Its proliferation has also helped turn Broadie from Ivy League professor into golf-world pooh-bah his expertise enlisted by Golf Channel; by FoxSports in its U.S. Open coverage; by TaylorMade in its assessment of emerging talent; and by top instructors and a swelling number of Tour stars themselves.
The more golf Broadie played the more the game presented him with questions for which he had no answers. To find them he was certain he needed data. And golf data in those days wasn’t merely scarce. It was nonexistent.
“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.”