Using Stats Can Measure Up

Welcome to Crowley’s Corner, the place for disc golf players everywhere.  .  .  .  .

Edition #OO6 will take a look at how statistics can help your game improve. Plus, some of the normal features of the column, so enjoy while thinking about your next round of disc golf…Here’s some quotes:

Disc Golf “Quotes”

Herein lie the ashes of the Father of the modern Frisbee and the sport of Disc Golf.”

-From the Steady Ed Memorial Discs

“The growing popularity of the game of disc golf begins with the essential fact that throwing a flying disc with power and accuracy is a marvelous sensation”

– From the PDGA rulebook

Using Stats Can Measure Up

No matter how you measure it, using statistics can help you improve. If you monitor your progress mathematically, you’ll “see” the results. Here’s how:

Keep a notebook of your scores for each course. It doesn’t take alot of work because you only add in 1 or 2 scores at a time anyway.  This will allow you to figure out your average at each course and give you a starting point for moving forward.

You will now know your average and if you combine this with a desire to improve and a willingness to practice (you didn’t think improvement was automatic did you?), you’ll begin to see the results. It encourages you to try and beat your own average so that “improvement” will occur.

Take putting. If you keep track of your percentages, you are eliminating the mindless rapid fire putting and concentrating on every putt because you have a “goal” in mind. Every putt counts so it makes you want to do your best each time. If you average is 60% you are trying to reach a higher pecentage. It won’t happen every time of course but you’ll begin to “see” the improvement in the numbers over time.

The next step is being able to use that information. Well, you’ll be able to tell how many rounds you’ve played on each course. You’ll know how many total rounds you’ve played.  You’ll know your best , and worst score at each course. Maybe you’ll realize you play your best golf in the second round on Saturdays when rested on Friday. Whatever helps you improve is good and statistics are another way of learning more to get better.

Every major sport uses statistics to identify strengths and weaknesses, separate the players who excel, or to gain an edge. Numerical information blended with knowledge and experience can help any player. Start your stats today and  see your success numerically. It’s incremental!

Disc Golf Rules!

803.12  Hole Out

B. Disc Entrapment Devices:

In order to hole out, the player must release the disc and it must come to rest supported by the chains or within one of the entrapment sections. This includes a disc wedged into or hanging from the lower entrapment section but excludes a disc supported by the upper entrapment section. The disc must also remain within the chains or entrapment sections until removed by the thrower.

Disc Golf Ticker….

Ken Climo remains the World’s #1 rated player……Dave Feldberg wins his second NT this year in North Carolina…….Barry Schultz wins US Masters……2012 Worlds to be in Charlotte North Carolina for Pro and Ams……Bobby Jones wins New York State bid to the US Disc Golf Championships…… Bobby also wins the Chili cookout……Troy Widden wins his first Open Title at Hyzer Creek and takes over the top spot in New York Ratings at 988!……Robbie T’s Double Cheese to be held at Jamesville June 5……

Thoughts on Golf

I’m an abslolute stat freak. I’ve used stats to get better, do more, to motivate. To measure not just the quantity, but more importantly the quality. Finding out that you have improved is an enlightening experience but also gives you confidence.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this edition of the ‘Corner. It’s a pleasure for me to write about America’s greatest sport, disc golf.

Gary Crowley- 2009 CNY Disc Golf Champion

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