Play Report: UAE PGA professional - Based on 18 Hole Round


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I had a pleasure of playing a round with UAE PGA golf professional Dong Lee on Monday. This was the first time running the Strokes Gained analytic on a "decent" golfer and I was curios to see how the numbers from a club professional would fare against that of a PGA Tour touring professional. I should mention that Dong is not just a club professional. He is a fine player and has won multiple times on PGA club professional circuit.
Dong finished with even par 72. This is surprisingly a high score considering that he displayed a brilliant ball-striking ability on this day - hitting every fairway (14/14) and 17 Green-In-Regulation. The numbers, as suspected, showed that he was losing strokes from putting within 15 feet.
It is pretty amazing to note that Dong has surpassed, or gained stroke against PGA Tour average in all category except in short game situation (less than 30 yards range).
His biggest loss is from mid to short range putting. This was due 2 consecutive short birdie putts he missed on hole 17 and 18. He had astonishing (to my standards) 6 short-distance birdie chances (from 3, 4 or 5 feet) but he was only able to capture 2 of them. That's about 33% success rate. PGA Tour player would make 3-foot putt 95% of the time, 4-footer 85% and 5-footers drop at an average of 74% of the time.
It is tough to make a definite conclusion based only on 18 hole round but it will be necessary to analysis Dong's putting stroke in bit more detail in the future.
From my perspective, there were issues in decelerating prior to impact and recoil after impact. I ran a quick yips test (closed-stance-pull-putt test) to see if there were actual physical tremors but the result was negative. I reckon the issue to be more psychological then physiological attribution. I have suggested putting drill with a wedge, and putting with different weighted balls.
By Lee J.H. Lee,
PGA of Canada Class A
Emirates PGA
Titleist Performance Institute Level 2
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Lee is the Executive Director of the Links Times and the creator of Hush Golf. He coaches golfers of all skill levels from the Track Meydan Academy by Troon in Dubai, UAE and at the Cedar Hill Golf Course in Victoria, BC, Canada. Follow Lee on Twitter @leejhl@UAEgolf and @linkstimes. Also on Facebook “Dubai Golf Chat with Lee

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