ShotLink Data says he should. Here's the awesome video Phil posted, ripping Kuchar and talking about his BOMBs: https://www.instagram.com/p/BwM7LszDpy7/ Based on the data, Augusta is not the only place where a longer drive helps. Just using regression, we can see how much an extra yard with the drive impacts total score. Looking at the four … Continue reading Should Lefty keep hitting Bombs?
What does this tell us? It looks like we are certainly less likely to see guys like Jim Furyk to compete on Tour than we were 15 years ago. It's easy to imagine that this is related to my last post, showing that accuracy off the tee matters less than it once did. If you're … Continue reading What is the Age trend for top-ten players on the PGA Tour?
Not like it used to One way to measure that is to see how much less today's players hit fairways than they used to. Looking at the average fairway accuracy of top-ten players from every tournament, we can see that there has been a pretty noticeable decline. The biggest decline begins after 2002, which is … Continue reading Does hitting fairways really matter anymore?
Yesterday Brandel Chamblee made an interesting tweet. In my opinion Brandel Chamblee is the best commentator in golf, and there are only a handful that even come close to him in all sports. However, when I saw this tweet something didn't seem right. Mainly, how did he measure peak performance? Peak performance is a … Continue reading Where did Brandel Chamblee get these numbers?
Looking at bunker saves since 2003: Since 2003, there have been six years that Luke Donald played himself somewhere into the top five in sand save percentage. Donald is certainly the best bunker player of the generation, and is probably one of the best to have not won a major. Looking at the best years … Continue reading Enter Sandman – Luke Donald: best bunker player of last 15 years
In case anyone needs to be reminded how good Tiger Woods has been in the last 15 years, I looked at which players had the highest Strokes Gained on Approach by averaging each players SG-APR for each year. The top ten spots consist of only six players. Tiger holds the top four spots on the list. … Continue reading How good has Tiger been with approach shots in his career?
In 1947, Joe Louis was a legend. Louis, having been introduced to boxing as a 17 year old kid in Detroit, MI was the longest-reigning world champion at any weight in the history of the sport. By 1947, he had held the title for an entire decade, defending 23 times, 20 of which came by … Continue reading Thoughts on The Match