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What Does Gir Mean In Golf

Golf statistics allow you to analyse your game from top to bottom.

The most common golf statistics that are recorded worldwide include:

Greens in regulation

The term green in regulation (GIR) refers to your ball being on the green in a defined number of strokes. In summary, to achieve a GIR your golf ball must be on the green in ‘par minus 2 strokes’. For example, on a par 3 you must hit the green from the tee with your first stroke. On a par 4 you must hit the green in 2 strokes and on a par 5 you must hit the green in 3 strokes.

Fairways in regulation

The term fairways in regulation or driving accuracy refers to the number of fairways that you successfully hit with your first stroke on each hole from the tee. FIR can only be achieved on par 4s and par 5s. FIR is normally displayed as a percentage. If a course has 18 holes and 15 of those are par 4s and par 5s and you hit 10 of the 15 fairways your FIR would be 67%.

Driving distance

The term driving distance refers to the average distance achieved off of the tee on a par 4 or par 5. The distance is only taken into account when the fairway is hit. If the ball is driven into the rough it is discounted from your average driving distance. For example, if you were to hit the fairway twice during a round with the first drive going 290 yards and the second going 310 yards your driving average would be 300 yards.

Putts per round

The term putts per round refers to the total number of putts taken whilst on the green. Any strokes taken using your putter whilst off of the green are not taken into consideration for this statistic. On all pars (3, 4 and 5) the total number of putts allocated is 2. Therefore on an 18 hole course the aim is to achieve 36 putts or below.

Putting average

The term putting average is closely related to putts per round. The aim is to achieve a maximum of 2 putts per hole. Putting average is calculated by taking the number of putts taken and dividing it by the number of holes play. For example, if you achieve 34 putts over 18 holes your putting average would be 1.89 putts per green.

One-putt percentage

The aim when hitting your ball onto the green is to get the ball as close to the hole as possible with the intention of only taking 1 putt to get the ball into the hole. The term one-putt percentage is the number of times that you achieve this in a round of golf.


The term scrambling refers to the concept of achieving par on a hole when the green in not hit in regulation. For example, on a par 4 if you were to hit the ball onto the fairway, and then hit the ball somewhere next to the green, and then chip the ball onto the green and sink the putt this would count as a scramble.

Sand saves

The term sand save is very closely related to scrambling. It is the same as a scramble in regards to achieving par when the green is missed in regulation but you must be in a bunker at any point during the hole.

Scoring average

The term scoring average refers to the average number of strokes taken during a round of golf. For example, if you were to play two rounds of golf and score 80 on the first round and 90 on the second round your scoring average would be 85.

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Using this information you can then quickly and easily identify areas of your game that need improvement.

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