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Episode 35 - Player of the Year Roundtable

Golf had a great year in the professional ranks. An epic Sunday duel at the Masters. A multiple major winner. The triumphant return of Tiger Woods. An overhyped Ryder Cup with an overwhelming performance from Team Europe. But which player had THE BEST year? Does Brooks Koepka's resume trump Justin Rose's consistency? What about the scoring data of Dustin Johnson, or the hot streaks of Bryson DeChambeau and Francesco Molinari. Our favorite guests plead their cases!


Episode 34 - Team Europe's Stat Advantage

One of the biggest stories in professional golf this past year was The Ryder Cup. From all of the hype and the assembly of talent came one of the most shocking results in terms of the scope of the win. Team Europe smashed Team USA. Why? Course fit? Better Players? Better form? Better Preparation? You could answer 'Yes' to all of those. A big reason was Team Europe's embracing of data and analytics. Blake Wooster, co-founder and CEO of the 15th club, joins Dylan Beirne, a 15th Club analyst,...


Episode 33 - Justin Ray

There isn't a golf nugget of information that Justin Ray hasn't unearthed. First at ESPN, now at Golf Channel, his attention to detail and dedication to research has provided golf fans with some of the greatest notes. From Tiger Woods' ridiculous dominance to some of the most epic collapses from leaders, Ray consistently provides intel for his followers, fellow colleagues and Golf Channel shows. Learn about his style, his unique story and what he believes are the key elements to tracking...


Episode 32 - Corey Conners

Corey Conners just finished his rookie season on the PGA Tour. One of golf's great, young minds, Conners joins the podcast to talk about his golf evolution. From a chance encounter as a teenager with the legend Moe Norman, to playing with the lead as a rookie on the PGA Tour, Conners reflects on how it all shaped his growth as a player. How does he use golf stats to get better? How did Team Canada help guide him to the Tour? How does he balance an active mind with the pressure of each shot?...


Episode 31 - Richie Hunt of Hunt Golf Analytics

Professional golf has become a marriage of many areas: talent, swing, conditioning, diet and stats. Yes, stats. Richie Hunt advises several PGA Tour professionals as a stats analyst. What do pros want to learn about? How do the numbers help better prepare them? What should Team USA learn about the Ryder Cup failure in Europe to better prepare future teams? Richie shares his research and answers to all of those questions in this conversation.


Episode 30 - The Greens Reading Book Debate

How much information is too much information in golf? At the professional golf level, especially on the PGA Tour, greens reading books are produced with intricate levels of detail. Now, the USGA and R&A are on the verge of deciding how (if at all) greens reading books will be regulated in 2019 and beyond. Is putting statistically better with the books? How are they created? How does golf absorb inevitable technological advances? Hear from Jim Stracka, whose company produces the books. Sound...


Episode 29 - Data Dump

Tiger Woods has won. The Ryder Cup is on deck. Another PGA Tour season is in the books. Golf and the world of professional golf can't get much better right now! Now is the perfect time to navigate through all of the numbers and see what's what. Who is (or isn't) in form heading to France? How does Jim Furyk use data with Team USA? What are the numbers for players who tee it up in all 5 matches? What do the numbers tell us about the seasons of Tiger, DJ, Spieth, Koepka and others? It's all in...


Episode 28 - Will Gray of Golf Channel

The golf world and the PGA Tour got final clarity on the future of the FedEx Cup and how a winner will be determined starting in 2019. Is it fair? It is right? How does it impact the chances for any player to win? Allowing 24 hours to digest it, Will Gray from Golf Channel joins to volley ideas back and forth. Plus, which players at the Ryder Cup next week are key or worrisome to each side? Can Bryson steal Player of the Year from Brooks Koepka? All discussed.


Episode 27 - Mark Immelman Co-Hosts

Understanding golf is a healthy balance of a variety of methods. Whether the swing is taught from tried and true methods, or built from a data set of probabilities, all of that information is important to the overall conversation. Mark Immelman, host of the On The Mark Podcast, joins for a joint podcast. We take turns interviewing each other. What do statistics and data provide to watching and playing golf? How has golf instruction evolved with all of the tools available today? We marry both...


Episode 26 - Jeff Willett, PGA Tour Caddie

Professional golf is more than Tiger, superstars and majors. At its core, the game is made up of a majority of players and caddies living year-to-year. At the end of each season, that drama builds for those trying to keep their PGA Tour lives afloat. For Jeff Willett, caddie for Nick Taylor, it came down to the final round of the 2017-18 season. We relive the drama of keeping Taylor's card at the Wyndham Championship, plus explore the 16-year career of a caddie who has seen it all.


Episode 25 - The Data Golf Brothers

Golf is full of stats and data, but are people getting proper value out of it? Two years ago, Matt and Will Courchene took some of that PGA Tour data and developed their Predictive Model to identify the likelihood of a player winning. Now a part of, they offer various tools to predict success. Both joined the podcast to talk about the relatively simple structure behind the model, hopes for future predictions, the strength of worldwide golf tours and the struggle for Tiger Woods...


Episode 24 - Tom Alter and the FedEx Cup System

The PGA Tour wanted more golf excitement down the stretch of its season, so the FedEx Cup was born a decade ago. Today, it has become an additional motivator for the top golfers in the world, while also being the livelihood of hundreds of players trying to keep their card. Tom Alter is the man who tracks the standings and serves as a point of contact for the players on the PGA Tour. We discuss the creation and evolution of the system, while also touching on some historical points of it.


Episode 23 - Rich Beem

Rich Beem won the 2002 PGA Championship and was dancing all the way to the Wanamaker trophy. Four years earlier, he was trying to survive the Tuesday money game at El Paso Country Club. His story in golf is both inspiring and humorous. Now a golf analyst on television, he reflects on his journey, that win over Tiger Woods in 2002, the value of the PGA and how the professional game has changed.


Episode 22 - Derek Ingram of Team Canada

How are the best golfers in the world developed? In the United States, it's a very individual pursuit. What about for golf organizations outside of the U.S.? In Canada, golf is a passion, one that the country takes so seriously, it has invested in producing world-class talent from the top down. Derek Ingram has been a part of the Team Canada process since 2003 and now oversees the men's program at the professional level. Learn how they identify and cultivate talent using data, collaboration...


Episode 21 - Sean Martin from Open Championship

The third golf major of 2018 is here and Carnoustie is ready to test the world's best golfers. Sean Martin from joins the pod from Scotland to update course conditions, what makes Carnoustie the hardest course in the rota, what stats will translate to success and our fantasy picks for the week. Can Brooks Koepka go back-to-back? How crazy good are Henrik Stenson's numbers? Are we too bullish on Russell Knox? Don't set your lineup until you've listened!


Episode 20 - John Mahaffey

John Mahaffey knows golf and how to win at it, including the 1978 PGA Championship as part of 10 PGA Tour victories. As a broadcaster today, he offers the perfect link between the glory days of his mentor, Ben Hogan, and the technical, modern game. He talks about the growing use of data and technology, lessons from Hogan and Lee Trevino and the psychology of winning.


Perfect Number Podcast - Episode 19

The architect of the most important statistical advancement in golf is back. Mark Broadie was at Shinnecock Hills for the US Open and offers a breakdown of everything that went down. How impressive was Brooks Koepka's win? How tough was the course really playing? What strengths translate to US Open success? Plus, with the PGA Tour season winding down, lots to discuss about sample size, Jason Day's historic putting pursuit, Jordan Spieth's woes, Tiger Woods, and more.


Perfect Number Podcast - Episode 18

What is a good golf swing? What makes a professional better than a 30 handicap? For generations of golf instruction, the secret to a proper golf swing was passed down. Now, GolfTEC has the data to answer the question with more proof. Nick Clearwater is the VP of Instruction and breaks down the 100,000+ lessons that shaped what makes a good swing good, and a bad swing bad. It's a fascinating conversation that challenges the norm.


Perfect Number Podcast - Episode 17

Picking golfers in fantasy is hard. Winning the U.S. Open is harder. Merging the two? Good luck. We go to the expert, Rob Bolton of, in advance of the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills, for all fantasy advice. Who is the favorite? What stats are the best predictor of success? Sleepers? Deep sleepers? Guys to avoid? We cover it all.


Perfect Number Podcast - Episode 16

Phil Blackmar thinks more about golf in a day than you do in a year. A three-time PGA Tour winner, Blackmar is the tallest winner in Tour history, and perhaps its most analytical. Enjoy his stories on achieving success, finding mental harmony and how the game has changed for the good/bad with modern technology. (Apologies for soft audio issues)