If you really want to get better at golf, this is what you should focus on

WWelcome to Play Smart, the game improvement column and podcast from editor Luke Kerr-Dineen to help you play smarter and better golf.

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One of the best players on the PGA Tour, Cameron Smith has become known as perhaps the best racket of his generation. There’s no doubting his ability: He gains more than half a stroke over his peers every round he plays, according to stats, making him one of the best putters.

However, the stats also reveal something rather interesting: Of the more than 1.6 hits Cameron Smith scored in each round he plays, only about 30 percent come from throws. Most of his winnings actually come from his shots, specifically his irons: About 55 percent of the shots he earns on other golfers on the field come from his irons.

How can one of the best putters actually be more dependent on his iron playing, which is the statistically strongest part of his game?

That’s the question my co-host Reed Howard and I face on Thursday’s 12-minute episode of Smart Podcast.

Exploding the “driving for show, hitting the dough” myth was actually a major part of Dr. Mark Brawdy’s groundbreaking statistics book Every shot counts, and there’s a lot more of us can learn from our own games.

“Hit and chop…honestly, that’s probably not where you lose your hits,” says Reed Howard. Shoot the ball, where you have the opportunity to win or lose more hits. If you have a limited amount of time, this is what you should focus on. Shoot the ball more aggressively, keep your shots on the go.”

Listen to the full 11-minute episode below, and sign up on Apple here,

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Luke Kerr-Dineen is Game Improvement Editor for GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com. In his role, he oversees game improvement content for the brand that includes Help, Equipment, and Health & Fitness across all multimedia platforms at GOLF.

An alumnus of the International Junior Golf Academy and University of South Carolina – Beaufort golf team, where he helped them get to #1 in the NAIA National Rankings, Luke moved to New York in 2012 to pursue a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. . His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf Digest, Newsweek, and The Daily Beast.

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