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The essential golf betting guide

October 15, 2013

Just how do people decide who to bet on when it comes to golf? There are so many different variables to consider - do people stick to a formula? Or do they take pot luck guesses? Here's our easy guide to betting on golf.

You have to consider, of course, the player's form. Then look at the course - do some research and find out how they've done on this course before, if they have played, that is. Assuming they have, this could give you a good steer. It's always good to check out their personal life at this stage - if they're in the process of being busted by their wife like Tiger Woods it could be assumed they may be off form.

But then you need to consider the statistics. It's a great sport for stats and there are plenty of sites you can check. The PGA tour alone has 47 categories of stats and some can help you pick the winner. But you need to know which stats to study, just looking at everything and anything won't help you and will just waste your time.

The first place you should go is the player's Scoring Average. This is, hands down, the most important statistic when it comes to golf betting. Don't confuse the Scoring Average with the Stroke Average as the Scoring Average is a weighted average. It takes the stroke average of the competition into account as well. It's made up by adding a player's number of strokes to an adjustment and then dividing by the number of rounds that are played. To compute the adjustment, the stroke average of the field for each round played is determined, taken away from par and thus creates an adjustment for every round. A player will then accumulate an adjustment for each round that he takes part in.

All of this means it's the best assessment of the performance of a player, because it includes taking into account the variable difficulty of the course itself. A Stroke Average only refers to his average hits per round.

It's also important not to take into account any putting stats that have been misinterpreted. This can lead to selecting the wrong players. The US Open is well known for needing players that can putt well, whereas other courses are different.

Also consider the Total Driving of each player - this means how straight a player can drive from the tee. And, an overall rule of thumb to find out how strong a tournament is, is to look at how many world ranking points are on offer. Simply put, the more on offer, the stronger the field.






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