Golf Betting Statistics: What Bettors Need to Know


Are you new to betting on the wonderful sport of golf, or just want to start diving into the stats to help you make more informed bets? Then this page has you covered.

There’s a lot of terminology floating around in the golf betting space that may leave you confused if you’re new to the game, so I’ll break down some key terms to help make things a little clearer.

Let’s waste no time and dive into it.

I want a section dedicated to “shots won” because that’s by far the most common term you’ll hear among golf bettors and those trying to predict who will win a tournament.

Strokes gained

Strokes gained is one of the most common terms you’ll hear when people talk about golf statistics. This is an advanced analysis that measures a golfer’s performance against his opponents, taking into account several variables.

Here is how it is defined, according to

“The easiest way to define the term is this – Strokes Gained is a way of analyzing where a player stands when comparing every aspect of their performance with players on the rest of the pitch. It can be in multiple ways (off course). -tee, approach, tee-to-green, putting, total etc.)”

If you want to dive into how the stat is actually calculated, the PGA Tour website break it down here.

Strokes won: Off-The-Tee

How many strokes a golfer wins against the course with their first stroke on each hole.

Strokes won: Approach-to-green

How many strokes a golfer has gained against the course with their approach shot to the green.

Strokes won: Around the green

How many strokes a golfer has gained against the course with their play around the greens, usually by jumping onto the green in a scramble situation.

Strokes gained: Putting

How many strokes a golfer has won against the pitch with his putt, the best stat to show how the best putters on Tour are.

2 ball bet / 3 ball bet

These types of bets are turn-based. They are a bet on a golfer to finish with the lowest score among the group or pairing they are with for that specific round. For example, if Rory McIlroy is paired with Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas for the 8:10 tee time, you can bet on McIlroy to finish with the lowest score in the group for that round.

A 2-ball bet is the term used when golfers are sent in pairs, and a 3-ball bet is the term used when golfers are sent in threes.

ball hit

You will probably hear people call someone a “good ball striker”. This usually means they are a good iron player, but ball-striking is actually a stat. It measures a combination of total drive and greens in regulation.

Place of arrival bet

Although not as profitable as an outright bet, you can bet on a golfer to finish in the top 5, top 10, top 20 or even top 30 or 40 on certain bets sportsmen. If the golfer you bet on would end up in that position, you win your bet.

Green(s) in the rules

If a golfer puts the ball on the green to give himself a chance to putt for a birdie, it means he has reached the green in regulation. This means they should get it on the green with their first shot on a Par 3, their second (or first) shot on a Par 4 and their third (or second) shot on a Par 5.

match bet

These types of bets are golfer versus golfer. You are betting that a golfer will finish ahead of another golfer. These bets can relate to the duration of a tournament or to a single round.

The matches offered will vary from bookmaker to bookmaker. They usually pair up golfers who they believe have a similar skill level.

Pure and simple bet

An outright bet is simply betting on a golfer to win a tournament. It’s as simple and straightforward as a bet you can make. These bets will offer higher odds and a bigger payout, but predicting who will win a tournament on the PGA Tour is hard to do and your odds of winning are low.


When a golfer is unable to put the ball on the putting green in good standing, scrambling is the act of trying to get the ball up and down i.e. putting the ball on the green with his next shot and saving par with a one-putt. Being able to scramble well is important to avoid bogeys or worse.

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