Using shot-level data we’ve created a new page that offers a thorough analysis of each player’s approach game.
Approach performance can be analyzed across 6 different yardage/lie buckets, which allows users to see where players excel—or struggle—relative to the rest of their approach game.
Take Collin Morikawa: he’s an elite mid-to-long iron player who is surprisingly below average from 50-100 yards.
We have also added stats beyond strokes-gained to help analyze performance.
Supplementing SG data with proximity, GIR, great shot tendency and poor shot avoidance helps us understand why a player is good or bad in a specific bucket.
For example, in terms of SG per shot, Justin Thomas has consistently been one of the best wedge players on tour.
It turns out that while Thomas hits a lot of poor shots relative to his peers, he more than makes up for this by hitting more great shots than anyone else.
For those interested, we wrote a blog post
on Thomas’ iron game and this new page in general.