Some of our ShotByShot.com users have had a difficult time finding our Filtering Options located below the Pick Specific Rounds screen on our Analyze tab. Sorry, we are correcting this. The Filtering features are robust, and can be used together to produce interesting analysis. I promised one of our new Group Leader instructors that I would share exactly how I run a BEST vs. WORST analysis. I thought that this was something that everyone should see. I have been doing these studies for years for the Tour players with whom I work, but every player can benefit from seeing exactly what changes the most from when they are at their best, playing to their handicap level, versus the OTHER rounds.
Use the Filter Rounds:
1. Run an analysis on the Most Recent 20 rounds. It can be more or less rounds and can also be further filtered by type and format (e.g., Tournament, Stroke play... and even by Course).
2. From the Rounds/Scoring page of the analysis, record: Average Score and Date of the oldest round analyzed (this will be the anchor for the BEST and WORST analysis).
3. BEST - Select: Score Less then or Equal to: The average score. Also, anchor the analysis on the Start Date of the oldest round recorded in #2 above. This will produce the BEST analysis. If it is not exactly 10 or half, you may have to adjust the Score selected up or down by 1.
4. Review the BEST analysis and record the numbers listed in the example above.
5. WORST - select: Score Greater than or Equal to: One stroke above the score used in the BEST analysis above and anchor the start date of the analysis. Record the appropriate numbers listed in the example above and compute the differences.
The greatest negative difference will be the part of the game that changes the most and is costing the player the most strokes on average when NOT at their BEST. The case above is an actual study that I did for a mini Tour player. It was somewhat of a surprise that Putting was the main culprit as it has long been one of his strengths. When we looked deeper, it was clear as to why. First, his % 1-Putts in the always critical range of 6-10 ft. dropped from 56% (50% is the PGA Tour Avg.) down to 37%. This is a significant drop off. Second, his 3-Putts jumped from a tidy 2% (PGA Tour Avg. is 3%) to 5%. Clearly, good to know!