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As a golfer trying to improve in the game of golf, we often look at different areas of your game, different attributes where we can try and find the weaknesses within your game, therefore, we can try and find the margins that we can improve the most. And for a lot of golfers, what I ask them to do when they bring in their – going to bring themselves into a lesson is I ask them to bring their stats with them. So look at the stats that you've had over the last game or few games of golf and then we can start to see where your strengths and where your weaknesses lie.

And one of the key stats that you’ll often see mentioned when you’re watching on the TV one of the stats that you should keep in your own game is greens in regulation. First, let’s explain that a little bit more first. A green in regulation is classed as a par three green that you hit in one shot, a par four green that you hit in two shots, and a par five green that you hit in three shots.

Now for a lot of golfers they might find that when they look at all their greens in regulation they don’t hit a single green in regulation, but if you’re a 28 handicap golfer, you know, they expect you to necessarily hit greens in regulation. You have a handicap allowance, so what you might comes to that is that if you got given one shot extra per hole, actually you’re allowed to hit that green in one shot more than regulation. So if it’s a par three you’re actually allowed to take two shots on to that green. And you can still class that as effectively a net green in regulation.

If it’s a par five and you are allowed two shots in your handicap, you could get on that green in five and take two putts and still call that a net green in regulation. So a true greens in reg is one shot in a par three, two in a par four, three on a par five. But your net greens in regulation might be and also an important stuff for you to keep.

So a golfer that’s hitting a lot of greens in regulation is generally going to score quite well around the golf course. If you look at the tall pros and they are hitting, not so they hit all 18 greens in regulation. That guy will definitely be under par, he’s going to hold a few of the one putts, he’s going to probably knock three putt that many times and he should be under par of his 18 greens in regulation. Standing around the golf for the professionals probably maybe 14 greens in reg to make a few birdies after that, on the greens they miss they quite often get on and hole the putt which what we call as a scrambler or a sand save if they did that from a bunker. And their score will be under par again if they’re hitting 14 greens in reg.

So lots of different things we go to making up the stats of greens in regulation and in terms of you improving your golf, you might consider the position that you put yourself in of the tee, the club selection that you have for your second shot going onto the green where you’re lying yourself for the second shot going on to the green. Do you go straight for the flight or do you just go for the middle of the green? The club that you’re using, the wind direction that you’re using, your pre-shot routine all goes into determining how many greens in regulation you can hit. But if greens in reg isn’t something you ever considered before and it’s not a stat you’ve ever kept, it’s something I would now encourage you to start doing.