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Every Shot Counts: Using the Revolutionary Strokes Gained Approach to Improve Your Golf Performance and Strategy Hardcover – March 6, 2014
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PRAISE FOR EVERY SHOT COUNTS:
"How much do distance and accuracy matter in golf? Mark Broadie’s new approach provides compelling and sometimes surprising answers to these and other questions at the heart of golf.”
—Mark King, CEO TaylorMade Golf Company
"Mark Broadie brings new insights to the ShotLink data set and uses that data to enhance understanding of both the professional as well as the amateur game. His analysis will surprise both avid golfers and laymen alike."
—Steve Evans, CIO PGA TOUR
Praise for Mark Broadie:
“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
"Broadie is the pioneer of the strokes-gained approach to PGA Tour statistics…Players are taking notice." — ESPN.com
Thanks to his golf shot database, Broadie was able to do away with the old-fashioned, simplistic stats we hear about on TV and figure out how the game is truly played. Just as baseball's statistical pioneers overthrew the tyranny of ERA and RBI by developing more meaningful metrics, Broadie saved golf from GIR with a concept called "shot value…Broadie's analysis helps us answer a question that it's never really been possible to solve before: How do you accurately compare one player with another? — Slate
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Using new analytic methods (for golf at least), the book comes up with several major points about scoring and shot making. Interesting, the early work of Cochran and Stobbs (1971) came up with some of the same conclusions.
1) Long game approach shots are most important.
2) Long driving (as long as fairly straight) is better than short and straight.
3) 4 foot putts are the most important putt. Practice these.
4) You don't make many putts outside of 5 feet.
5) Short game is less important than long game.
6) Stay far away from out of bounds, even aim in the rough.
7) Make sure your putts go past the hole.
8) Sand shots are harder than chips.
9) Get as close to the hole as you can, do not play to a "good yardage".
So, for the amateur or pro golfer, what are the takeaways?
1) Practice your irons and hybrids
2) Try to bash it off the tee
3) Practice 4 foot putts.
4) Practice chipping only if you really stink.
What is Dave Pelz to do about this new data? Try to ignore it, it contradicts his preaching.
What am I supposed to do about this new data? Get better at irons. Hit it 20 yards farther. Make 4 footers.
Easy to say, harder to do.
Even though there is a foreword by Sean Foley, this is NOT a book about how to swing a golf club.
It is rather an extremely detailed analysis of the game using a measure Broadie developed, "strokes gained." You may have heard the term used on PGA telecasts, particularly in the context of "strokes gained putting," but Broadie has expanded the concept to cover nearly aspect of golf using data from the PGA Tour's ShotLink database as well as one he developed to gather similar data for amateurs, the Golfmetrics system. The result is about as easy to read as a set of IRS instructions, but just like slogging through the tax code, if you stick with it, it will pay off.
I won't go into all the details of how he reached his conclusions, but suffice it to say Broadie convinced me that many of the "truths" about golf I heard and believed for decades are just flat wrong. "Drive for show--putt for dough," for example. WRONG! Broadie's analysis shows that tee shots account for 28% of the shots gained in a round as opposed to putting's mere 17%.
How can that be, you might ask, if putts represent about 50% of your strokes in a round?Read more ›
What kind of mysteries are being solved here? Only all the important ones, like:
*Why traditional golf statistics (GIR, driving distance average, Fairways-in-Regulation) can't rank players or predict winners.
*Why calculating "averages" is incomplete at best.
*What's more important, driving or putting?
*How should we reconcile counting stokes (per hole), vs. inches (putts), vs. yards (drives)
*What should you practice?
*Where should you aim?
*Why are the best players in the world the best?
When Mr. Broadie matches the data to his formulas, the names that rise to the top are the who's-who of golf: Woods, Els, Donald, Lefty, Rory, and the rest. There's a reason these guys are all household names and it is NOT their GIR, FIR, or Average Drive. The "Shots Gained" statistic explains it all, for every shot, drives, approach, even pitches and putts. The entire game is laid bare, finally. I would not doubt that Mr. Broadie already has a sequel in the works (he should!) because the contents of this book could be applied to much deeper golf questions. This edition had to get all the easy targets out of the way, but they are whoppers.
I can now see how every other golf book in history has fallen short. Nobody has had shot data like this in the history of golf, along with the skills to properly analyze it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A truly boring book for an amateur golfer. This book is for statiticians. What are the odds of making a shot? Are the long shots or the short shots more important? Who cares? Read morePublished 6 days ago by Andrew R. Sciacca
great book BUT.....
i loved this book... it is the golf equivalent of porn and is very addicting........ Read more
Loved this book. Offers perspectives that others don't - and science based.Published 2 months ago by Butch T.
This is a very lightweight book. He debunks had advice from the 60-70s using hard numbers.Published 3 months ago by Dennis Brake
Fantastic insights into the foundations of the game. A great layman's explanation of fundamental truths about golf revealed by complex statistical research of real-world golfer... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer