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Richie Hunt is a statistician whose clients include PGA Tour players, their caddies and instructors in order to more accurately assess their games. He is also the author of the recently published e-book, 2013 Pro Golf Synopsis; the Moneyball Approach to the Game of Golf. He can be reached at ProGolfSynopsis@yahoo.com or on Twitter @Richie3Jack.

GolfWRX Writer of the Month: March 2014

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  • RyderCupPairings

    Statistically-based pairings for the U.S. Ryder Cup team

    The U.S. Ryder Cup team appears to be — based on popular opinion — the heavy underdog against the Europeans. The U.S. team lost some key members due to Dustin Johnson’s leave of absence and Jason Dufner’s...

    • Posted 9 days ago
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  • Hunt Tiger Foley Haney Harmon

    Hunt: Advanced break down of Tiger’s stats under Harmon, Haney and Foley

    Last week Tiger Woods announced that he was parting ways with instructor Sean Foley. I wanted to examine Tiger’s game over the course of his professional career to get a better understanding of what was going on...

    • Posted 28 days ago
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  • mist-green

    Want to go lower? The stats say you need an earlier tee time

    Recently, I was researching data for some of my PGA Tour clients on tee times (late vs. early) and scoring average. Is there a correlation, I wondered. I assumed there was, and knew that the results would be...

    • Posted 38 days ago
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  • Analyzing Tom Watson’s Potential Ryder Cup picks

    Captain Tom Watson’s captain’s picks for the Ryder Cup became more difficult when Dustin Johnson announced that he will not play in the event. And that was just the start. I’ve posted the current U.S. Ryder Cup...

    • Posted 56 days ago
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  • Snedeker stats Butch Haromon

    The stats behind Snedeker’s switch to Butch Harmon

    The most recent high-profile teacher switch in golf has come from Brandt Snedeker, who moved from long-time coach Todd Anderson to Butch Harmon. Here is a look at Snedeker’s performance over the past few seasons. As we...

    • Posted 65 days ago
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  • BrianHarman

    How to play long par-4′s and par-5′s effectively

    This past week, Brian Harman won the John Deere Classic. Harman has been one of my favorite players to follow from a statistical approach because he is one of the most aggressive tee shot players on Tour,...

    • Posted 80 days ago
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  • Five statistical shortcuts for lower scores

    One of the very first things I examine with the PGA Tour players I work with is their basic scoring metrics. Those metrics include the following: Adjusted Total Scoring Average Adjusted Par-3 Scoring Average Adjusted Par-4 Scoring...

    • Posted 118 days ago
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  • Jordan Spieth Rich Hunt statistics

    Analyzing Jordan Spieth’s weekend troubles

    This past weekend, Jordan Spieth had a share of the lead at The Players Championship going into Sunday before shooting a 74 and finishing tied for 4th. This brought up discussion of Spieth having “collapses” on Sunday,...

    • Posted 143 days ago
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  • Hunt 23 players who can win the masters 2014

    The 23 Players Who Can Win The Masters

    Last year, I created a filter to help predict the golfers that were most likely to win the Masters. I got the list down to 23 players. In the end, eight of the top-10 finishers were on...

    • Posted 178 days ago
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  • Using stats and launch monitors rich hunt featured

    Using statistics and launch monitor data to shoot lower scores

    As a statistician who works with PGA Tour players, I’m frequently asked by aspiring Tour players and their coaches what statistics they can use to measure themselves against Tour players. The mistake with this question is that...

    • Posted 204 days ago
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  • Rickie Fowler stats

    Overrated? That’s not what the stats say about Rickie Fowler

    One of the most publicized swing changes this season has been Rickie Fowler’s decision to alter some of his swing mechanics with instructor Butch Harmon. Fowler had his first career victory in 2012 and finished 40th on...

    • Posted 219 days ago
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  • Keegan Bradley Ryder Cup

    Statistics that make a great Ryder Cup player and the 2014 U.S. Team standings

    With the Ryder Cup upon us this year, I want to look at the status of the U.S. team from a statistical perspective throughout the season leading up to the event. The U.S. team will have Tom...

    • Posted 234 days ago
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  • nicolas COLSAERTS

    10 PGA Tour players who will rise (or fall) in 2014

    With the 2014 PGA Tour season starting, I wanted to give the readers a look at a few players on Tour that I feel will be on the rise and falling for the season. The data below...

    • Posted 269 days ago
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  • Keegan Bradley

    The data behind Keegan Bradley’s coaching change

    Keegan Bradley has reportedly left long-time swing coach Jim McLean for Chuck Cook, who teaches Bradley’s good friend Jason Dufner and Luke Donald. That gives Cook one of the most formidable list of clients in the golf...

    • Posted 278 days ago
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  • Tiger Woods 3 wood v. driver

    Hit driver, not 3 wood for better scoring on tight holes

    The following column is an excerpt from my recently published annual e-book, 2013 Pro Golf Synopsis. There is a link below in my profile data for those whom would like to purchase the book for only $10....

    • Posted 296 days ago
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  • DSC_0321

    Four key factors for success on the PGA Tour

    It is a common practice in statistical analysis to seek out commonalities for successful or unsuccessful relationships in order to more accurately forecast future events. For example, if I own a store known for selling lemonade, I...

    • Posted 346 days ago
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  • luke donald

    The data behind Luke Donald’s decision to change instructors

    Luke Donald recently made an instructor change to Texas-based swing coach Chuck Cook. Back in 2011, Donald had an epic season. He finished first on the PGA Tour money list and the European Tour’s Order of Merit....

    • Posted 365 days ago
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  • tiger-woods-sean-foley

    True or False: Golf radar systems are ruining golf?

    Last week, Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee went on the offensive against radar launch monitors, claiming that they were “ruining golf.” Chamblee said that radar systems (like Trackman and Flightscope) were promoting two different swings, one for...

    • Posted 397 days ago
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  • The most important putts to make

    Back in May, I felt that Tiger Woods was Statistically Primed For the U.S. Open. Tiger had just come off his fourth victory for the year, and was using a very conservative tee shot strategy — hitting...

    • Posted 413 days ago
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  • The myth behind the “one-way miss”

    We often hear from professional golfers how important it is to have a “one way miss’”and to be able to “take one side of the golf course out of play” in order to drive the ball more...

    • Posted 430 days ago
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  • Steve Stricker Fairway

    Hunt: Breaking down the best players on tour by category

    I’m often asked by my readers what current PGA Tour player’s game I would prefer to have based upon my statistical research. To answer their question, I decided to look at the data and split the game...

    • Posted 451 days ago
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  • Hybrids or Long irons

    Long irons or hybrids? The importance of bag setup

    Merion Golf Club’s East Course, the site of the 2013 U.S. Open, saw players use a variety of different equipment setups in order to navigate the course’s combination of very long and very short holes. Bag setup...

    • Posted 472 days ago
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  • Sergio overrated-1

    The most overrated ball striker in the game

    It is quite common to see athletes live off a certain reputation that is far from reality. While I am as big of a fan of Derek Jeter as anybody, his reputation provided him with Golden Glove...

    • Posted 490 days ago
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  • Tiger primed for U.S. Open

    Tiger is statistically primed for the U.S. Open

    When I made my Masters picks a month ago, I mentioned how conservatively Tiger Woods has been playing off the tee. I felt that would work against him at Augusta, where distance usually takes reign over the...

    • Posted 506 days ago
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  • Rory McIlroy

    The problems with Rory and traditional golf statistics

    Mark Twain was once said “There are lies, damned lies and statistics.” This is often a popular adage from critics of an advanced metrics point of view. Normally this tends to occur with people who utilize anecdotal...

    • Posted 533 days ago
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  • Bubba Watson

    The 23 golfers who can win the Master

    As the world’s most popular golf tournament plays this week, I wanted to give a rundown of the Masters from a statistical perspective. First, I want to discuss what I call the “Critical Holes” in a golf...

    • Posted 541 days ago
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  • Kevin Streelman Tampa Bay Championship

    The Basics to Projecting Tour Winners

    Each week on my blog, I pick 10 players to win the PGA Tournament at hand. This is based on historical data as to what type of players the particular golf course favors along with three-year, five-year...

    • Posted 552 days ago
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  • The Masters - Round Two

    The most “Critical Holes” at Augusta National

    One of the questions I had about the game of golf before I started researching the statistical data of the game was, “What holes should I focus the most on in practice rounds of a tournament?” Generally,...

    • Posted 569 days ago
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  • No. 10 Riviera Country Club

    The numbers behind going for it or laying up: No. 10 Riviera

    This past weekend, we saw No. 10 at Riviera Country Club provide PGA Tour players with a dilemma as to whether to go for it on the 315-yard par-4. In my last column, I discussed the numbers...

    • Posted 591 days ago
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  • Going for it

    Checking the numbers: Going For It On Par 5′s

    Every golfer is faced with the dilemma of whether to go for a par 5 on the second shot. I always questioned the validity of being aggressive on the par-5’s versus laying up. As my game improved...

    • Posted 602 days ago
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  • Photo Credit: Jeff Gross, Getty Images

    Brian Gay and the search for power

    Last year, Brian Gay changed swing instructors. At the time, I imagined that he likely had some concerns about his shrinking distance off the tee and his clubhead speed getting slower. This drew some question marks from...

    • Posted 619 days ago
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  • Padraig Harrington Transitions Championship

    What does it take for the best to “go low”?

    One of the most frequent questions I receive is about the numbers behind “going low.” Fortunately with the ShotTracker and ShotLink data, we’re able to analyze what it takes to go low as executed by the types...

    • Posted 625 days ago
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  • Carl Pettersson

    Carl Pettersson And The Long Driver

    One of the interesting cases of 2012 was Carl Pettersson. Pettersson switched from a standard-length driver of about 45 inches to a 47-inch long driver. The idea, according to Pettersson, was to improve his launch conditions and to...

    • Posted 673 days ago
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  • Rory McIlroy

    The real numbers behind driving the ball on Tour

    By Rich Hunt GolfWRX Contributor In the era of modern technology, advanced fitness regimens and long driving competitions, there has been a growing sentiment towards golf favoring the ‘bomb-n-gouge’ style of play.  However, we still see many...

    • Posted 686 days ago
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  • stricker

    The blind spot of PGA Tour players: Long-iron play

    With the PGA Tour’s season winding down to the final tournament of the year, there will be a faction of golfers fighting to make the top 125 on the Money List in order to keep their Tour...

    • Posted 702 days ago
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