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The Recreational Golfer

Assessing Golfer Performance Using Golfmetrics via Game Golf, SkyCaddie, etc.

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The abstract below is for a nine-page paper found at
http://www.columbia.edu/~mnb2/broadi...g_v_200804.pdf


The software application Golfmetrics was created to capture and store golfer shot data and to quantify differences in shot patterns between players of different skill levels. Across golfers it is shown, somewhat surprisingly, that longer hitters tend to be straighter than shorter hitters. Individual golfers can be measured relative to a benchmark to assess relative accuracy and to suggest whether to focus on increasing distance or decreasing directional errors. For amateur golfers, distance errors on short game and sand shots are shown to be about three times larger than direction errors. Shot value is a quantitative measure of the quality of each shot in comparison to a scratch golfer. Shot value analysis is a useful way to measure consistency, assess a golfer’s relative strengths and weaknesses, and to indicate where practice and improvement are most needed. For amateur golfers a significant contributor to high scores is inconsistency, i.e., a relatively small number of awful shots. This research also quantifies the contributions of each part of the golf game (putting, short game, sand game or long game) to overall scores for golfers of different abilities. The long game is found to be the biggest factor in the difference in scores between pros and amateurs and between low- and high-handicap amateurs.

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I'm reading Broadie's book right now, and I thought to myself "why isn't Golfmetrics an App on the App Store(s)"?

Turns out it kinda might be, if ShowMe is at all related as it seems to be. But also because the platform probably isn't exactly ripe: you'd have to enter in a LOT of data (precise location data for EVERY shot, in EVERY round, etc.) and that might only appeal to 10k users or so.

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I'm reading the book as well and was thinking the same. Strokes Gained stats tied into the ShowMe or the Game Golf product would be amazing.

The only major editing I can see offhand would be identifying the pin location for each hole. I would gladly take the 10-15 mins to do it if I had a breakdown every round of my strokes gained, with an option to view my results alongside a chart of PGA/Scratch/80/90 numbers.

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You shouldn't have to physically locate the pin. Why doesn't Game Golf assign one of the tags as the pin and when you get to the flag just tag that pin tag. The software can then be supported to locate that as the flag location. Also game  golf needs to let you locate your putts.

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