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!
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.
Episode 45 - Don Wallace of ShotLink
Golf data has been tracked in many forms over the years, but the explosion of its coverage on the PGA Tour centers around when ShotLink was developed. From walking scorers with pencil and paper to 3D triangulation on greens, how data is collected and analyzed has become a big part of the PGA Tour's operations through its evolution. Don Wallace has seen almost all of the development. As Senior Director of ShotLink, he joins this episode to talk about the Tour's data collection then, now and in the future.
Episode 44 - Peter Sanders of Shot By Shot
Strokes Gained seems like a modern statistical development in golf, but the reality is far older than that. Peter Sanders developed a strokes gained system in the 1980's, called it Shot by Shot, and has been helping golfers of all levels and abilities since. Today, in addition to his publicly available software, he advises professional golfers, including Zach Johnson and several others. He talks the history of his system, misnomers in golf stats and where we can get better.
Episode 43 - NCAA and Match Play Mashup
Humor me for this little exercise. The two things I love the most in sports (besides curling) are golf and college basketball. Each year now, we are treated to both sports giving us a heavyweight showdown of the best, all in bracket form. In what has become a fun exercise in comparing teams to golfers, this crossover has become my own annual tradition. This is the podcast to accompany the written piece at Golf News Net.
Episode 42 - Best Course Tour
Golf on the PGA Tour is in its glory stretch of venues. From iconic locations on the west coast, to diabolical tests in Florida, to Augusta in April. For three months, some of the world's best golf courses are on display and tested by the best players. Pebble, Riviera, PGA National, TPC Sawgrass, Augusta National. What a schedule! But, which is the best stop of the entire PGA Tour season? We assembled a panel to tackle that question. Hear from Brendan Porath, Andy Johnson, Mark Carnevale, Neil Allen and host Will Haskett on which is the best.
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