We know the stats behind a beginner golfer, with zero-figure players hitting 10 of 18 greens, making a total of 2.2 birdies per round and 5.2 putts per round.

But how does that compare to an 18-year-old handicap, and what are the main areas where the biggest differences occur?

The stats in this article are courtesy of Arccos Golf, with data gleaned from over 540 million strokes from 11.5 million rounds worldwide.

The first and most obvious area of ​​difference between scratch players and 18 handicap players comes in scoring, with scratch players averaging 2.2 birdies per round, 10.5 pars, 4.6 bogeys and just 0.7 double or worse, compared to 18 handicap players averaging just 0.4 birdies, 4 pars, 8.9 bogeys and 5.7 doubles or worse.

Scratch players play par-3s in 3.1 strokes, par-4s in 4.2 strokes and par-5s in 4.7, with 18-handicap players 0.8 strokes more on par-3s , 1.1 strokes more on par-4s and 1.3 strokes more on par-5s, illustrating that the longer the hole, the more strokes a beginner golfer earns compared to a golfer with a handicap of 18 .

Strokes are earned throughout the game of golf in all aspects of the game, from putting, chipping, approaches and driving.

A scratch player hits 56% of the greens for example, with a handicap of 18 finds only 23%. Scratch players move up and down inside 25 yards 57% of the time compared to 26% for an 18 handicapper.

Unsurprisingly, the scratch golfer is also significantly better off the tee, with an average distance of 259 yards, finding 51% of the fairways compared to 217 yards for an 18-year-old handicapper, who finds 42% of the fairways.

SCRATCH HANDICAP VS 18 HANDICAP – STATISTICS

AVERAGE PUTTS PER TURN

Scratch

  • 1 putt: 5.2
  • 2 putts: 11.5
  • 3 putts+: 1.3

18-disability

  • 1 putt: 3.1
  • 2 putts: 11.1
  • 3 rolls +: 3.7

AROUND THE GREEN

Scratch

  • Average distance to pin 0-25 meters: 12 feet
  • Top to bottom 0 to 25 meters: 57%
  • Average distance to pin 25-50 meters: 20 feet
  • Top to bottom 25 to 50 meters: 35%

18-disability

  • Average distance to pin 0-25 meters: 20 feet
  • Top to bottom 0 to 25 meters: 26%
  • Average distance to pin 25-50 meters: 29 feet
  • Top to bottom 25 to 50 meters: 12%

THE SAND

Scratch

  • Average distance to pin 0-25 meters: 17 feet
  • Top to bottom 0 to 25 meters: 39%
  • Average distance to pin 25 to 50 yards: 24 feet
  • Top to bottom 25 to 50 meters: 27%

18-disability

  • Average distance to pin 0-25 meters: 27 feet
  • Ascent and descent 0-25 meters: 15%
  • Average distance to pin 25-50 meters: 35 feet
  • Top to bottom 25 to 50 meters: 9%

APPROACH

Scratch

  • Greens in regulation: 56% (10/18)
  • GIR approaches: 26 feet
  • All approaches: 44 feet

18-disability

  • Greens in regulation: 23% (4/18)
  • GIR approaches: 35 feet
  • All approaches: 81 feet

OFF THE TEE

Scratch

  • Distance from the start: 259 meters
  • Driving precision: 51%

18-disability

  • Distance from the start: 217 meters
  • Driving precision: 42%

RATING

Scratch

  • Normal 3: 3.1
  • Normal 4: 4.2
  • Normal 5: 4.7

18-disability

  • Normal 3: 3.9
  • Normal 4: 5.3
  • Normal 5:6

Scratch

  • Birdies: 2.2
  • By: 10.5
  • Bogeys: 4.6
  • Double+: 0.7

18-disability

  • Birdies: 0.4
  • By: 4
  • Bogeys: 8.9
  • Double+: 5.7