Track Your Chipping

Have you ever heard the expression, <em><b>you manage what you measure</b></em>. <br /> <br /> I believe the main reason that this cliche is true is because when you're measuring something time and time again you're invested.

Have you ever heard the expression, you manage what you measure.

I believe the main reason that this cliche is true is because when you’re measuring something time and time again you’re invested.

You’re time is invested. You’re interest is invested.

Now with all the fancy technology out there we can measure almost anything.

Driver distance, fairways hit, greens in regulation, putts per round, blah blah blah blah…

But have you ever thought about how to track your chipping?

Watch today’s lesson and learn an extremely simple way to track your progress.

Your Prescription to a Better Game,


  1. Lee Panko

    September 29, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Depending on circumstances, I may use any 1 of 6 clubs. I use my 8, 9, or any 1 of 4 wedges (60 lob, 56 sand, 52 gap, and 48 pitching wedge). Any recommendations on the best way to practice and track the various situations. It seems that your drill could help me in a couple of situations, but not in the many we can get into on the course.

  2. Jeffrey Broido

    September 30, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Excellent presentation, a really useful approach to a shot that I’ve never seen quantified before. Can’t wait to get out to Torrey to try it.

  3. Bruce Landry

    December 30, 2018 at 9:22 am

    Hey, finally you shaved off that scraggly beard….good idea, can you float me the money for a little putting and chipping green for my backyard too! grins.

    • Quite The Chap

      December 30, 2018 at 5:15 pm

      If you want to see a scraggly beard, Bruce, tune into the upcoming videos, lol!

  4. Bob

    July 5, 2019 at 10:27 am

    I agree that it would be productive to measure what is important and then work on it. I also think golfers often measure the wrong things. For example, number of putts can be very misleading, as can fairways hit, greens hit, etc. More meaningful stats would include the following:

    TIP – tee shots in play – number of tee shots after which you have a legit chance to get up and down on a par 3, hit the green on a par 4 or get to an approachable position on a par 5. This stat tells you whether your tee shots are keeping you in the game or hurting you. You can break it down by club if you want to look at driver versus other clubs. This should be expressed as a ratio like 6/14 for example.

    AIP – approaches in play – number of approach shots on which you hit the green or get close enough for a reasonable up and down. Also a ratio, normally x/14.

    UND – up and down – number of shots to get up and down relative to attempts. Another ratio, like 12/n.

    3P – 3 putts (or more) for 18 holes. Exposes putting problems.

    P3 – putts made from over 3 feet. You can play with this one. Make it P5 or P10 or whatever.

    P2 – putts made inside 2 feet. Tells you if you are really not making anything. You can play with the distance on this one also. If you have 16 to 18 of these, you probably didn’t putt well.

    It is easy to overdo the measuring thing. You can cherry pick the above to look at any area you suspect is a problem. Don’t measure everything. If you look at one area and find it’s not a problem, or if you find a problem and fix it, move on.

    • Bob Pegram

      November 12, 2020 at 2:36 pm

      Bob – Thanks for this. Helpful.

    • Keith @ GolfersRX

      January 16, 2021 at 3:01 pm

      Great advice Bob! Measure What Matters by John Doerr is a great read.

  5. Jeff

    January 17, 2021 at 3:56 pm

    Greens and regulations…
    Do you, perchance, mean, “Greens IN regulation”??? That would seem more relevant, at least….

  6. Gary

    November 27, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    I generally measure FIR, say 10/14, GIR, say 6/18, putts, say 35, 3 putts, say 2, penalty strokes, say 2. I also count Long game, Short Game (any shot shorter than 50 yds not on the green) and Putting. For example, In the above accounting on a par 72 course my long game is 41, my short game is 46. I had an ob so long game could have been 39, short game could have been 8 strokes better….potential 77. Had 3 one putts, so 5 strokes could be saved with better chipping and two better with improved sand play.


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