I've been tracking fairways hit, GIR, # putts, # bunkers and penalty strokes for years now and have been using this data to guide where to focus efforts on and measure results. From another thread here, Mike gave me the idea to track data on where I miss my approach shots. Here's the first pass at results.
(For reference, the course I as playing was rated 74.4/144. I was playing from the tips at 7034. I shot 91 net 90 for a round handicap of 12. Four fairways hit, 5 GIR, 3 bunker shots, 1 penalty stroke, 34 putts [1 chip in, 3 one putts and 3 three putts])
On the par 3's I had 2 shots right of the green, 1 long and 1 GIR. On the 14 other holes I had 4 GIR. Of the 10 misses, 7 were short, 3 long; 5 right, 5 left.
I had trouble trying to define the data I wanted to keep to explain the misses. Three of the shorts were because I had screwed up and had 200 yards to get to the green, one was because I had to use less club to get out of a bunker and another was because I had too much club and was trying to shorten my swing. On the par 3's, my misses were away from trouble that were done on purpose (i.e. if I was going to miss, that was the side I intended to miss on).
I tried to track what distance I had for my approach shot, what club I used and factors like uphill/downhill, into the wind/cross wind. I started tracking my misses either per the pin or where I intended the shot to go. I'm thinking about counting anything within the width of the green as "accurate" relative to short/long or right/left, but I'm wondering if I should add missed right/left distance to the length to see if the length was off. I'm thinking I need to track intended distance vs actual distance to account for shorter swings/gripping down vs clubbing up/down to factor in wind or elevation vs not choosing the right club before making adjustments (i.e. relying on the perfect swing). I'm also thinking I need a second scorecard to somehow capture all of this.
Another stat I've been thinking about keeping is total length of putts.
So here's the reasons for starting this thread:
1) So Mike can help my game
2) To help me figure out if I can devise a meaningful way to keep stats for missed approaches.
3) So you can share what stats you keep and why you keep them