As in previous years, UDisc is using the first few weeks of pro disc golf's offseason to dig into the stats from the world's most prestigious tournaments and shine a light on the most impressive and interesting takeaways. Since all of the world's top pro tournaments were scored with UDisc Live in 2022, there's a lot to talk about, and it'll take a series of posts throughout the next couple of weeks to cover it all.
If you're interested in learning things like 2022's best putters, highest birdie rates, longest bogey-free streaks in FPO, and a lot more, you've come to the right place.
A stat-head like you might also enjoy...
- "Pro Disc Golf's Best Rounds & Tournament Performances: 2022"
- "Pro Disc Golf Stats (MPO): Who Was Best In 2022?"
BEST OF THE BEST IN 2022 PRO DISC GOLF: FPO
In this section you'll find out which FPO players were top five in some of the most important (or just plain interesting) stats from 2022 pro disc golf.
Keep in mind that all stats are just from tournaments scored with UDisc Live. Though this included the vast majority of the the world's most prestigious events and tournaments in 2022, it doesn't include every competition a pro disc golfer may have played.
Jump to any stat's top five by clicking it below:
- Biggest jumps in world ranking
- Best C1X putters
- Best C2 putters (new record!)
- Highest birdie rates
- Lowest bogey rates
- Most eagles
- Best fairway hit rates
- Best scramble rates
- Best bounce back rates
- Highest precise power index
- Best long distance shots
- Most active
Biggest Jumps in Disc Golf World Ranking: FPO 2022
|World Ranking Improvement in 2022
||Name||Initial 2022 Ranking
||Final 2022 Ranking
|▲ 15||Kat Mertsch||30||15|
|▲ 9||Deann Carey||26||17|
|▲ 9||Cynthia Ricciotti||42||33|
|▲ 8||Vanessa Van Dyken||34||26|
|▲ 6||Ohn Scoggins||11||5|
|▲ 6||Ella Hansen||19||13|
Congrats to these players for moving farthest up in the FPO world in 2022!
See all of disc golf's FPO World Rankings here.
If you're interested in learning more about the FPO competitor who made the biggest rankings leap, check out our profile of Kat Mertsch.
Best Putters in Pro Disc Golf: FPO 2022
|Rank||Name||C1X %||C1X Putts Made||C1X Putts Attempted|
Ohn Scoggins set the record for FPO C1X putting percentage last year with 84%, and she finished 2022 with a nearly identical success rate. This marks the third year in a row that Scoggins has led FPO from C1X.
C1X stands for Circle 1X.
Circle 1 (C1) is any point within 10 meters (about 33 feet) of the basket. At this range, a player has to maintain balance behind their lie (i.e., can't jump or step putt).
C1X refers to all putts between 10 and 3.3 meters (about 11 feet). We assume pros will make nearly 100% of putts within 3.3 meters, so C1X eXcludes these tap-ins, providing a clearer picture of putting skill.
Best C2 Putters in Pro Disc Golf: FPO 2022
|Rank||Name||C2 %||C2 Putts Made||C2 Putts Attempted|
Having dominated C1X for the past few seasons, Scoggins must have thought it was time to pick up her C2 game. Last year, she made just 15% of her C2 putts. She doubled that success rate in 2022 and, in the process, set a new record for season-long C2 putting percentage in FPO.
C2 stands for Circle 2, which is anything outside of 10 meters (about 33 feet) from the basket up to 20 meters (about 66 feet).
Highest Birdie Rates in Pro Disc Golf: FPO 2022
|Rank||Name||Birdie or Better %
||Birdie or Better Total||Holes Played
In MPO, the top five in birdie rate also happened to be the same players who ended 2022 ranking top five in the world (not in the same order, but all the names were the same). In FPO, that's not the case.
Kristin Tattar is ranked #1 both here and in the world, but Catrina Allen is her only fellow 2022 birdie-leader who's also in the current world's top five for FPO. Everyone else is in the top 10, but the difference between the two divisions suggests that MPO is more of a birdie race while getting pars and few bogeys can still get you pretty far in FPO.
We should also mention these are actually "birdie or better" rates as they includes eagles and aces, too.
Lowest Bogey Rates in Pro Disc Golf: FPO 2022
||Bogey Total||Holes Played
The bogey totals include all sorts of bogeys – single, double, triple, and so on.
Comparing this list to the current world's top five in FPO speaks to the point we made in the Birdie Rate rankings – that FPO isn't all about the birdies and pars are a bit higher value than in MPO. Whereas only two of five players in the Birdie Rate top five are currrently in the world's top five, four of the players in these rankings are. Valerie Mandujano (currently 12th in the world) is the only player who isn't.
Most Eagles in Pro Disc Golf: FPO 2022
Some of the biggest arms in FPO also earned the most eagles. Congrats to these women for going big and it paying off.
What's an Eagle?
When a player completes a hole in two fewer strokes than par (hole-in-one on a par 3, two strokes on a par 4, or three on a par 5), they get an eagle.
Most Throw-Ins in Pro Disc Golf: FPO 2022
A throw-in happens when a player gets their disc in the basket with a throw from outside C2 (outside 20 meters/65.6 feet).
In her second year of competing regularly on the pro circuit, Minnesotan Raven Klein found the basket from downtown more than any other FPO competitor.
Best Fairway Hit Rates in Pro Disc Golf: FPO 2022
|Rank||Name||Fairway Hit Rate
In a season where Finn Eveliina Salonen's C1X putting percentage fell 15% from the year before (67% to 52%), being extremely accurate off tees and from the fairway kept her relevant. This ranking helps show why she's still in the world's top 10 and also suggests just how dangerous she can be if she finds her putting rhythm in the offseason.
What's a Fairway Hit?
Here's how we define a fairway hit:
- Fairway Hits stats only cover players' first shots (i.e., tee shots) on par 3s and 4s.
- On a par 3, a player's drive has to come to rest within C2 to count as a fairway hit.
- On a par 4, the player's first shot needs to be in the fairway (e.g., not in the woods, OB, or in a hazard) or in C2.
- On a par 5, a player can earn 0, 1, or 2 fairway hits. If a player's first shot lands in the fairway, it counts as a fairway hit (if it miraculously landed within C2, that would also count). A player's second shot can land in the fairway or within C2 and count as a fairway hit.
Best Scramble Rates in Pro Disc Golf: FPO 2022
||Successful Scrambles||Scramble Attempts
Great scramblers are creative and versatile. They can quickly pinpoint the best windows from unfamiliar positions and execute unusual throws (often with less-than-ideal footing). Hats off to these top notch line-finders. We dedicate our next patent pending shot to you.
What's a Scramble?
The scramble stat tracks a player's ability to recover from an off-target drive and avoid carding a bogey. If a player ever throws OB or off the fairway and still earns par or better on a hole, they've successfully scrambled.
Best Bounce Back Rates in Pro Disc Golf: FPO 2022
|Rank||Name||Bounce Back Rate
||Successful Bounce Backs
||Bounce Back Chances
A player successfully "bounces back" when they card a birdie or better after getting bogey or worse on the previous hole. That means every bogey a player gets means another chance to bounce back.
Highest Precise Power Index (PPI) in Pro Disc Golf: FPO 2022
||Holes Counted in PPI
We unveiled the precise power index (PPI) near the end of the 2022 season, but it was applied to all tournaments in 2022 (and before). In the most basic terms (and with some caveats), PPI shows how accurately an FPO player was on holes where they threw 350 feet/107 meters or more (distance threshold is higher for MPO). Higher PPIs equal better accuracy at distance.
You can get more info on PPI in our post introducing the stat.
Most Impressive Distance Shots in Pro Disc Golf: FPO 2022
||Where Drive From Tee Landed
||Hole - Round - Tournament
|T1||Amy Lewis||516 feet/157 meters||Circle 1 - Parked||Masters Cup - Rd. 2 - Hole 18|
|T1||Emily Beach||516 feet/157 meters||Circle 1 - Parked||Great Lakes Open - Rd. 1 - Hole 1|
|3||Henna Blomroos||479 feet/146 meters||Circle 1 - Parked||Heinola - Rd. 1 - Hole 15|
|4||Keiti Tätte||474 feet/145 meters||Circle 1 - Parked||USWDGC - Rd. 3 - Hole 18|
|T5||Raven Klein||472 feet/144meters||Circle 1 - Parked||MVP Open - Rd. 2 - Hole 13|
|T5||Eveliina Salonen||472 feet/144meters||Circle 1 - Parked||MVP Open - Rd. 3 - Hole 13|
When we made the MPO list in this category, we unfortunately couldn't find any footage of one of the great throws in it.
We've had more luck with FPO, so you can check out the #3 throw from Finn Henna Blomroos. The commentators are speaking Finnish and react to the shot with typical Finnish enthusiasm (that is to say, there is absolutely no enthusiasm):
And if you think the course in that video looks awesome, you're right! It was ranked #5 in our last World's Best Disc Golf Courses list. Learn about it in "World's Best Disc Golf Courses: Kippasuo Pro at Heinola DiscGolfPark World."
Most Active Pro Disc Golfers: FPO 2022
|Rank||Name||Holes Tracked||Equivalent in 18-Hole Rounds||Best 2022 Elite Series or Major Finish
|T1||Kat Mertsch||1,476||82||T3rd - Jonesboro Open|
|T1||Maria Oliva||1,476||82||4th - USWDGC|
|3||Jessica Weese||1,458||81||8th - Open at Idlewild|
|T4||Ella Hansen||1,404||78||T2nd - Preserve Championship|
|T4||Catrina Allen||1,404||78||1st - Las Vegas Challenge and Open at Idlewild|
These competitors kept their noses to the grindstone and played more disc golf at the world's most elite events than any other FPO competitors.
It's very notable that the top three in these rankings played more holes tracked with UDisc Live than any other disc golfers in 2022, including those in MPO. This is in part because the USWDGC – a Major – was scored with UDisc Live, and there wasn't a concurrent high-level event with an MPO division.
LONGEST STREAKS IN PRO DISC GOLF (FPO): 2022
While season-long stats show which players stayed consistent, everyone loves seeing a short burst of something spectacular. In this section we tell you which FPO competitors maintained impressive streaks.
Jump to any stat's top five by clicking it below:
Keep in mind that the streaks mentioned here are just for events scored with UDisc Live and don't include tournaments these competitors might have played between the sport's most elite competitions.
Longest Birdie Streaks in Pro Disc Golf: FPO 2022
||Streak Start||Streak End
|T1||Kristin Tattar||8||2022 Worlds - Rd. 4 - Hole 2||2022 Worlds - Rd. 4 - Hole 9|
|T1||Emily Beach||8||2022 Worlds - Rd. 4 - Hole 18||2022 Worlds - Rd. 5 - Hole 7|
|T3||Ella Hansen||7||Preserve Championship - Rd. 2 - Hole 5||Preserve Championship - Rd. 2 - Hole 11|
|T3||Hailey King||7||2022 Worlds - Rd. 5 - Hole 1||2022 Worlds - Rd. 5 - Hole 8|
|T3||Valerie Mandujano||7||USWDGC - Rd. 4 - Hole 3||USWDGC - Rd. 4 - Hole 9|
It's interesting that three of the longest birdie streaks in FPO came from Worlds – the most high profile event of the season.
Longest Bogey-Free Streaks in Pro Disc Golf: FPO 2022
||Streak Start||Streak End
|1||Sai Ananda||66||USWDGC - Rd. 1 - Hole 1||USWDGC - Rd. 4 - Hole 12|
|2||Maria Oliva||61||Preserve Championship - Rd. 3 - Hole 6||USWDGC - Rd. 3 - Hole 12|
|3||Eveliina Salonen||55||Preserve Championship - Rd. 3 - Hole 13||USWDGC - Rd. 3 - Hole 13|
|4||Hailey King||53||USWDGC - Rd. 1 - Hole 5||USWDGC - Rd. 4 - Hole 3|
|5||Ohn Scoggins||52||Portland Open - Rd. 3 - Hole 2||Beaver State Fling - Rd. 1 - Hole 17|
Whereas Worlds came up frequently in longest birdie streaks, the USWDGC – another Major – is a constant here.
These streaks include playoff holes if they existed.
Longest Streaks With No Missed C1 Putts in Pro Disc Golf: FPO 2022
|Rank||Name||No Misses in C1 Streak
||Streak Start||Streak End
|1||Ohn Scoggins||64||OTB Open - Rd. 2 - Hole 14||Portland Open - Rd. 3 - Hole 5|
|2||Emily Beach||51||Dynamic Discs Open - Rd. 4 - Hole 5||OTB Open - Rd. 3 - Hole 1|
|3||Ella Hansen||48||Great Lakes Open - Rd. 1 - Hole 9||Ledgestone Open - Rd. 1 - Hole 2|
|T4||Ohn Scoggins||46||Green Mountain Championship - Rd. 1 - Hole 13||Green Mountain Championship - Rd. 4 - Hole 4|
|T4||Vanessa Van Dyken||46||2022 Worlds - Rd. 2 - Hole 14||2022 Worlds - Rd. 5 - Hole 5|
These streaks could include makes from tap-in range, C1X, C2, and throw-ins (including aces). A miss from C2 didn't break the streak.
Thanks to Everyone!
Nothing you see above would have been possible without the amazing volunteers who scored and tracked stats for the pros throughout 2022, or UDisc Live's partners.
We want to extend a huge "Thank You" to them all.
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