Their combined influence on golf have been likened to the sway of sabermetrics over baseball changing how Tour pros play and practice how coaches coach how caddies caddie.
That press-conference mentions of Broadie are increasingly common doesn’t stop him from marveling at them. “When I got started on all this I figured I’d publish a few papers and that would be it” he says. “I wasn’t thinking about getting attention from it. It was an academic pursuit in the purest sense. I was after knowledge for knowledge’s sake.”
Broadie’s revelations exposed the flaws in other of the game’s more stubborn assumptions. Drive for show and putt for dough? Maybe sometimes. But on average the strokes-gained-putting differential between a golfer who shoots 70 and one who shoots 80 is a relevant pittance (1.5 strokes) compared to