Golf Stats

21 Things You Can Learn From This Wonderfully Smart, Wonderfully Nerdy Golf Stat Book

January 2014
Golf, like baseball and football before it, is undergoing a data revolution. At professional tournaments around the globe, thousands of tiny pieces of information are being recorded, compiled, and stored neatly in a database online.

Richie Hunt, a former college golfer-turned statistician and blogger for our partner site, has put that information to good use and published his findings in his newest e-book, the third annual Pro Golf Synopsis 2013 (which you can buy here for $10). Now, he works with PGA Tour players Ben Crane, Daniel Summerhays, Brian Gay and Mike Weir on how to use data to help their games. Here's a crash course of what we found most interesting.
Birdies, eagles, and albatrosses are all attached to finite values -- at no point can you make one of those and score better than three-under on a hole. But over-par scores have no such limitations. You can make a 16 on a par 4. Even if you cancel it out by birdieing the next 12 holes, that's two thirds of your round gone, playing phenomenally well just getting back to where you started.
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