Originally Posted by turtleback
I DO get it about stats. Why is it that when someone disagrees it is that they just don't "get it"? Why are you personalizing it?
While certainly not perfect, stats are invariably more reliable than anecdotal stories. Which is the only basis you've stated for claiming the fact, that the years you said Tiger lost confidence were 2 of his best 5 in that category, was misleading. What I don't get is how you imply that someone must do the hard work of analyzing a stat to see if it is valid, yet you declare a stat is misleading without doing that detailed analysis. But as you say, it is just a golf forum. You believe what you want and I'll do the same.
You're the one who made the snippy remark.
The so-called anecdotal remark is in a stat somewhere. I remember seeing the stat, the data, during the Open w graphics.
I tried to stay above-board by explaining one must look at the detail in the stats. Look, stats give general data. But if you want the real story, one needs to look at trends, and/or what occurred at various times of the year.
If you had a NFL team that went 13-3, and the other went 9-7, and were meeting each other in the playoffs, those stats would indicate that the 13-3 team would probably win. Now if you dug deeper, and it was revealed the 13-3 team lost their last 3 games, while the 9-7 team won their last 6 games, your opinion might change.
No big deal ... but your remark indicated you did not get the weakness of stats.