A Probability Model for Golf Putting.


Authors: 
Gelman, A. & Nolan, D.
Editors: 
Goodall, G.
Category: 
Volume: 
24(3)
Pages: 
93-95
Year: 
2002
Publisher: 
Teaching Statistics
Abstract: 

We derive a model, using trigonometry and the Normal distribution, for the probability that a golf putt is successful. We describe a class activity in which we lead the students through the steps of examining the data, considering possible models, constructing a probability model and checking the fit. The model is,of necessity, oversimplified, a point which the class discusses at the end of the demonstration.