What is Strokes Gained? Strokes Gained Explained [2021]

What is Strokes Gained? Strokes Gained Explained [2021]

27 January 2021

A phrase becoming more and more popular in the golf industry… but what is strokes gained? What does it mean and how can it help improve your golf?

Strokes gained is a way of analysing a player’s performance level when comparing every aspect of their performance with other players within a particular dataset. It measures the golfer’s performance, taking into account, the hole length, shot length, lie type of every shot and putt during a round of golf. Using this measurement to analyse performance, allows golfers to gain a greater understanding of which areas of their game they may need to work on in order to improve their overall scoring average.

Strokes gained uses a simple formula to figure out whether a shot was better or worse than average, and then how much better or worse it was, before producing a +/- number for that shot. For most golfers, comparing strokes gained against Tour, they will see mostly negative numbers.

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Strokes Gained v Tour shown in the Shot Scope mobile app

What is strokes gained?

In simple terms, strokes gained gives golfers a score for every aspect of their game. This score can vary, depending on what the comparison is against. Benchmarks such as PGA Tour are commonly used and amateur related benchmarks, such as scratch golfer or 15 handicap golfer, are less common at the moment. Your strokes gained score will be either a positive or negative number. Negative numbers tell you how many shots the golfer has lost compared to the defined benchmark, whereas positive numbers highlight how many shots have been gained against said benchmark.

Typically, strokes gained is a widely used statistic on the PGA and European Tours, and often TV coverage refers to these new style of golf statistics in their broadcasts. With so much media coverage, many amateur golfers wonder not only ‘what is strokes gained’ but also, what their strokes gained data might be in the different aspects of the game. This is where Shot Scope comes in.

How can Shot Scope help you track strokes gained?

On Wednesday 27th January 2021 Shot Scope, the industry-leader in performance tracking technology, announced a significant string of upgrades to its platform, allowing users to review ‘strokes gained’ data for all facets of their game on the mobile app. The release of strokes gained is a phased approach from Shot Scope, with phase 1 being a strokes gained overview which benchmarks users’ statistics against Tour golfers.

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Shot Scope Overall Strokes Gained V Tour

This initial overview shows strokes gained for tee shots, approaches, short game, putting and includes filters such as the last 5 rounds, 10 rounds, or previous years. For all Shot Scope users, strokes gained will be backdated to include previous years’ data (75+ million shots) to ensure the best possible experience.

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Phase 2 strokes gained (spring 2021) will expand on the initial release, diving deeper into each aspect of a user’s game. For example information on tee shots over time, tee to green statistics and tee shots by hole distance. These same sub categories will also apply to the other aspects of the game (approaches, short game and putting).

Strokes gained par 3, 4 and 5 overall performance
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Phase 3 (summer 2021) will allow Shot Scope users to benchmark their performance against other handicap levels. For any golfer looking to improve, this feature will give clear direction of which aspects of their game they need to sharpen up in order to achieve their goal of improvement or handicap reduction. Initially, the benchmark handicap categories will be 0-5, 5-10, 10-15, 15-20 and 20-25, however more specific handicap updates will become available in future software updates.

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Strokes Gained v different handicap levels *image for illustrative purposes only

Hopefully this blog has helped answer the question of ‘what is strokes gained’ and you can now look forward to analysing your strokes gained statistics on the Shot Scope mobile app.

About Shot Scope V3

Shot Scope design and manufacture golf GPS watches, shot tracking systems and laser rangefinders. Shot Scope’s mission is to help golfers improve on course strategy and make the game more enjoyable for all.

The Shot Scope V3 is a stylish and lightweight GPS watch available in 4 colours. The V3 can be used on the course as an advanced GPS watch or simply use in watch mode for your daily life off the course. The Shot Scope V3 comes preloaded with the Shot Scope’s in-house course database of 36,000 worldwide courses, allowing changes to a course to be instantly uploaded within as little as 48 hours. The V3 automatically tracks each shot hit on the course, without interfering with your game.

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Shot Scope mobile app and performance statistics

Shot Scope V3 users have unlimited access to Tour-quality performance statistics with the touch of a button. More than 100 different analytics can be reviewed via the Shot Scope V3 mobile app or Shot Scope’s online dashboard on different clubs, tee shots, approaches, short game and putting.

Check out this review on Shot Scope V3.

V3 is available to buy at www.shotscope.com, Dicks Sporting Goods – USA, PGA Superstore – USA, American Golf – UK and Golfbox Australia.


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