Author’s note: this post was originally published in the fall of 2016.

Hello and welcome to Anova.Golf!

It is very exciting to be able to open up our doors here at Anova – we help golfers supercharge their improvement cycles to get better faster!

This web-app is designed to give golfers of all abilities a chance to get the same kind of in-depth information and statistics as a player on the PGA Tour would get through a combination of their Shotlink system and 200 volunteers. Currently this means that Tour player has a huge information advantage over all other players.

“Anova takes the guesswork out of improving your game and turns “getting better” into a science.

No more.

Depending on what plan you sign up for, Anova.Golf can deliver up to 412 different variables to help you determine your current performance level. You can also compare your stats to an average tour player’s stats, to see how big the gap is between where you’re currently at and where you want to go.

Here are some of the main features of Anova.Golf:

  1. Easy inputting of round information. All of the recording and inputting of your round information is manual, since it is not currently legal to use GPS-enabled devices to record your round and shot information during official tournaments. Many of you are already keeping some stats such as Greens Hit, Fairways hit and putts. Anova will do all of that for you if you instead keep track of: distance to hole, lie and resulting direction. Anova will then calculate all the 412 variables for you. It will look like this:screen-shot-2016-12-20-at-13-59-41
    Here we have inputted 138 yards for the second shot; the resulting lie was in the green as was the resulting direction, and the result was within 30 yards of the green. Then we hit “next shot”.
    When we are on the green the input screen changes a little bit to include putting specific variables such sa break and slope.
  2. When we have finished inputting the round and shot information we can immediately see what really happened on the “Round Summary” screen:
    This round summary screen gives you a quick view of exactly what happened, down to each category such as “Strokes Gained”, “Off the Tee”, “Around the Green” etc. Performance colors indicate how your other rounds were in comparison to the selected round. Based on the screenshot above, Chipping was better than both the last 5 and last 10 rounds, but putting for the selected round was only better than the last 5 rounds .We can also change the “compare to” variables to 20 different selections.
  3. Dashboard page. As you login to Anova, the Dashboard is the first thing you will see. Similar in look and feel to the “Round Summary” page, the Dashboard gives you a big overview on your game.
    Now the top selection is “all rounds” and you are now comparing all rounds with smaller data sets such as last 5 or last 10 rounds.
    At the top there are menu tabs: The picture above is showing parts of the Dashboard Overview page; clicking on any of the other menu selections will give you detailed information in those categories.
  4. Statistics page. The statistics page is where you can really go into detail into your game. With 412 different stats to look at, there is no shortage of information here.
    If you want to really focus on a particular part of your game, let’s say Approaches from 150-175 yards from the rough, then you can see your information in stat 44 in the above screenshot.
  5. Get help fast. If you need any help, there is a knowledge base where you can get immediate answers. If you can’t find your answer, then please contact us at [email protected] and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours.
  6. How am I doing on a particular course? Anova can help you answer this questions as well. In the Courses – All courses sections, it’s easy to see all the rounds you’ve played on a particular course. Clicking on any of those rounds will take you to the Round Summary for that round.We truly believe that this is the beginning of something new in golf – a data-driven movement that will help golfers identify strengths and weaknesses faster and they will use this information to make rational decisions about what to work on, either on their own or in cooperation with their coaches.It is an exciting time to be a golfer. Welcome to Anova.Golf!


A coffee break in the United States and elsewhere is a short mid-morning rest period granted to employees in business and industry. An afternoon coffee break, or afternoon tea, often occurs as well.

The coffee break originated in the late 19th century in Stoughton, Wisconsin, with the wives of Norwegian immigrants. The city celebrates this every year with the Stoughton Coffee Break Festival. In 1951, Time noted that

“Since the war, the coffee break has been written into union contracts”

The term subsequently became popular through a Pan-American Coffee Bureau ad campaign of 1952 which urged consumers, “Give yourself a Coffee-Break – and Get What Coffee Gives to You” John B. Watson, a behavioral psychologist who worked with Maxwell House later in his career, helped to popularize coffee breaks within the American culture.

Coffee cups and happy spirits

Coffee breaks usually last from 10 to 20 minutes and frequently occur at the end of the first third of the work shift.

In some companies and some civil service, the coffee break may be observed formally at a set hour. In some places, a cart with hot and cold beverages and cakes, breads and pastries arrives at the same time morning and afternoon, an employer may contract with an outside caterer for daily service, or coffee breaks may take place away from the actual work-area in a designated cafeteria or tea room.

More generally, the phrase “coffee break” has also come to denote any break from work. Coffee was initially used for spiritual reasons. At least 1,100 years ago, traders brought coffee across the Red Sea.

At first, the Arabians made wine from the pulp of the fermented coffee berries. This beverage was known as qishr (kisher in modern usage) and was used during religious ceremonies.

Coffee drinking was prohibited by jurists and scholars meeting in Mecca in 1511, but the subject of whether it was intoxicating was hotly debated over the next 30 years until the ban was finally overturned in the mid-16th century. Use in religious rites among the Sufi branch of Islam led to coffee’s being put on trial in Mecca: it was accused of being a heretical substance, and its production and consumption were briefly repressed.

Couple on a coffee break

Coffee, regarded as a Muslim drink, was prohibited by Ethiopian Orthodox Christians until as late as 1889; it is now considered a national drink of Ethiopia for people of all faiths. Its early association in Europe with rebellious political activities led to Charles II outlawing coffeehouses from January 1676. Frederick the Great banned it in Prussia in 1777 for nationalistic and economic reasons.

“concerned about the price of import, he sought to force the public back to consuming beer”

Cup of natural coffee

Quite a number of members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church also avoid caffeinated drinks. In its teachings, the Church encourages members to avoid tea, coffee, and other stimulants.

Abstinence from coffee, tobacco, and alcohol by many Adventists has afforded a near-unique opportunity for studies to be conducted within that population group on the health effects of coffee drinking, free from confounding factors.

One study was able to show a weak but statistically significant association between coffee consumption and mortality from ischemic heart disease, other cardiovascular disease, all cardiovascular diseases combined, and all causes of death. For a time, there had been controversy in the Jewish community.

Whether the coffee seed was a legume and therefore prohibited for Passover. Upon petition from coffeemaker Maxwell House, the coffee seed was classified in 1923 as a berry rather than a seed by orthodox Jewish rabbi Hersch Kohn, and therefore kosher for Passover.