Media Mentions

Broadie, a GOLF contributor, also extended the stat to other areas of the game, including driving and approach shots.

If baseball is the gold standard as far as advance statistics go, golf is fast gaining. Statistician Mark Broadie helped the PGA Tour develop its revolutionary Strokes Gained Putting statistic in 2011 and has since applied it to all aspects of the game (strokes gained, for those unfamiliar, measures how many shots each golfer gaines on their opponents through each specific part of their game). June 2016

Strokes gained statistics … How strokes gained statistics work Q&A with godfather of golf analytics: Mark Broadie. June 2016

A numbers game: The growing importance of stats, Gene Yasuda, August 26, 2014
“But as interesting as individual bits of data may be, they’re not nearly as informative until they’re mined to reveal trends and insight. That’s where Mark Broadie entered the picture. The Columbia Business School professor began analyzing the data that the PGA TOUR had amassed and played a leading role in the creation of Strokes Gained: Putting, which debuted in 2011. … For PGA TOUR players and their instructors such measures have been invaluable in better assessing performance and questioning conventional wisdom. In an earlier interview with PGATOUR.COM, renown teacher Sean Foley said: ‘So much of what we believe is handed down through nostalgia and what have you.’”

PGA TOUR unveils Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green stat, pgatour.com, August 26, 2014
“‘Strokes Gained: Putting truly was groundbreaking in regard to having an outside source take the massive amount of data provided by ShotLink, analyze it and creatively apply it to compare player performances,’ said Steve Evans, PGA TOUR Senior Vice President, Information Systems. … The ‘strokes gained’ concept was initially developed by Professor Mark Broadie of Columbia University, utilizing ShotLink data that has been made available to academic institutions for research since 2007.”

PGA Tour to release new “strokes gained” statistic after the Barclays, Luke Kerr-Dineen, August 23, 2014
“Strokes gained/tee to green will sit alongside the tour’s current stats like greens in regulation and fairways hit, and like strokes gained/putting, the metric was developed in conjunction with Columbia University professor Mark Broadie.”

Economist Lawrence Summers, Amy Sutherland, August 23, 2014
Summers: “I am also reading Mark Broadie’s ‘Every Shot Counts,’ a ‘Money Ball’ type analysis of the game of golf. I’ve learned that it matters less than I thought it did to hit the ball far, and that I need to work more on my irons and less on my putting.”

Mark Broadie: Mastermind of Strokes Gained Revolution, John Coyne, August 19, 2014
“The statistical answers Mark found when studying the data from his Golfmetrics and ShotLink, he presents in his book, EVERY SHOT COUNTS. They can help everyone’s game.”

A master statistician reveals exactly why Rory won the 2014 PGA Championship, Luke Kerr-Dineen, August 11, 2014
“So why did Rory McIlroy walk home with the Wanamaker Trophy? According to Broadie’s article, which is definitely worth reading in its entirety, it was because of his long game.”

Are you wasting your time on the putting green?, Tom Stickney II, July 7, 2014
“As a teacher, I’m always investigating ways to help my players become more proficient both on the golf course and within their practice time. That’s why I am so excited to have come across one of the best books ever written on the subject of golf improvement, Mark Broadie’s Every Shot Counts, and if you are serious about moving your game to the next level I highly recommend that you find the time to read it.”

Make putting one of the strengths of your game, Tyrus York, July 7, 2014
“Using the strokes gained-putting statistic, Mark Broadie’s book ‘Every Shot Counts’ has identified that 4-footers are the most important distance for amateur golfers (5 feet for pros).”

Author tees up metrics of Wall St. to analyze golf, Erin Arvedlund, June 27, 2014
“The Columbia Business School professor gave a lecture like few others this week at the storied Merion Golf Club, where such greats as Ben Hogan, Bob Jones, and Lee Trevino have competed. Broadie’s new book, Every Shot Counts, employs Wall Street-style numbers-crunching and quantitative analysis to deconstruct the game.”

Review: “Every Shot Counts: Using the Revolutionary Strokes Gained Approach to Improve Your Golf Performance and Strategy,” Adam Schupak, June 17, 2014
“His book already was in the works when we met, and in hindsight, I think I served as a test dummy that afternoon, further proof for him that you don’t need an advanced degree in mathematics from Columbia to understand how strokes gained is measured. It is simple and intuitive, much like the book he wrote, and told in the same conversational style.”

Sean Foley: The Secret To Lower Scores: Tiger’s stats prove one area of the game trumps all, Sean Foley, June 2014
“I can’t blame the late South African pro Bobby Locke for thinking you ‘drive for show and putt for dough.’ The four-time British Open champ didn’t have the statistical analysis we do today. After poring over data from Columbia Business School professor and golf analyst Mark Broadie, I’m convinced the real secret to scoring is consistent iron play.”

Every Shot Counts by Mark Broadie, Andrew Rice, May 22, 2014
“With Every Shot Counts Mark Broadie has written the most important golf book I have ever read. I say that because the book has done more to shape how I coach and deliver a golfer to their full potential than any technical manuscript before it.”

The Golf Club: Mark Broadie, Creator Of Golf Sabermetrics, CBS BOSTON RADIO “98.5 The Sports Hub” interview with Rob “Hardy” Poole, April 26, 2014
“Business professor Mark Broadie joined Hardy on The Golf Club to talk about his new book Every Shot Counts. With this book, Broadie is trying to do for golf what Bill James did for baseball, and that is finding a numeric way to evaluate the game.”

School of Golf: Extra Credit – Mark Broadie Putting Game, Golf Channel video with Martin Hall, March 2014

A New Golf Statistic Goes for a Test Drive, John Paul Newport, March 21, 2014
“Once all the bugs and imprecisions are tweaked out of the next generation of strokes-gained stats, golf still won’t rival baseball or football for statistical madness, but it will plant its flag solidly in the 21st century.”

New stat helps golf plot fresh course, Kevin Maguire, March 15, 2014
“Traditional golf statistics — such as greens in regulation, fairways hit and total putts — are about as efficient in telling you the best players in the game as the maps Columbus used to sail to the New World. … These new statistics will revolutionize how PGA Tour golfers play and practice, and it will have a trickle-down effect to whoever can get their hands on this type of data.”

The A Position, Every Shot Counts, Ed Travis
“So says the old adage but Mark Broadie in his new book ‘Every Shot Counts: Using the Revolutionary Strokes-Gained Approach to Improving Your Golf Performance and Strategy’ shows this accepted wisdom just isn’t true. In fact he explains a new way for golfers to look at their games and help their make their scores lower.”

Columbia Business School’s Mark Broadie offers new approach to golf analytics, Daniel Radov, March 6, 2014
“‘I can promise you that most of Sean [Foley]’s students understand SGP [strokes-gained putting] and are aware of Dr. Broadie’s research,’ Molinari said in an email, adding that professional golfers aren’t necessarily vocal about the value of strokes gained, even if it helps them improve their games. ‘Why would you give such precious information to someone you want to beat every week?’ Molinari said.”

The Sloan Sports Analytics Conference – Day 2, Andy McGeady, March 1, 2014
“The Golf Analytics talk was superb, with Mark Broadie and Sean Foley talking about Broadie’s new approach to how performance in golf is measured. Simply put, the reliance on traditional counting measures like fairways, greens and putts is both outdated and misleading.”

The PGA Tour, Foley, Broadie present on golf statistics, Sean Martin, March 03, 2014
“The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan Sports Analytics Conference is a gathering of the greatest minds in advanced sports statistics. Athletes, team executives, media and analysts gathered in Boston on Feb. 28-March 1 for this year’s conference. … Famed swing instructor Sean Foley and Columbia University professor Mark Broadie, who invented the strokes gained-putting statistic, lectured on strokes gained and how ShotLink powered by CDW can change golf.”

Every Shot Counts, Ed Travis, March 03, 2014
“The message of ‘Every Shot Counts’ is not that we recreational golfers are worse than tour players, we already knew that, but by using strokes-gained to analyze our individual games and then practicing to make our weaknesses strengths we will score a lot better.”

Golfweek.com, “Analytics show putting’s importance overstated,” David Dusek, March 1, 2014
“The pair [Foley and Broadie] were on the stage at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference to give a lecture called, ‘Every Shot Counts: Using Analytics to Improve your Golf Performance.’ A better title might have been something like R.E.M.’s 1987 hit, ‘It’s the End Of The World As We Know It.’”

Golfdigest.com, “Drive for show and putt for dough? Not true, says Mark Broadie,” Luke Kerr-Dineen, March 1, 2014
“Tiger Woods, Justin Rose and Hunter Mahan’s swing instructor, Sean Foley, appeared alongside Broadie at the discussion, titled ‘Every Shot Counts: Using Analytics to Improve Golf Performance.’ He spoke about how he uses the data to form new practice routines.”

WSJ, “Research Debunks Golf Myths,” John Paul Newport, January 18, 2014
“Mark Broadie, one of the brains behind strokes gained-putting, has written a book that extends the strokes-gained concept to the rest of the game, from tee to green. ‘Every Shot Counts,’ due out in March from Gotham, is chockablock with telling stats about Tour players and convincing debunkments of conventional wisdom, such as the primacy of putting, the relative importance of driving accuracy versus length and the virtues of laying up.”