“I’m going to take a long break after the Ryder Cup and we’re going to evaluate things” he said after finishing T6 at the BMW Championship Monday. “But more importantly I need to start really lifting and getting after it and getting stronger in certain areas because playing every single week seems like every single day is maintenance at this point a war of attrition.”
A new day in golf analytics had arrived. Although Broadie hadn’t set out to rattle the establishment many of his findings proved convention-shaking. Notable among them was one that poked a hole in the gospel of the short game: the familiar observation widely taken as adage that the fastest way to lower scores was to sharpen your skills from 100 yards and in.
“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.”