# Every Shot Counts

I’ve been wanting to learn about strokes gained because it’s everywhere in golf now. What better source than a book written by the man who created strokes gained? “Every Shot Counts” by Mark Broadie.

So what is strokes gained?

Strokes gained is a way of analysing a player’s performance level when comparing every aspect of their performance with other players within a particular dataset. It measures the golfer’s performance taking into account, the hole length, shot length, lie type of every shot and putt during a round of golf.

What is Strokes Gained? Strokes Gained Explained [2022]

The PGA Tour has really embraced SG, replacing many of the traditional golf stats for the most part. It’s a great way to measure the golf game and now there are products like Arccos and Shot Scope available to amateurs like me who want to analyze their own game to determine weaknesses and improve their handicap. I bought the new X5 watch from Shot Scope and will post about it after I’ve played more rounds with it.

There were parts of the book that seemed to repeat over and over again, but I realize stats and math can be hard for people to understand, so I think Mark was trying to drive home the concepts. The book was released in 2014, so I really enjoyed all of the references to Tiger Woods domination. SG shows how much better he was than everyone else who teed it up.

Overall it’s a really great book on the topic. You get in depth information about SG, the different categories, and plenty of examples from the PGA Tour. Perhaps the most valuable part of the book is the strategy information near the end. By using the math, Mark teaches the reader how to use SG to determine optimal decisions on the golf course.

With the data I’ve started collecting and some other things I’m reading, I’m excited to see where I can take my game this year. Stay tuned!

# First Walking Round Stats

Today I golfed my third round of the year, but the first one walking. It’s really hard to putt when the greens are still bumpy from the fall aeration and the grass is long.

# 2017 Posting Activity

Filled up every square in 2017 and today extends the streak to 418 days.

Happy New Year!

# 100 Days

My posting streak hits triple digits with this post! It all started on November 10th. I tallied up some rough numbers:

• 123 Posts
• 18,660 Words
• 121 Images

You can get the function (not perfect) I wrote to calculate these numbers on GitHub.

I’m not sure if I’m getting burnt out or if I’m just not as excited about recent posts because I haven’t been working on many cool hobby projects to write about. Hopefully I can get motivated to finish up some projects I’ve already started and work on updates to others.

I don’t know how long I’ll continue this daily posting, but I do have a cool announcement coming next week.

# 2011 Blog Year in Review

The WordPress.com stats team prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

London Olympic Stadium holds 80,000 people. This blog was viewed about 360,000 times in 2011. If it were competing at London Olympic Stadium, it would take about 5 sold-out events for that many people to see it.

# Halo 3 Stats

Halo3.Junk.ws takes your Bungie.net stats to the next level. With the huge increase in members, their servers are pretty backed up gathering game stats. For an example, check out my stats.

# Performancing Metrics

Performancing came out with a free public beta of a blog tracking service earlier this week, called Performancing Metrics. I haven’t used it a very much yet, but it looks very promising. Most statistics services and packages are bloated with useless data. PM gives bloggers access to the data they’ll need most often and it works great. The site responds quickly and stats are updated every hour. Best of all…you can track multiple blogs from one account!