I recently heard a stat that I was dumbfounded by:
The average putts for tour pros per round is 29 while the average putts for an 18 handicap is 33. Four strokes difference.
Now can that win a tournament at the PGA lever, absolutely, but remember these guys are probably all within a stroke of each other.
The argument is always that the putter is the most used club in the bag, and I am guilty of spreading the lie. It is definitely the most used club in the bag but often times that second putt is from 3ft or less so it’s not really being “used” per sei.
Here is where the stat gets interesting. The most important shot in golf is from inside 100 yards. The difference between a tour pro and the same aforementioned handicapper is 9 strokes. Add in a few errant tee shots with your driver, the actual most “used” club in the bag and you’re easily a 2 handicap without much more work.
So while putting is very important working from 100 yards in and making sure your driver stays in play will help your scores tremendously.
It’s said that of you had a tour pro take all of your shot from 100 in and putted your own purse and made no mistakes with your driver, they would only beat you by about 3-4 strokes. ‘Now those are some numbers I could live with.