More Goodness- Putting
By Kickntrue on 8/11/10
Yes- One of my posts each of the next 3 days is going to be links to the MoneyGolf articles. They are just too good not to read. Today's lesson in stats- putting.
The poster boy for the difference between MIT's putts-gained-per-round rankings and the standard stats is Ernie Els. From 2003 to 2008, the South African star ranked 15th in the PGA Tour's putting average. During that same period, he ranked 283rd in putts gained per round—his -0.63 mark means he gave back six-tenths of a stroke to the field each 18 holes with his substandard putting.

In this case, the putts gained per round stat matches what golf fans see with their eyes: Els is a wonderful iron player but a poor putter. The reason Els' putting average is so strong, the MIT team explains, is that—on account of his great iron shots—his "first putt" distance is two feet shorter than the average pro. Putts gained per round strips away those approach shots and reveals the truth: Ernie Els is an elite player despite his putting, not because of it.
Want to take a wild guess who's putting HELPED his game the most? It's not a trick question.
The MIT study also confirms a fact that, until this year, was a given in golf statistics: the ridiculous dominance of Tiger Woods. From 2003 to 2008, he ranked first in both putting average and putts gained, bettering the field by seven-tenths of a stroke per round with his putting alone. To put that in perspective, if Tiger was paired with Ernie Els, Ernie would give up almost a stroke and a half to Tiger on the greens.
I highly doubt anything you're doing at work today is that important or more interesting than reading this.

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[ comments ]
Kurt the Knife says:
whew. lots of folks with a lot of time on their hands.
Kickntrue says:
@KtK- I'd argue no more so than the daily barrage of "Studies report..." that you see on the news daily (or any job for that matter). People care about the information- so they make it their job to digest it. Beats "learning" that eating fast food daily makes you fat! ... who'd have thunk it...?
rmumph1 says:
I look forward to this stuff at work
rmumph1 says:
Now how do I do this for myself. I don't care about Tiger or PGA, I wanna know my stats.
brianshaffer32 says:
It gets me through the day... def. interesting!!!
Banker85 says:
good read. It makes perfect sense that putting isn't everything. is this to analytical to catch on with the general public? my guess is yes.
Kurt the Knife says:

oh crap.
I thought it was may statistics class.
Bill Zone says:
oobgolf>actual work
falcon50driver says:
This just in...Studies have concluded that, Reasearch causes Cancer in rats.
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