World Class Analysis

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At the highest level, success and failure rest on the finest of margins, so gaining an edge is crucial. In recent years, analysis has played an increasingly prominent role in The Ryder Cup, and golf in general.

The Numbers Game

In golf, Mark Broadie, Carson Family Professor of Business at Columbia Business School, has pioneered statistical analysis, challenging such hallowed axioms as ‘drive for show, putt for dough’.

For Ryder Cup captains Darren Clarke and Davis Love III, analysis will be paramount in picking their team and how they deploy their players during the tournament. At the highest level, it is the fine margins that dictate success or failure and Broadie’s work has shown how analysis can help tip the odds in your favour.

Mark Broadie is the Carson Family Professor of Business and Vice Dean at the Columbia Business School in New York City. However, he’s best known for his New York Times bestselling book Every Shot Counts, outlining his famous Strokes Gained method for assessing golf performance.

Mark analyses golf shot data to help players lower their scores through better on-course strategy. He’s worked with touring pros and coaches, including Cameron McCormick (coach to Jordan Spieth), Pat Goss (coach to Luke Donald), Sean Foley (coach to Justin Rose and Hunter Mahan), Chris Como (coach to Tiger Woods) and Colin Swatton (coach to Jason Day).

“Mark analyses golf shot data to help players lower their scores through better on-course strategy”

Mark worked with the PGA Tour on their implementation of Strokes Gained putting stat which debuted in May 2011 and worked with the USGA and Fox Sports to analyse shot tracking data at the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay.

Mark writes a monthly column for Golf magazine and weekly Strokes Gained analyses of PGA Tour events at He is also a consultant for TaylorMade, helped with the development of myRoundPro and developed the Golfmetrics app to allow amateur golfers to better analyze their golf games.

As one of our Ryder Cup 2016 ambassadors, we’re excited to see what his analytical view of the game will reveal over the course of the tournament.

Q&A with Darren Clarke, Davis Love III and Mark Broadie

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