Anyone who follows the PGA Tour knows that even the most intricate details can make or break a golfer’s performance on any given day. That’s probably what led you to wonder about the off-the-tee radar stats from your favorite pros. It’s a pretty interesting category now that golf has the capability to collect more and more stats with the use of radar technology.
This article will break down who is ranking at the top of each of those statistical categories. The key statistics we’ll cover are:
We’ll also provide a detailed analysis of how radar stats affect a golfer’s game and if improving them really leads to better scores. You’ll want to stick around until the end to get all the details. Let’s get started.
All the data is great, but you’re probably wondering how golfers can actually apply it to their game. Let’s take a look at some key aspects and what we can gain from this data.
While everyone likes to drive the ball far and efficiently, you can probably tell from this data that it does not necessarily lead to better scores.
There is quite a bit of variance in this data from players who rank in the top 5 in off-the-tee statistics and their overall PGA Tour rank.
For instance, you’ll notice golfers like Brandon Matthews and Cameron Champ both rank high in many of these categories. However, both these players are ranked 436th and 220th in the world, respectively.
On the other hand, you also have players like Rory McIlroy and Keegan Bradley, both ranked in the top 25, who also perform well in many of these categories.
Ultimately, driving well can help your game, but you need more than that to succeed.
Brandon Matthews did green a 432-yard hole in September of last year. That said, he is still ranked 436th in the world for a reason. His short game needs work, and you can’t always expect to drive with such precision that you land on the green from 400+ yards out.
While we didn’t list putting and chipping stats in this article, we dug into them to find that Brandon ranks 155th in putting average and 183rd in average proximity to the hole when chipping from 20-30 yards out.
Cameron Champ is an up-and-coming player who also ranks highly in many of these driving stats, but he also ranks 185th in putting average and 190th in proximity to the hole from 20-30 yards out.
All in all, a well-rounded golf game matters a lot. Even if you drive far, it still hurts you if you 2-putt most of your holes. If players like Brandon and Cameron tune up that area of their game while still driving with the same power, they’ll be in a great spot going into the future.
Nowadays, we’re lucky because we have many tools at our disposal. We have launch monitors we can take out on the course or indoor golf simulation systems that track key stats to show our strengths and weaknesses.
The key is identifying both and determining which areas you can improve. For instance, if you’re great at driving with power, but struggle with accuracy, you would know you need to hone in on hitting with more precision. Stats aren’t just cool to look at, they can also help you train with more intention. It’ll make you a more well-rounded golfer in the end.
While ranking in the top 5 in off-the-tee radar stats doesn’t necessarily lock a player’s place as a top performer in the world, that doesn’t mean these stats are useless. It’s about what you take away from them and how you use them to better yourself that matters most. You will improve with consistent and intentional effort!