What Tiger Woods Shotlink Stats Tell Us

Bloggy Underfoot: What Tiger Woods Shotlink Stats Tell Us Every player on the PGA Tour has each shot tracked by a system called ShotLink....

Bloggy Underfoot:What Tiger Woods Shotlink Stats Tell Us

tag-heuer-funny-tiger-woods-ad Every player on the PGA Tour has each shot tracked by a system called ShotLink. With Tiger due back on tee this week in Akron, we’ve had a look at his data from 2010 to assess just exactly what, in anything, has gone wrong with game.

Driving

Tiger's average driving distance this year is 297.3, good enough for 12th on tour and only a yard short of his 2009 average. His driving accuracy is 60 percent, meaning that he's hitting six out of 10 fairways. So, no real problem there.

Greens in Regulation

This stat essentially records how many birdie opportunities you're getting. Last year, Tiger's GIR (greens in regulation) was 68.46%, 16th on tour. In 2010, he's at 65.56%, slipping to 91st on tour. More telling is a related stat called "proximity to the hole," which is an average of how close to the pin a player has been landing the ball. In 2010, Tiger has been landing the ball, on average, 2.5 feet

farther from the hole. That does not seem like much, but it's enough to drop him from a 2009 ranking of 55th to a 2010 ranking of 141st. Being on average 2.5 feet farther from the hole, over the course of a season is an enormous disadvantage. That's because the statistics on putting are pretty simple: The closer you are to the hole, the more putts you make.

Approaches from 175-225 Yards

This is where Tiger excels. He’s ranked first on tour in this stat and it’s his remarkable ball striking from this range is what keeps him in tournaments when other departments of his game are lagging. It's Tiger's approach shots from closer in that have been dragging him down.

Scrambling

A successful scramble is when you get up-and-down after missing the green—you chip and then you sink the putt. This is where Tiger's game has deteriorated the most in 2010. Last year, Tiger was ranked first in scrambling—he got up-and-down 68 percent of the time. This year, he's at 53 percent, which would rank him 170th.

Putting

Flying-Tiger-Woods-----21810So is Tiger’s putter really the cause of his downfall. Last year, Tiger made 54% of his putts from eight feet—better than average but not amazing. What is incredible however is that he made 96% of putts from four feet. Of the limited stats that are available so far this year Tiger’s ranking has fallen to 129th on all putts less than 10 feet. The foundation of his great putting is in danger of eroding.

So it seems Tiger’s putting is indeed at the core of his problems. The kind of putting excellence under tournament conditions that Tiger has shown in years gone by requires incredible focus over the ball. Could it be that Tiger has been distracted lately?

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