Gaining Strokes To The Field in a Golf Tournament

Playing in a golf tournament offers many opportunities to gain strokes on the field. These scoring opportunities can happen at any time on the golf course, but there are certain holes where shooting a good (or poor) score makes more of a difference to the leaderboard. Over the years, I benefited from great shots and gained up to 2 strokes on the field on one hole; it was all a matter of timing. Continue reading

Golf Stats – Strokes Gained

This is my last installment on golf stats. As previously discussed in two different articles (1,2), golf stats are deceiving. As with all stats, the analyst can draw many different conclusions depending on the criteria that the data is measured against. The PGA Tour is trying to rectify the confusion by introducing a new set of statistics that measure the player’s performance against the field. Sounds interesting.

I decided to copy Mark Broadie’s explanation directly from this website. I thought by trying to simplify this new golf stat, I would just muddy the waters. So here it is in its entirety.

“Mark Broadie is at the forefront of a revolutionary new approach to the game of golf that uses analytics from the financial world to uncover the secrets of the game of golf. He crunches data to show both professional and amateur golfers how to make better decisions on the course.”
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