As for future projections for golf analytics Broadie sees nearly boundless opportunity for exploration limited only by the availability of good data. One area he has in mind is strokes-gained categories that account for factors such as wind turf conditions and the contours of a shot.
“I’m a big believer in stats…and strokes gained is the best stat that has come into our game for the last well — ever” McIlroy said at a post-tournament press conference. “I’m excited to sit down with him and talk about all that stuff.”
Pulling an 8-iron he waggled and swung. Riding a light wind the ball landed on the green and settled at the back of the putting surface 21 feet from the pin. By any measure it was a better-than-average shot.