Whether you are new to golf or have been playing for a long time, it is human nature to know how you compare to others playing the sport.
While your favorite golfers are shooting in the low 60’s on TV, your average golfer is shooting around 95 for 18 holes.
So How many golfers can break 100?
According to multiple reports from the National Golf Foundation and the PGA, approximately 50% of all golfers that keep track of their score and follow the rules of golf can break a score of 100.
This 50% calculation is only an approximation because it includes only those who record into a handicap system to register scores. ( like GAM or GHIN ).
This means that the actual amount of golfers who cannot break 100 may be much higher as many golfers don’t follow the rules, play multiple golf balls or don’t record their golf scores into a database.
How many golfers can shoot under 80?
This is where things get interesting. While the bulk of golfers shoot between 90 and 110, the percentage lowers dramatically in the number of golfers who can shoot 80 or lower.
According to the PGA and the National Golf Foundation, an average of 2% of the golfing population can break a golf score of 80 or lower.
This is crazy to think about because the difference between shooting a 79 and a 63 (tour player score) is a dramatic difference yet only 2% of golfers can ever shoot a 79. This just adds to how hard golf can be!
What do Professionals Score?
Last year on the PGA Tour for Men, the average score in 2018 was 70.5 for 18 holes with the lowest average being 68.6 from Dustin Johnson.
On the LPGA tour, the average score for 2018 was 71.5 for 18 holes with the lowest average score being, Ariya Jutanugarn with 69.4.
Now I could not find an exact percentage. However, it can be assumed that .03% of golfers will ever be able to average what these tour players average.
Again, this percentage is a very rough estimation. It is possible that the real percentage of golfers who can shoot that low golf scores is much lower compared to the millions of golfers that play around the world.
Sad, depressed, frustrated about your game? Don’t Worry!
After reading some of these stats, you may be in a dark place right now with your golf game. It’s okay! You can always get better.
A majority of golfers who score in the 90-110 category don’t ever go to the driving range, take lessons or improve upon their skills. This is where you can push through and surpass them.
Tip: If you have the time, take 5 minutes and check out my free golf school where I go over all of the fundamentals and give you loads of information that you can use to improve your game, today!
A good golf score for a beginning golfer is a score of 95-115. Anything lower or higher than this range is expected, but when first learning the game of golf, any score in this range shows progress.
The best way to improve your golf game quickly is to take personalized golf lessons where you will receive drills and techniques aimed towards improving your game and lower scores.
The most golf strokes made around the green. This can be by either chipping or putting.