Number of Putts and Putting Statistics by Pat O’Hara

NUMBER OF PUTTS

One of the least satisfactory statistic for expressing your putting ability is the total number of putts per round.  This is because the more greens you miss, the fewer putts you will most likely have.

The number of putts per green in regulation is a more meaningful statistic.  By using greens in regulation, you eliminate the effects of chipping close and one-putting.

However, for most golfers the number of putts per green in regulation is not always appropriate for a measurement of putting success.  This is because handicap golfers don’t hit enough greens to get useful feedback.

PUTTING STATISTICS (for tour players)

  • 99% of putts from 3 feet and in
  • 69% of 6-foot putts
  • 54% of 8-foot puts
  • 31% of putts between 10 and 15 feet

This information is meaningless for the average golfer as a foundation for their putting expectations.  The pro game and the amateur game are too different.  It is like comparing apples and oranges.

Please remember these are PGA tour results and requires a great deal of dedication and practice to achieve these percentages.  So, get out there and practice practice practice!!!

Good luck!