Top player shares his 5% mis-hit rule—every golfer needs to know it

June 2, 2024

The question I posed to Fitzpatrick was about cover numbers (which you can learn more about right here): How much of a margin for your error, short-or-long, should golfers give themselves?

So if Fitzpatrick budgets for a five percent distance loss on mishits, that means if he’s 150 yards away from the green as we outlined in our previous example…

Five percent is the rule of thumb for pros, but for the rest of us, we should probably factor in a bigger margin for error. Closer to eight or 10 percent, which would break down like this.

Either way, you can’t eliminate margin for error in golf, but you can learn to play it. That’s what playing smart is. And that’s what Fitzpatrick does so well.

You can listen to Fitz in his own words in the most recent episode of the Golf IQ pod below (and don’t forget to subscribe for more!)