Stats Wiz Mark Broadie on Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Tiger Woods

November 18, 2015

This week’s podcast features a discussion with Columbia Business School professor Mark Broadie, who created the “shots gained” stat commonly used today on the PGA Tour.

Broadie has always been a numbers man, but while searching for what separates pros from amateurs he came up with the strokes gained stat. When applied to various functions of the game, they can prove how and why players are able to elevate themselves above the competition. editor Alan Bastable talks with Broadie about those statistics and what amateurs can learn from their own analysis. Broadie calls the simple act of charting fairways, greens and putts a flawed practice.

The discussion transitions into the overall greatness of Jordan Spieth, the 2015 adjustments of Jason Day and a Tiger Woods record that will likely never be broken. All of that is included in the podcast below.

If you have questions you’d like us to answer, or suggestions for the podcast, please let us know. You can reach Bastable on Twitter via @alan_bastable.