“In the early days I thought of our work with Mark as giving us an edge over the competition” says Pat Goss the men’s golf coach at Northwestern who in 2011 in his side gig as Luke Donald’s swing coach became one of the first insiders to recognize the import of Broadie’s work. “Nowadays I think of it as something we need just to keep up.”
What was going on at Pelham was also happening at dozens of New York area courses. With help from colleagues graduate students and computer programmers Broadie was collecting and collating detailed information on amateur-player-reported shots around the region — more than 100000 before all was said and done. Around the same time the PGA Tour’s ShotLink system launched in 2003 was filling up with data from the game’s best players.
Is this a sensible rule? We posed the question to our panel of experts in this week’s Tour Confidential. Here’s how they responded: