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The Perfect Number Podcast

Apr 8, 2019

The most watched golf tournament of the year is here, The Masters. More people will ask you, 'Who is going to win?' How can we predict who has the best chance? What statistics, historically, offer a preview of success? We break down those numbers, who fits where and eliminate every player in the field until one...


Apr 1, 2019

Golf data has been tracked in many forms over the years, but the explosion of its coverage on the PGA Tour centers around when ShotLink was developed. From walking scorers with pencil and paper to 3D triangulation on greens, how data is collected and analyzed has become a big part of the PGA Tour's operations through...


Mar 25, 2019

Strokes Gained seems like a modern statistical development in golf, but the reality is far older than that. Peter Sanders developed a strokes gained system in the 1980's, called it Shot by Shot, and has been helping golfers of all levels and abilities since. Today, in addition to his publicly available software,...


Mar 20, 2019

Humor me for this little exercise. The two things I love the most in sports (besides curling) are golf and college basketball. Each year now, we are treated to both sports giving us a heavyweight showdown of the best, all in bracket form. In what has become a fun exercise in comparing teams to golfers, this...


Mar 11, 2019

Golf on the PGA Tour is in its glory stretch of venues. From iconic locations on the west coast, to diabolical tests in Florida, to Augusta in April. For three months, some of the world's best golf courses are on display and tested by the best players. Pebble, Riviera, PGA National, TPC Sawgrass, Augusta National. What...