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Saturday, February 5, 2022

Here's Where I Have a Problem with Stats (Video)

This Golf Monthly video claims that we now have stats to prove that slow play adversely affects scoring. And while I'm not questioning that slow play and poor scoring are related, I do question whether these stats have uncovered the cause. After all, who's to say that slow play isn't caused by poor scoring and not the other way around, since higher scores (caused by more penalties and more golf swings as a result) presumably take more time?

It's telling that at the 2:48 mark Neil Tappin DOES say "the data doesn't show why or where someone is playing slower..." If the data doesn't say why they play slower, I think it's a bit presumptuous to say that slow play is the cause rather than the result.

Stats can be useful if used properly, folks, but beware of putting too much faith in them. While I agree that "numbers never lie," the fact remains that numbers mean nothing until they are interpreted... and interpretations lie all the time.

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