Golf is a game of numbers and other brain-twisting things. Come geek out with Will Haskett, veteran golf broadcaster, as he explores the precision side of the game. Analytics, strokes gained, fantasy, rankings, technology, business, psychology and more, let your inner golf nerd out with some of the best minds and thinkers of the game!
Episode 50 - Clair Peterson, Tournament Director of the John Deere Classic
In professional golf on the PGA Tour, the casual fan is likely not aware of the tournament structure. While there is central oversight and requirements, almost every week on Tour is its own individual event. Tournaments are individual non-profit entities, tasked with having both a golfing impact nationally and a community impact locally. What is raised? How many volunteers are needed? How do sponsor invites work? That and more with Clair Peterson, who's been running the John Deere Classic since 2002.
Episode 49 - Thomas Bastis, PGA Tour Competition Agronomist
Golf is a grass business. And the turfgrass industry has become data heavy in recent years. As the weather becomes more extreme and unpredictable, courses must adapt faster. As PGA Tour players have gotten better and better, tournament courses have had to find ways to push it to the limit. Thomas Bastis serves as the liaison between the PGA Tour and the course superintendents tasked with creating the perfect course. From moisture to clipping yields, he talks about the data, technology and collaboration needed to make the perfect Tour venue.
Episode 48 - Data Golf 2.0
Will and Matt Courchene are back! The success of their site, Data Golf, has seen them add more data models and improve their player rankings, trends and tools. They join the podcast to talk growth of the industry, the Brooks Koepka enigma, Jordan Spieth's resurgence(?), who's hot, who's not, course history and much more.
Episode 47 - Steve Scott
How close is the top golfer in the world from No. 100? What about 100 vs. 1000? What skills in golf separate the best from the rest? What keeps a guy on Tour, or stuck without a card? Steve Scott is a PGA Professional who was the top-ranked amateur in the world and the runner-up to Tiger Woods in the legendary U.S. Amateur final in 1996. We discuss the strength of field at the PGA Championship, the fine lines in golf success, quantifying Brooks Koepka's killer instincts, Tiger Woods and gator clamp putting.
Episode 46 - Picking The Masters Winner
The most watched golf tournament of the year is here, The Masters. More people will ask you, 'Who is going to win?' How can we predict who has the best chance? What statistics, historically, offer a preview of success? We break down those numbers, who fits where and eliminate every player in the field until one remains. Find out who in this short, fun exercise.
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