This is the first of two articles by Mike Agger that focuses on how misleading the conventional statistics in golf are. Correctly the standard stats of Fairways Hit, Greens In Regulation, Putts Per Round do not give a clear indication of how a player is playing a particular round compared to the field. The problem is that the stats he talks about in this article and in the Dark Art of Putting are ones that a regular player cannot possibly keep by himself. They require such pervasive and thorough data collection and analysis they can only be done by an institutional source like the tour or a television broadcast company.
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