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Jason Day’s 2015 Scoring Chart

If you couldn’t have Jordan Spieth’s 2015 season, you would probably want Jason Day’s. Jason made nearly $12M on the course last year. And to think that was 2nd on the list is mindboggling. To show you what sort of year Jason Day had, I have displayed in the chart below all of Jason Day’s 2015 scores and the frequency in which he shot those scores (please note there may be some European Tour scores included).

You can see that his average score was 68.86 and his median was 69.2. These scores are also displayed with lines on the chart. His average score is depicted with a blue line and his median with a white line. The median for those who don’t know (or remember from college stats class) is the middle which in this case means there are as many rounds of golf and therefore scores on the left side of the white line as there are on the right side of the white line. That said, the scores on the left side of the white line are lower than the median and the scores on the right side of the white line are higher.

Jason Day's 2015 scores GRAPH

Things to Note:
• The difference between his best and worst scores of the 2015 season was 20 strokes. Take out the horrible 81 and it’s still a 15 stroke difference between his best (61) and worst (76) rounds of the year. I have done this charting on several players over the past few years and the lowest margin between best and worst rounds was Yani Tseng with 12 strokes in 2011.
• There is a 50% chance that he’ll shoot his median score or lower and a 50% chance that he’ll shoot his median score or higher.

Key Takeaways:
• The best players in the world tend to have a 13-14 stroke gap between their best and worst rounds of the year.
• Players tend to shoot their lowest score only one or maybe two times during a season.
• All golfers have some sort of “bell” curve of shots. It’s very challenging to squish that curve to less than a 12 shot difference. We’re all just working to move the curve to the left giving us a lower scoring average.
• If you divided this chart into thirds with an equal number of rounds into each third, you can begin to think that there are average scores, worse than average scores and better than average scores. That said, the same concept is true for the kinds of bounces you will encounter, the kinds of weather you will play in, the types of courses you will play, the personality of the opponents you will play with, the tee time you draw, the type of warm-up you may have and more.

Next week, I will post Jordan Spieth’s 2015 chart and we’ll see how these two players compare.

A special thank you goes out to Dr. Rick Jensen for sharing his wisdom and who explains such charts so wonderfully with his famous jar of marbles.


Your Hands Will Follow Your Eyes

Your Hands Will Follow Your Eyes

I went to a Porsche World Road Show yesterday to race some Porsches around a race track.  What a great experience!  But one thing that I heard the instructor tell us when going around a curve was to look well ahead of where you are because “your hands will follow your eyes.”

The same is very true in golf as we could all learn to get out of our own way a little better than what we tend to do in this great game.  Whether you’re hitting a full swing shot engaged in your target or rolling a putt to the hole, we should do the same – your body will perform well when you let your eyes “drive” the motion.

Just had the fortunate experience of doing three live segments on The Golf Channel’s Morning Drive as well as a dozen or so taped tips and we talked about that very same thing as it relates to putting.  Take a look at the link below for the segment.