Understanding Fantasy Golf Stats

Understanding Fantasy Golf Stats

Understand and Use Fantasy Golf Statistics

Golf is one of the fastest growing fantasy sports, and is officially the third most popular sport on websites like FantasyDraft and DraftKings. With the recent announcement that FanDuel will be offering fantasy golf tournaments starting later this season, this is a sport that will only continue to grow in popularity. What a great time for it to gain steam, never has more data been available to golf fans, and I personally think this current group of golfers is as deep and talented as we have ever seen.

If you want to succeed in DFS golf games, you need to have a solid understanding of the various stats involved. In fact, the same could be said of any DFS sport, but it’s particularly true for golf. Why? Well, because there are so many stats involved in golf and you need to know which ones matter and which ones don’t. This will make you a much more efficient DFS player; instead of wasting time analyzing stats that don’t matter, you’ll have the freedom and knowledge necessary to focus on the important aspects of the game. This will also give you more time to make smarter decisions for your fantasy rosters.

To me, the best aspect of fantasy golf is the role course and conditions play. Certain courses will rewards players that bomb their driver, other courses reward players that scramble well, or putt well… If it’s raining or windy, you can find certain players that excel in rough conditions. Fantasy golf a perfect example of why DFS is a game of skill, you have to have a working knowledge of not only what these statistics are, but why they matter, and on what courses do they matter the most.

Driving Accuracy Percentage

So without further ado, let’s start looking at some of the most important stats for fantasy golf games, beginning with driving accuracy percentage. It’s important to note that this stat isn’t quite what it seems. It’s calculated by taking the number of drives that make the fairway and dividing that number by the total attempted drives. So what’s misleading about that? Well, the term “accuracy” isn’t exactly being used in the right way here.

A player could hit two drives onto the fairway and another two into the trees, and he’ll have the same accuracy rating as a player who gets two on the fairway and two just 50 yards shy of the fairway. The second player’s drives are clearly more “accurate”, but the stat doesn’t tell the full story. Still, it’s a handy number to look at, so don’t ignore it.

Scoring Average

Now let’s talk about scoring average. This is calculated by getting the number of strokes and dividing that by the number of played rounds. If a player plays 65 strokes across 18 holes, he’ll have an average of 3.61. Naturally, the players with the lower averages will tend to be the best, so you’ll need to pay attention to this stat when building your team.

Averages change all the time and nothing is set in stone, but it’s a good stat to help you make smart decisions for your roster. Try to focus on players with low salaries and reasonable averages.

Greens In Regulation

Next up, the greens in regulation, or GIR, stat. This might actually be the most vital stat to consider when playing fantasy golf. The stat shows the number of strokes players take on average before reaching the green, relevant to the par. The par for each hole is said to include 2 putts. Therefore, in order to get a GIR on a par-4 hole, the player will need to reach the green in 2 shots.

Getting plenty of GIRs shows that a player is extremely talented and reliable. It also doesn’t take into account the player’s putting skills, focusing solely on the way in which he gets his ball onto the green. This is a great stat to find out which players have the best drives.

Cut Percentage

Cut percentage is another important stat. Making the cut is a big deal in golf. If you don’t make the cut, you’re out of the tournament and have no chance of walking home with a big prize. More importantly, players who don’t make the cut will not be earning you any fantasy points whatsoever. You need to make your roster with guys who can go the distance. Cut percentage shows how often an individual player makes the cut, and you’ll want to pick the players with the highest ratings.

Birdie Average

Next up, birdie average. This stat shows how often a player manages to make a birdie. Birdies will earn you additional fantasy points, so it’s good to choose players who can consistently make them. In fact, birdies are probably the main source of points in PGA DFS games, so you definitely want to make this stat one of your top priorities. If you don’t choose players with high likelihoods of making those birdies, you won’t have much chance of cashing out.

Average First Putt Distance

Average first putt distance is another important stat that many people often overlook. It’s easy to focus on things like driving distance or GIR, but putting matters. When the ball gets on the green, you need to know that your players have the skills and consistency necessary to sink it within one or two putts.

There are many professional players who have excellent driving skills, but putting is where the game is won or lost. If a player has a low first putt distance, this means that he’s efficient at getting his ball in a good spot on the green and is therefore more likely to sink it quickly. These are the players you’ll want to focus on.

Bounce-Back Percentage

Next, let’s talk about bounce back percentage. As the name indicates, this stat shows how well a player can bounce back after a bad hole. Specifically, it shows how often players score under par after hitting a bogey on the previous hole. High percentages are what you need here, as these players have proven that they can cope under pressure and get their game back on track, rather than slipping into a spiral of bogeys. The mental side of golf is hugely important and cannot be underestimated, and this stat is a great way of seeing what a player is really made of.

Scrambling Percentage

Our final stat to focus on is scrambling percentage. This stat shows how often players make par, despite not getting many GIRs. Players with high scrambling percentages are often those with the best putting or chipping games and, as we stated earlier, it’s on the green where games can be won or lost. Golfers who rely too heavily on their drives will tend to have low scrambling percentages and may struggle to sink the ball when it really matters.

We hope that this article has helped you to understand the importance of analyzing the right stats when competing in daily fantasy golf games. With so many different stats available, it’s easy for new players to be overwhelmed or confused, but advanced competitors know which stats to focus on. By prioritizing these aspects and using your time efficiently, you’ll be able to improve your game and have a much better chance of winning some cash.