Skip to main content
×
Home

Brilliance or steadiness? A suggestion of an alternative model to Hardy's model concerning golf (1945)

  • Jeehoon Kang (a1)
Abstract

There have been numerous attempts to model the governing dynamics between the two ostensibly competing concepts of brilliance and mechanical steadiness. One interesting study is given by the English mathematician G. H. Hardy in his model [1] describing two characteristically different golfers playing a match against each other. The model challenges the apparently accepted doctrine of the ‘Brilliant player’ having the advantage over the ‘Steady player’ in a long series of golf matches by holes. Hardy defines ‘brilliance’ as the capacity to produce ingenious results as well as the capacity to make mistakes, compared to ‘steadiness’ being completely mechanical producing the same average result all the time. The two players in his model are equal in performance on average, only the brilliant player has a higher standard deviation whereas the consistent player has a standard deviation of 0.

    • Send article to Kindle

      To send this article to your Kindle, first ensure no-reply@cambridge.org is added to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List under your Personal Document Settings on the Manage Your Content and Devices page of your Amazon account. Then enter the ‘name’ part of your Kindle email address below. Find out more about sending to your Kindle.

      Note you can select to send to either the @free.kindle.com or @kindle.com variations. ‘@free.kindle.com’ emails are free but can only be sent to your device when it is connected to wi-fi. ‘@kindle.com’ emails can be delivered even when you are not connected to wi-fi, but note that service fees apply.

      Find out more about the Kindle Personal Document Service.

      Brilliance or steadiness? A suggestion of an alternative model to Hardy's model concerning golf (1945)
      Available formats
      ×
      Send article to Dropbox

      To send this article to your Dropbox account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your Dropbox account. Find out more about sending content to Dropbox.

      Brilliance or steadiness? A suggestion of an alternative model to Hardy's model concerning golf (1945)
      Available formats
      ×
      Send article to Google Drive

      To send this article to your Google Drive account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your Google Drive account. Find out more about sending content to Google Drive.

      Brilliance or steadiness? A suggestion of an alternative model to Hardy's model concerning golf (1945)
      Available formats
      ×
Copyright
References
Hide All
1. Hardy G. H., A mathematical theorem about golf, Math. Gaz. 29 (December 1945) pp. 226227.
2. Hardy G. H., A mathematician's apology, Cambridge University Press (1940) p.14.
3. Minton R. B., G. H. Hardy's golfing adventure, Mathematics and Sports, MAA (2010).
4. Minton R. B., Hardy, Littlewood and golf, Math Horizons, (April 2010).
5. Cohen G. L., On a theorem of G. H. Hardy concerning golf, Math. Gaz. 86 (March 2002) pp.120124.
6. Woodman T., Davis P. A., Hardy L., Callow N., Glasscock I., and Yuill-Proctor J., Emotions and Sport Performance: An exploration of happiness, hope and anger, Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 31 (2009) p. 169188.
7. Cohen A. B., Tenenbaum G., English R. W., Emotions and golf performance: An IZOF-based Applied Sports Psychology case study, Behavior Modification, 30 (3) (May 2006) pp. 259280.
8. Wikipedia, Tilt(poker), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tilt_(poker)
9. The Glasgow Herald, Brilliant steadiness, 17 August 1935.
Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

The Mathematical Gazette
  • ISSN: 0025-5572
  • EISSN: 2056-6328
  • URL: /core/journals/mathematical-gazette
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *
×

Metrics

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 146 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 179 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between 15th June 2017 - 11th December 2017. This data will be updated every 24 hours.