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How these leading college golfers use Clippd

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How these leading college golfers use Clippd

Clippd is being used by college golf programs that enjoyed standout seasons in 2022/23. Here, we talk to players from Wake Forest, recently crowned NCAA Div 1 champions for the first time, the University of Kentucky and five-time winners University of Louisiana Monroe to understand how they’re using the platform and how it’s helping them.

The Wake Forest Women’s Team has been using Clippd for a year. The Demon Deacs won a program-record six tournaments last season, including a first national championship in program history. Senior Rachel Kuehn claimed two individual titles and is ranked 5 in the WAGR Women’s Rankings. Emilia Migliaccio is the reigning North & South Women's Amateur Champion and was runner-up in the 2021 ANWA. Sophomore Carolina Chacarra won twice in her debut season at Wake Forest and was one of five Wake Forest players to be named in the All-ACC team. 

The University of Kentucky Women’s Team has been using Clippd since the tail end of the fall season, when they won back to back team titles and set a program scoring record. Jensen Castle won the 2021 US Women’s Amateur Championship and claimed her first collegiate medallist honours this season. She was joined in the field of the 2023 Augusta National Women’s Amateur by Junior Laney Frye, who also qualified for the 2021 Women’s US Open at Pine Needles.

Chantal Dueringer was a leading light in the University of Louisiana Monroe team, one of the first women’s college programs to join Clippd. The Warhawks scored five tournament wins in 2022/23 – a program record. Their fifth victory came in the Sun Belt Conference Championship and they’ve now risen to a best ever 75th on the GolfStat Div I Rankings. Chantal won her first individual title earlier this year and recorded seven other top-10 finishes.

How do you use Clippd?

Carolina Chacarra (Wake Forest, below): We use Clippd Capture to put our stats in after every competitive round. We did some practice rounds at the start of the year as well, which was very helpful to get data. We mainly look at the strengths, what's good when you score well and also what can help me improve, score better and play my best. Then we base our practice on that data. I feel like it's really important because it’s solid data and facts and you know as soon as you improve those things, your scoring is going to improve.

Laney Frye (Kentucky): I enter my data during my round, which makes it really convenient. You just click submit when you're done, and then we'll go over the stats with our coaches when we get back and just kind of see what was lacking, where there's room for improvement. We use What To Work On to look at how I can make the most use of my practice. 

Chantal Dueringer (University of Louisiana-Monroe): I believe it's very important to have structured practice. I struggle with 30-60 yard pitches, so this is something I can easily see in Clippd and Coach can set the practice for us. Then we do specific drills and that's really good because it’s an easy fix technically, you can practise something that you know you were lacking and then you can start to feel better because you can see you’re improving it bit by bit. 

"You can use Clippd to really to guide your practice and to get a sense of the most important parts of your game." Rachel Kuehn, Wake Forest

Emilia Migliaccio (Wake Forest): After I put in my score using Clippd Capture, I like to go back into the analysis. I like to look at my Strokes Gained from each category – off the tee, approach, around the green and putting. It's interesting to see how I improved during the tournament and also what has changed over the course of many tournaments. I love the percentages of what's most important for scoring and also What To Work On. Sometimes you know exactly what you need to work on and other times it can be a little bit ambiguous. It’s nice to have a platform that’s very objective about those things. 

Rachel Kuehn (Wake Forest, below): It's been a really helpful program for us to work with because it not only talks about what you do on the golf course, about your round and individual shots that you hit, but it also gives you a bigger picture of when you play well, what goes well in your game. You can use that really to guide your practice and to get a sense of the most important parts of your game. Obviously every part is important, but there's parts to everyone's game that are most important. For me, to have a sense of trends and a sense of consistency and understanding of what's important to my scoring has been incredible for structuring my practice. 

Jensen Castle (Kentucky): Clippd tells you what's most important to your game for you to play well, which I think is very interesting. At first, whenever I saw that data, I was like, 'Yeah, that's not going to be right.’ But as my good rounds have come in, I've watched the numbers fluctuate and I actually do agree with what it says about what's most important to my game when I'm playing my best golf. Did I agree with it in the beginning? No. I thought that was absolutely ridiculous! Clippd told me that when I play my best golf, my chipping is what saves me. I was completely shocked when I saw that. But as I've started to play good golf and realise where I'm scoring, it's exactly right.

How much does knowing exactly what to work on, and then doing that work, help to build confidence going into tournaments?

Rachel Kuehn: Confidence is such a critical part of golf. Knowing I'm in the fairways and knowing I've put the work in and I've been working on the right things, then it's just a feeling of comfort knowing that you're doing everything you can to produce the best shot you can. 

Laney Frye (below): Ted [Scott, Laney’s coach] always told me it's like taking a math test. If you do the preparation and the study and the homework and you learn the formulas, you aren't nervous. The preparation and knowing that you're preparing in the right areas really does make a difference. 

Chantal Dueringer (below): I had a lot of classes, so I needed to study a lot. If I had those three hours, I needed to use that time efficiently. That's what I can do by looking at my stats, by looking at what I'm lacking and then working on that specifically in those three hours. Then I know I did what I needed to do so I can set it aside and focus on something else. 

Carolina Chacarra: For sure. I think it also helps that I might not be feeling comfortable and I might not be playing my best, but there are things that are still good. Coach likes to say that we're not as off as we might think we are! 

Jensen Castle (below): I think it will definitely benefit a lot of players, knowing that the stats they have seen from the last few tournaments show they need to work on, say, eight footers. Personally, I reflect on the stats, but it's not like all I do the next week is grind on that. I continue to do what I've done in the past and maybe I'll initiate a little eight footer session there because I wasn't making any eight footers the week before.

Have you seen an improvement in your performance because of Clippd? 

Rachel Kuehn: Yeah, I think so. I think with the help it's provided me to structure my practice, it's given me confidence that I'm working on the right parts of my game, which translates to the golf course and almost makes the work that I'm putting in more effective. I'm getting a bigger bang for my buck

"Clippd tells you what's most important to your game for you to play well, which I think is very interesting." Jensen Castle, Kentucky

Laney Frye: I think for me, it's more of a confidence piece. I can go to the next event feeling confident that, hey, I've worked on the clubs that I'm going to have in and I've worked on my four footers because they’re worse than my five footers. Stuff like that, you can just build confidence off of. Whether or not it's actually shaping your game right now, you know it will in the long term and you can know that you've worked on it. 

Emilia Migliaccio (above): Yeah, I would say so. I think because it gives you that option to dive really deep into each shot you hit, which for me is better in the off-season, or you can look at general things about your game. I love numbers and stats, but sometimes I can get a little too wrapped up in it. [Coach] Ryan [Potter] has really been the driving force in looking at all those details and telling me what I need to work on. I would say because of his analysis, I've been able to get better and he's obviously using Clippd to do that. I find it a really useful resource.