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"Broadie [is] a devoted golfer with his fingertips on a wealth of golf information" — New York Times

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.” 
—ESPN.com

“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

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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Avery (March 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592407501
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592407507
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.9 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Marc R. Halley on March 23, 2014
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I have great respect for Mark Broadie's research, and highly anticipated this book. It's better than expected.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
Should you go for the green or lay up? Putt aggressively or die the ball into the hole? Who scores better, a good driver or a good putter? Quantitative researcher Mark Broadie, a professor at Columbia Business School, member of the USGA handicap research team, and former club champion at Pelham CC, applied the same rigorous statistical methods used by Wall Street’s quants to the game of golf to find the answers to these and other major questions of golf strategy. You’ll be surprised at the answers as he reports them in Every Shot Counts.

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?
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Mr. Broadie has combined sophisticated data analysis with the PGA's state-of-the-art shot tracking database (Shotlink) to finally solve nearly all the age-old dilemmas in golf. It is a fascinating work, and heralds a new era in golf statistics, analytics, and ramifications to strategy. Without either (the analysis) and the data (shotlink) these truths would have continued to be hidden.

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.
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This is an excellent new book on simple strategies and ideas that will consistently help lower the average golfer's scoring. While some of the tips deal with the fundamentals, the biggest and most important help comes from simply learning how to make smarter decisions after mistakes or the poor positions we 16+ handicap golfers frequently find ourselves in. I can clearly see how these decisions can be easily applied to legitimately cut 2-3+ strokes a round from the average weekend warrior's total. I have been playing golf since I was seventeen and will begin putting as many of these tips as I can remember into my strategy starting tomorrow morning with my weekly Saturday foursome. There are some ideas here that even the scratch golfer would do well to learn about. The book is a good value. Glad I ordered it.
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