practice and play tactics. He still practices the same amount per month, but instead of spending 70-80% of his time on mid irons and driver shots, he now works 70% of his time on chipping and putting. As a result our player, who originally had a GHIN index of 14.5 dropped his score down to 9.8. Those numbers speak for themselves.
Marine Drive Golf Club is proud to say that over 25% of our members hold handicaps of 10 or less. Perhaps a little more time on the short game could increase that percentage even more. How many strokes do you think you can save by working more on your short game?
Source: SCOR Golf.com