Columbia Business School professor Mark Broadie’s paradigm-shifting approach that uses statistics and golf analytics to transform the game.
Mark Broadie is at the forefront of a revolutionary new approach to the game of golf. What does it take to drop ten strokes from your golf score? What part of Tiger Woods’ game makes him a winner? Traditional golf stats can't answer these questions. Broadie, a professor at Columbia Business School, helped the PGA Tour develop its cutting-edge strokes gained putting stat. In this eye-opening new book, Broadie uses analytics from the financial world to uncover the secrets of the game of golf. He crunches mountains of data to show both professional and amateur golfers how to make better decisions on the course. This eagerly awaited resource is for any player who wants to understand the pros, improve golf skills, and make every shot count.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||7.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Mark Broadie is the Carson Family Professor of Business at Columbia Business School. Broadie’s business research addresses issues in financial risk management. He is a member of the United States Golf Association’s handicap research team and is a former club champion at Pelham Country Club.
Table of Contents
Foreword Sean Foley ix
Part I Golf Performance
Chapter 1 Putting is Overrated: Why Conventional Wisdom Gets It Wrong 3
Chapter 2 Numbers Talk: Quantifying the Importance of Putting 13
Chapter 3 Strokes Gained Putting: A Better Measure of Putting Performance 28
Chapter 4 Scramble and Switcheroo: What Simulation Can Tell Us About Golf 58
Chapter 5 Strokes Gained Off the Green: A Better Measure of Tee-to-Green Golf Performance 78
Chapter 6 Distance, Accuracy, and the Secret of Tiger Woods: Measuring the Performance of Pros and Amateurs 96
Part II Golf Strategy
Chapter 7 Putting Strategy: Using Data and Physics to Improve Your Putting 129
Chapter 8 Tee-to-Green Strategy: How Data and Optimization Can Lower Your Score 162
Chapter 9 Practice With a Purpose: Golf Games and Drills to Measure and Improve Performance 184
Chapter 10 The 20th Hole: Summing Up and Looking Ahead 208
Art Credits 255
What People are Saying About This
PRAISE FOR EVERY SHOT COUNTS
“Broadie is the pioneer of the strokes-gained approach to PGA Tour statistics … Players are taking notice.”
“Broadie [is] a devoted golfer with his fingertips on a wealth of golf information.”
—The New York Times
“An absolutely fantastic book! It could change the way people play the game.”
—Edoardo Molinari, European Ryder Cup star
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have played golf since I was 10 yrs old and are familiar with all the conventional golf stats that are repeated on television. Plus, I was interested in better understanding the stat referred to as strokes gained putting. Not only did I get a better understanding of this analysis, but was fascinated to realize all the analysis in the book was based on facts and not just repeated concepts. Therefore, it gives you a better understanding of how to evaluate ones own progress, or lack of, in this crazy game called golf .
I found lots of useful information. It disproves many common golf myths. It will provide some good conversation the next time my playing partners tell me to hit an iron off the tee, lay up to 100 yards, or that you drive for show but putt for dough. The only negatives are that it can be a bit repetitive and it has some color graphs that are hard to read on my nook.