What are Strokes Gained?

Columbia Business School professor Mark Broadie’s paradigm-shifting approach that uses statistics and golf analytics to transform the game.


Your Secret Weapon

Mark Broadie is at the forefront of a revolutionary new approach to the game of golf that uses analytics from the financial world to uncover the secrets of the game of golf. He crunches data to show both professional and amateur golfers how to make better decisions on the course.

Strokes Gained is a new metric that has taken professional golf by storm. Utilising data from millions of shots Prof Mark Broadie has created a baseline to enable golfers to assess how they perform in all aspects of their game (from 1ft to 600 yds), compared to other golfers. Unlike Greens in Regulation (where you’re not sure if your driving is enabling simple approach shots to the green, or your approach shots are rescuing poor driving), Strokes Gained enables the golfer to identify what specific part of their game is leading to good or poor performance. Strokes Gained calculations take into account the average number of shots for a professional or amateur golfer to get down from a given starting distance and starting lie condition and the average number of shots to get down from a given end distance and end lie condition.

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