Shot Quality and Player Quality – How Clippd identifies golfing skill

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Shot Quality and Player Quality – How Clippd identifies golfing skill

Clippd has created two performance metrics, Shot and Player Quality, that present a compelling new way to understand and measure golfing skill — both overall and in each area of the game.

These powerful metrics gives golfers and golf coaches a more precise and immediate way to appreciate how good a particular shot was and how good a player is at a given point in time.

Shot Quality and Player Quality build on the advances made by Strokes Gained, but factor in additional layers of all-important context. The additional layers of context Clippd factors in are course difficulty, weather conditions, course conditions, temperature and altitude/elevation.

Shot Quality

Shot Quality is the foundation, measuring each individual shot – both on and off the course. Shot Quality takes into account distance, lie, end result and other factors that impact the difficulty of each shot. 

Shot Quality is represented as a number between 0 and 200. Zero represents the worst possible outcome, such as a lost ball or hitting out of bounds; 100 is the quality expected of a shot by a typical male tour player; and 200 representing “statistical perfection”, such as a hole-in-one or a hole out from the fairway.

Player Quality

Player Quality works on the same scale and is created via a proprietary Clippd Algorithm that rolls up all of the shots a player hits. Based on those shots, the algorithm predicts how well the golfer will play the next time they step up to hit a ball.  

Like Shot Quality, Player Quality is represented as a number between 0 and 200, with 100 representing male tour standard.

Clippd offers a range of player ability comparisons within the platform, allowing golfers to compare themselves with players of the quality they aspire to. Players can choose which Player Ability Comparisons they want to see displayed in Clippd by clicking on Settings and selecting Display Preferences. Some of these Player Quality comparisons are listed below.

Female 10 Hcp: 71; Male 15 Hcp: 72; Male 10 Hcp: 74; Female 5 Hcp: 77; Male 5 Hcp: 81; Female Scratch Hcp: 84; Male Scratch Hcp: 87; Female Div 1 College: 87; LPGA Tour Avg: 89; Male Plus Hcp: 93; Male Div 1 College: 95; LPGA Tour Top 25: 97; Male Tour Avg: 100; Male Tour Top 25: 108

Player Quality is dynamic and more sensitive to current form than handicap. It can be viewed overall, but also broken down to the specific parts of the game such as Off The Tee (OTT) or Putting (PUTT). We use Machine Learning to then measure what happens and see how accurate we were.  

Over time, Clippd's AI smarter and more tailored to the individual, giving unique insights into the golfer's playing ability.

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