Trackman 4 🤙

Ready for some big news?! We now have Trackman 4 at the club! This upgrade to the latest model is the most significant yet and this investment in world leading technology offers our membership three fantastic new features to help you get better.

(Rory Mcilroy practicing with Trackman 4 below. So why do all the best players in the world use this? Unparalelled accuracy and the ability to see what the human eye cannot.)

New putting feature

In the words of Trackman

“Knowing your Tempo, Launch Direction, Speed, and Launch Direction are some of the most significant influencers on ones putting performance. Add Total Break, Skid, and good green reading, and you will have what it takes to make successful putts, repeatedly.

Besides providing actionable insights, these data points also help eliminate doubt, build confidence, and unleash talent – one stroke at a time.

Build talent and skill with actionable data.”

Want to read more? Here is the official Trackman PDF which covers all the features in detail: https://www.dropbox.com/s/6nqrdr7kwfs4um5/2018%20TMU%20Putting-compressed.pdf?dl=0

IMPACT LOCATION

“The system captures every little detail with astounding precision, and now also the ball’s exact impact location on the club face. Add another 30 data points, including full ball flight tracking, and you have the complete knowledge picture to analyze and understand any swing.”

Did you know that when you strike the heel or toe of the clubface it will twist and cause extra curve in the ball flight? With this new feature you can measure how good or bad each shot is. Jim Furyk may not have a pretty swing but you can be sure his impact location was always very good!

With this feature we can help you choose the right golf club or we can see if your swing has improved in the lesson.

SIMULATOR

Here in Norway many of us have no choice but to play simulator golf through the winter. You have probably experienced some of the following: strange ball flights, weird spin numbers and ugly graphics.

All of that disappears with the world class software produced by Trackman. Cutting edge graphics coupled with the accuracy of Trackman 4 means that you can achieve real value by testing yourself in various course situations.

Whether during a lesson or club fitting it can be really helpful to recreate situations that you are looking to improve at. For example a narrow fairway or a short iron over water!


OUR COACHING PHILOSOPHY

Golf coaching has been plagued by myth and cliche for many years. But thanks to Trackman and other scientific research we can now be much more precise. For us there is only one true measure of a better game – a better handicap.

We strive to choose the most important part of the swing to work on. The most functional. The one that creates a better ball flight. It is so easy to get distracted by the latest magazine article or by a comment from a playing partner.

Golf is difficult. Each day, even each shot can sometimes feel so different. This is why we provide honest, direct and very personalised feedback. No two golfers are alike!

A good lesson is not one where the teacher talks 95% and the student hits balls for 5%! But at the same time, we love to field your questions. A deeper understanding of why you are changing something can really help some golfers.


SERGIO & TRACKMAN

TRACKMAN

(For more info on the benefits of Trackman check out my earlier blog)

Here is some info about Sergio direct from the PGA TOUR statistics website (link here)

SPEED

Sergio’s clubhead speed is 121mph! Well above the tour average of 114mph. His ball speed averages 175.5mph so he is quite efficient in turning club speed to ball speed. This can be measured in every shot, the ratio is termed smash factor.

LAUNCH & SPIN

A launch angle of 10.5 degrees puts him low on the list at 138th in tour – many launching it higher often at 13 or 14 degrees with driver. The video below contains many views of how high he hits driver.

His spin rate is the 6th highest on tour at 3096rpm! Considering Garcia is known for teeing it low (and commonly taking divots with his 3 and 5 wood) this spin rate is hardly surprising. Despite it perhaps being a slight hindrance in the wind and preventing him from his ultimate distance he leads the Total Driving category (a combination of distance and accuracy) . So he is doing ok!

PROTRACER

Check out this wonderful collection of Sergio’s shots. Some just show a trace of the ball but many capture Sergio’s peak height and ball speed. It’s obvious how much he favours the fade though!

DON’T CHASE NUMBERS

Many top players have changed fundamentals of their swing which they have possessed for many years simply in the hope of a “better number” without relating it to their potential difference in score. You have to admire Garcia for sticking with what he knows, what feels natural and not chasing that potential yardage.

As we saw on Sunday night, getting it over 300 yards is no problem! A key factor here (not published by the tour but available for analysis on Trackman) is landing angle. Often we saw Sergio’s ball scamper on the fairway another 10 or 20 yards beyond Justin Rose. The low launch high spin combination is increasingly rare – but he makes it work!

ONE WAY MISS

A final statistic which caught my eye was his rank at 201st in left rough tendency. In layman’s terms this means a one way miss. He will basically look down every hole and not see the trouble on the right hand side. Knowing he plays a fade the majority of the time helps us understand his strategy around the course. A two way miss hinders confidence and decision making – it adds many more possibilities to every situation on the course. Often a players slide from form comes from this tendency when something changes in the swing.

SUMMARY

I find it fascinating to watch protracer footage on Youtube and analyse the data behind the worlds best players. Often as a fan and as a coach we can get caught up in the style or hype surrounding a player at the peak of his powers.

But with Trackman we are afforded a direct and unbiased look at exactly what they are doing. If you want to hit it as far as Sergio you now know how fast your club head speed needs to be.

The most important thing you can do is get yourself measured. You cannot improve if you do not know what you do.

Have you reached your highest potential driving distance?

How much do you spin your driver?

Do you launch your irons at the correct height?

A final note worth mentioning is positive comparisons with elite players. Often we are left feeling hopeless after watching a Dustin Johnson drive or an Adam Scott iron. But a Trackman session might show up some numbers or aspects of your game that you have in common with tour players. This can be a great confidence builder.

Do you hit up on the ball with your driver like Mcilroy?

Do you have a good smash factor (like ALL tour players!)

Do you have a low launch angle on your wedges (like Steve Stricker?)

Book your session on Trackman to find out!

 

 

 

TRACKMAN: ACTION PLAN

Trackman has undoubtedly changed the game of golf. It uses military radar tracking technology to provide amazingly detailed accurate information about impact and the ball flight.

It has taken away so much of the guesswork and opinion that divided golfers and coaches for so many years. It has removed the mystery from what is required to achieve a certain level of performance.

In this introduction to TRACKMAN I won’t cover every single feature and benefit – just give you a flavour of its importance for your game. Here is an action plan for getting the most from Trackman:

WHAT ARE YOU DOING

Trackman creates masses of data for every shot. It is not your job as the player to analyse this or to understand the details. But if you are to improve it is important to record your performance. With a coaches help this will provide you with confidence that you are improving your abilities even if you haven’t put it all together for a great 18 holes.

Any swing change probably creates a different looking good or bad shot. By recording your swing it is very easy for the coach to see why.

Popular examples may be checking your swing speed or how much you hit down on the ball (attack angle).

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO

Look at the image below – there are a lot of different numbers here. Many amateurs get very focused on one or two of these numbers when searching for improvement. Sometimes this works but more often than not it can create another set of problems.

The best way to think of all the data is like a language. It takes time to become fluent and understand the implications of changing something in the swing. (Trackman University is a great free online resource for understanding things in better detail).

A good first lesson or clubfitting with Trackman should quickly show your least optimised areas. For instance you may have great club speed but dont generate the distance you should. Is your spin rate correct for your club?

HOW YOU CAN DO IT

Making changes or improvement happens much faster with the aid of TRACKMAN. Video is always helpful but it does not provide enough feedback at impact. Things are simply moving so fast at that point.

Lets say I am trying to slice it less, I might be looking to change my clubpath and swing more towards the target rather than left of it. A normal clubpath for a slicer is -14 degrees. On every single shot I can check this number as I work on changes. This instant feedback gives me confidence I am doing the right thing as it is very common to lose your consistency when you first make any change. It is sure to feel very strange.

To ensure you work on the correct changes it is always best to enlist the help of a professional coach! Make sure you communicate with them effectively – let them know what kind of golfer you are. Are you Dustin Johnson and 100% feel with no interest in how it all works or are you a Padraig Harrington who needs to know everything?!

TAKING IT TO THE COURSE

A lesson or practice session with Trackman can be very valuable. Research has shown that some of its features provide the closest possible environment to that of pressure on the golf course.

A vital piece of analysis to carry out before aiming to play your best golf is to look at your shot pattern. For example hit fifteen 8 iron shots to a target. Trackman will show you that your average might be 8 yards short and 12 yards right. This info helps you to employ a better strategy on the course.

It is a common mistake for golfers to plan for only their best shots and not their normal or average shot.

Trackman Combine is a feature that gives you a score based on a number of different shots. It takes around half an hour to complete (click here for the official guide to COMBINE). Another neat feature is the ability to compare yourself to other golfers on international leaderboards.

This type of practice creates an environment of pressure. There is a consequence to every shot – your performance is recorded. Psychologically its similar to the course – each score is recorded. The pressure will never be as high or it will never be as important as a good round of golf but it is fantastic preparation.

Trackman also has a simpler “challenge” feature. Pick one distance and receive a score based on the accuracy of a number shots. Its fantastic for working on a specific weakness or for challenging a friend.

I love how these features reward distance control – it doesn’t award any points for hitting a particular club a long way. When viewed in these terms it is easy to see how shorter hitters like Jim Furyk have had such a stellar career – it may not look as impressive on TV but these guys can score!

SUMMARY

I will discuss other features of Trackman in the future but I hope you enjoyed this look into what makes it such a popular tool. I’m struggling to think of a tour player in recent history who has not credited a launch monitor throughout their development.

But as a club golfer there is no need to worry about the complex information that is sometimes discussed by the games elite. Think of Trackman as the most honest caddy you could ever have! How far do you hit it? What’s your average? Where could you improve the most? These questions are all definitively answered with Trackman.

Would love to hear about your experiences with Trackman during lessons or club fittings!