Front 9 vs Back 9
Front 9 vs Back 9 is a suite of graphs that examine how you play the course. At first there is an examination of 9’s, then 3’s and finally hole by hole.
Collecting only the basic information of Strokes and Putts is all that is required to fully utilise this section.
The initial screen Front 9 v Back 9 compares strokes, putts and scoring on holes 1 -9 and 10 – 18. Double tapping will hide the ‘Legend‘ and a long press will remove the ‘Last Round‘. ‘Last Round‘ and the ‘Last Five Rounds‘ are displayed to indicate recent performance. The red line indicates 18 putts per 9 holes and in Stableford scoring 18 points per 9 holes.
If you are inconsistent when your round begins or tire at the end of the round this graph will alert you.
Pressing the blue ‘Three Holes‘ menu at the top right of the page will take you to the ‘Three Hole‘ analysis graphs. There are actually a series of four graphs that can be accessed on this page by swiping to the ‘Left’ or to the ‘Right’. All graphs observe the usual double tap hide legend and long press last round hiding.
The first screen is ‘Strokes (N)‘. This graph shows your strokes over the round in groups of three holes 1 – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9 etc. Normalised (N) refers to adjusting your actual strokes to reflect the number of strokes against Par for each of the groups of three holes. A simple example would be a group of 3 holes with a par 4 and two par 5’s (4 + 5 + 5 = 14 strokes) vs a group with a par 4 and two par 3 (4 + 3 + 3 = 10 strokes). In order to compare 14 strokes with 10 strokes your results are normalised in order to make a visual comparison easier.
This graph shows a bad start to each 9. Colour coding is present to enable easy determination of performance. Swipe ‘Left‘ on this screen to see ‘Strokes‘.
This graph reflects the averages of your actual strokes taken for each group of three holes. ‘Last Round’ and ‘Last Five Rounds’ are present. This graph does not take into account the differences in Par values for each group of three holes and Holes 10 – 12 would tend to indicate reasonable performance compared to the normalised stroke graph which indicated poorer performance on these holes.
Nevertheless the graphs show actual performance and can be a basis to assess progress. Swipe ‘Left‘ again on this screen to see ‘Putts‘.
This graph reflects the averages of your actual putts taken for each group of three holes. ‘Last Round’ and ‘Last Five Rounds’ are present.
A basic assumption of Golf X Stats is that all players get 2 putts per hole. Hopefully, your total putts are less than 36 per round but even Professional players are happy to get 2 putts on many holes. While a course may have some difficult greens in terms of slope and approach, trends tend to emerge such as tiredness, frustration, lack of a consistent putting routine and losing focus over the round.
The red line on this graph represents 2 putts per hole (2 x 3 holes) and you can see if you are improving your putting in recent rounds by viewing the ‘Last Five Rounds‘ and the ‘Last Round‘ graphs versus your average.
Despite the inequalities in the difficulties of the greens that you are playing, trends will emerge which you may be able to address by knowing where the problem areas are. Swipe ‘Left‘ again on this screen to see ‘Scoring‘.
While Stableford scoring may not be the game you are playing, the two points per hole for playing to your handicap give you a good idea about how you are playing a hole on average.
Stoke is the true measure of your game in terms of a much more brutal and honest examination of your consistency and course management. A lapse on one hole is not a disaster in Stableford but in Stroke the damage is done and often hard to repair during a round.
In Stableford Scoring you should score two points per hole so in ‘Thee Holes’ you should score (2 x 3) = 6 points. The red line shows 6 points and colour coding helps to identify poorer performance.
Look into the areas of poor performance and see if one hole out of the three is the problem and make every attempt to find a solution. Even though it is not Stroke this graph can provide some valuable insights into areas where your Round Scoring needs work and help to located areas where you need to focus and practice more.
Pressing the blue ‘Holes by Hole‘ menu at the top right of the page will take you to the ‘Examine Holes‘ analysis graphs. This is again a suite of four graphs showing: Strokes (N), Strokes, Putts and Scoring on a per hole basis but in the context of the entire round.
The initial graph is ‘Strokes Normalised to Par’ – it could be misleading to only look at your raw stroke statistics, this graph will clearly show you where you need to focus your attention as far as strokes from ‘Tee to Green’ are concerned. Colour coding is present where shades of Red are poor and shades of Green are better. All the standard presses to hide and show options are present. Swipe ‘Left‘ to move between the graphs.
In this example Hole 3 (H3) is by far the worst hole followed by Hole 12 (H12). Good holes are Holes 6 and 8. It would be wise for this player to address the issues on the two par 3 holes identified.
Swipe to the ‘Left‘ to reveal the ‘Strokes – Average Per Round‘ graph.
If you compare this graph to the ‘Strokes Normalised to Par’ you will notice several differences.
This graph shows the average strokes that you take to play each hole, so some holes like Par 3’s will look better than Par 5’s because the holes are ranked by total strokes taken. The graph however reveals the actual average strokes taken to play each hole and also displays ‘Last Round‘ and ‘Last Five Rounds’ data. By viewing this graph you can compare any hole to it’s peers in terms of strokes taken to reach the green.
Swipe to the ‘Left‘ to reveal the ‘Putts – Average Per Round‘ graph.
Unlike the Strokes graph the ‘Putts – Average Per Round‘ graph assumes that there will be 2 putts per hole. The red line represents 2 putts per hole. ‘Last Round‘ and ‘Last Five Rounds‘ reflect your recent performances on each hole and can give a guide to whether there is improvement compared to your average performance.
Trends in your putting are easily reviewed and holes where special care is required can be identified. ‘Last Round‘ Putting can show where you have ‘one putted’ or ‘three putted’. Loss of concentration can be sometimes inferred by a number of consecutive holes where red bars indicate below average statistics.
Tiredness, lack of focus or frustration may also be inferred if putting at the end of the round is worse than during periods earlier in the round.
Swipe to the ‘Left‘ to reveal the ‘Scoring – Average Per Round‘ graph.
Like the normalised Stroke graph the ‘Scoring – Average Per Round‘ can reveal where problems in your round lie.
The red line on the graph represents 2 points which is the Stableford score for playing the hole to your handicap.
The graph will reveal holes where you are consistently not performing well. Colour coding where green is good and red is poorer is available with ‘Last Round‘ and ‘Last Five Rounds‘ being displayed as well. In this example Holes 6 and 8 (H6 & H8) are good holes where you are playing the hole well but Holes 3 and 7 (H3 & H7) are holes where you should try to improve. You can use the putting and strokes graphs to determine exactly where the problem lies.