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UK Putting Survey 2023 - Golf data and statistics

In December 2023, PuttBANDIT published the UK Putting Survey, first large scale nationwide survey of the top putting issues of UK Golfers. Over 1,200 golfers took part revealing their most frequently experienced putting problems.


The big issues

Our respondents told us that ‘Leaving putts short’ is the biggest issue for 71% of UK golfers with ‘3-putting’ ranked second for 44% of the sample and ‘Missing short putts’ an issue for 31%.

A column chart showing top 3-putting issues revealed in the PuttBANDIT UK Putting Survey

Single handicappers

What about those single handicap golfers? Do they have the same issues?  YES they do, but not quite in the same order. They leave putts short less frequently, have less ‘Missing short putt’ issues and their third most frequent concern is ‘3-putting’.

A column chart showing the top 3-putting issues of plus-9.9 and 10-30plus handicap golfers as revealed in the PuttBANDIT UK Putting Survey

The obvious explanation is that Plus to 9.9 handicap golfers have the skills to get the ball closer to the hole from the par-3 tee, on approach from the fairway, and chipping from just off the green or out of the sand. Shorter first putts increase their make percentages.


But getting the ball closer is only one of many ways to reduce putting issues. The survey responses provide us with vital golf data and statistics and key insights into how any golfer can reduce their putting problems.

Which methods reduce issues?

We analysed the data, to see if certain green reading, speed control and alignment methods reduced the frequency of these top putting issues. The results were revealing, and you can download a copy of the full UK Putting Survey report by clicking the link below.

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