Matt Fitzpatrick Has Tracked Every Single Shot For The Last 12 Years

The Englishman leaves no stone unturned in his pursuit of success

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Matt Fitzpatrick fell agonisingly short at the PGA Championship after a three-over-par final round left him two shots adrift of a playoff - ultimately won by Justin Thomas. 

Whilst it wasn't quite to be for the Yorkshireman at Southern Hills, he is enjoying his best PGA Tour season to date with six top-10 finishes in 12 events so far; including a second place finish at the Wells Fargo Championship. 

Of course, the 27-year-old continues to impress with his golfing talent. He is an incredibly consistent ball striker with a deadly, albeit unorthodox, short game and possesses a putting stroke that performs under the most intense pressure. As impressive as that may be, there is another area which sets the Englishman aside from the rest.

As revealed by Dan Rapaport, good friend of Fitzpatrick and writer at Golf Digest, Fitzpatrick takes comprehensive notes after each shot and has continued with this technique since he was 15-years-old.

For example, Fitzpatrick may find himself 165 yards from the hole with an 8 iron in hand but he actually wants to land the ball 161 yards and 8 yards left of the flag. In the event he lands the ball exactly 165 yards and directly in the hole, he'll chart that as a 4 yard miss on distance and 8 yards on direction.

In Fitzpatrick's eyes, this gives him a more accurate data set than ShotLink because he's actually measuring against his target and not where the hole is. As a result, he has a comprehensive database of thousands of shots that has hit throughout his golfing life, including practice and social rounds, that include details of the lie, the type of grass and even wind strength and direction.

This technique has contributed to Fitzpatrick's continued ascent up the Official World Golf Ranking as he now sits at a career-best No.15. The Englishman is without a win on the PGA Tour but has seven DP World Tour victories to his name; including two season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai titles. The 2022 PGA Championship was his best result in a Major having previously finished T7 at Augusta National in 2016. 

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James joined Golf Monthly having previously written for other digital outlets. He is obsessed with all areas of the game – from tournament golf, to history, equipment, technique and travel. He is also an avid collector of memorabilia; with items from the likes of Bobby Jones, Tiger Woods, Francis Ouimet, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Adam Scott and Ernie Els. As well as writing for Golf Monthly, James’ golfing highlight is fist bumping Phil Mickelson on his way to winning the Open Championship at Muirfield in 2013. James grew up on the east coast of England and is the third generation of his golfing family. He now resides in Leeds and is a member of Cobble Hall Golf Club with a handicap index of 1.7. His favourite films are The Legend of Bagger Vance and Tin Cup.