90s shooters make this mistake 53 percent of the time, new stat reveals
Earlier this week on the Golf IQ podcast we broke down a few ugly stats about regular golfers' games. Not as a way of draining confidence from average golfers. But instead, to learn why these mistakes happen, and crucially, how to prevent them.
In the first episode, we talked about the off-the-planet drives that are the single biggest cause of disaster holes.
According to Arccos, 90s shooters hit more than 30 percent of their drives either out of bounds, into a hazard, or in a spot so bad it requires a recovery shot (like a chip out)
In Thursday's episode of the Golf IQ podcast, which you can listen and subscribe to below, we're breaking down what happens on the next shot.
So you've avoided the disastrous big miss, and now you've got a relatively clear shot at the green. What happens next?
Well, according to Arccos, the most common miss for 90s shooters is coming up short. Golfers come up short a lot. So much that by the time they have a shot over 125 yards, these golfers are coming short more than half the time.
Miss Green Short % by distance
50-75 yards: 27.57%
76-100 yards: 35.13%
101-125 yards: 43.39%
125-150 yards: 52.84%
As my co-host Reed Howard and I discuss on the pod, there are a few reasons golfers come up short so often:
- The most common short miss is caused by a lack of solid contact, which means your swing is bottoming out either too early or too late.
- Golfers rarely take enough club, either because they're not judging the elements correctly or because they have too much pride.
- 90s shooters also tend to miss to the right, which means they leave the clubface too far open, which adds loft and thus makes the shot travel shorter.
You can hear us break it all down below.