How many greens in regulation should you hit based on your handicap?

Greens in regulation stats based on your golf handicap. Are you above or below the average? 

Andy Roberts's picture
Fri, 24 Jul 2020

How many greens in regulation should you be hitting based on your golf handicap? Take a look at the graph below, courtesy of ShotByShot.com, a strokes-gained analysis website.

For those unsure exactly what a green in regulation means, this is when you either hit the green on a par-3 with your tee shot, a par-4 in one or two shots, and a par-5 in one (just you Joe Miller), two or three shots.

The GIR numbers below represent the number hit by each handicap group in the rounds when they play to their handicap...

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You might be wondering how the +3 to +1 and 0-2 categories hit more greens in regulation than a PGA Tour professional, and ShotByShot.com claims this is down to the dramatic difference in the length of the courses played by professionals and amateurs.

It also alludes to the fact pros tend to attack more pins and go for birdies while amateurs typically learn to play to the heart of a green for more consistency.

Are you hitting more or less greens in regulation than the average for your handicap? Tell us on our social media channels over at Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 

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