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Golf: The Drive For Show Putt For Dough - Myth

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“Talking purely in terms of ‘dough’, year after year the best drivers make more money than the best putters,” writes Mark Townsend who has some very interesting facts to state his case that, drive for show putt for dough is a myth in the case of professional golf. But I’m not so sure it would similarly apply to the average golfer’s game.

Just gimme the facts
Mark writes, “Since the start of the 2018-2019 PGA Tour Season, the top five putters worldwide have earned a combined $3,819,365, or an average of $763,873.
One of these five is ranked inside the top 100 in the world.
In the same period the top five players off the tee have earned a combined $6,101,017, or an average of $1,220,203. Four of these guys are top 100 in the world.”

Advice for professionals
“If you’re a professional, and could choose to be ranked 1st in Driving Distance, or 1st Driving Accuracy, take the Distance all day. It’s also much more fun to hit it 350 yards than 280, writes Mark who also advises us that Phil isn’t so fantastic as his reputation suggests.

“His (Phil) short game isn’t even the best area of his game. In fact, it’s not even the second best area of his game. His success is centred around being excellent on approach and on the greens.
Since the start of 2018, he has ranked 272nd worldwide Off the Tee (OTT), 65th on Approach, 170th Around the Greens and 55th in Putting.
He hasn’t ranked inside the top 25 of Strokes Gained Around the Green on the PGA Tour since 2012, and has never featured higher than 5th in that list.
Of the top 100 shots around the green that were played on the PGA Tour last year, he doesn’t feature at all.

Fact about five of the best
Mark writes, “You could never say that professional golf is all about any aspect of the game but it is fair to say that different skills have varying levels of impact on a player’s consistency and overall performance.
Being strong off the tee and gaining strokes there has clearly become a prerequisite for a consistent ranking inside the top 10 in the world. Since the start of 2018 the top five ranked players in the world all feature in the top 10 of the SG OTT rankings.”

Link to Mark Townsend

Quote of the Day
“We believe that more strokes are lost with bad drives than are lost with bad putts. And although you have been brainwashed to believe that putting is the most important part of your score – your Driver wields even more influence than your putter.” - Marc Solomon


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