Introducing the Trackman 4

LHGA is excited to announce that we will be one of a very small group offering Trackman Training and Technology to our members and students. The precision and accuracy will allow our teachers and students to improve and an expedited speed. There will be no more guessing as to why your ball flight isn’t performing to the standards you deserve. When explaining this technology to my students I usually paint a picture for them that sounds like this. Lets say you go to the doctor and he says it sounds like you have an upper respiratory infection but we are going to run some test to make sure. Trackman is that test for your golf game. Its going to tell you what needs to improve for your ball flight and golf game to reach new heights.

In 2017, TrackMan technology is all over the golf world.

Operating in 12 countries and sold in more than 40, TrackMan’s technology is a staple of golf broadcasts on every major network. Over 150 PGA Tour players rely on it to fine-tune their game, and countless more teaching professionals are finding it to be a game-changer for their lessons.

It’s an undeniable phenomenon, but what exactly is it? And where did it come from?

Fourteen years ago, TrackMan was just an idea. Dr. Klaus Eldrup-Jorgensen was an exceptional golfer in his youth, even playing in three European Tour events as an amateur, but he noticed golf training and instruction hadn’t evolved since his playing days despite massive improvements in technology.

The idea began to take shape when Jorgensen joined forces with a radar engineer named Fredrik Tuxen. The TrackMan company was established in 2003, and the next few years were spent developing the product. But the question remained: could the doppler radar technology Tuxen had been using to track missiles and bullets be adapted for golf?

Evidently, the answer was yes. On his first sales trip, Jorgensen made pitches to TaylorMade, Nike, Mizuno, Callaway, and Ping. On his flight back to Denmark, he received five offers.

The TrackMan started being used on the PGA Tour in 2006, but it took a while to catch on. When 2010 came around, there were still only 20-30 Tour players using them, according to Jorgensen in an interview with the Golf Channel. The company only had about 20 employees.

But over the past six years, TrackMan has seen explosive growth. More than 350 professional players carry a TrackMan with them, and the company has expanded to over 120 employees. Today, having the technology in the bag is practically a necessity for any top player.

Golf broadcast teams on every network have found uses for the TrackMan too, as the product helps show information like ball speed or ball-flight apex instantly as the action unfolds. In addition to golf, TrackMan technology has spread to baseball, specifically to all 30 MLB ballparks and over 80 minor league parks.

But what makes it so revolutionary?

Let’s look at the TrackMan 4, the company’s newest product. It uses dual-radar technology to capture 27 data points about both club and ball. These range from the most simple stats like carry yardage and clubhead speed all the way to smash factor and dynamic loft.

Essentially, every single facet of the golf swing is quantified by one machine about the size of a laptop that is positioned behind the golfer. There are no attachments or extra equipment necessary for use. The device has a built in HD camera that can record the player’s swing which can then be played back on phones, tablets, or computers via bluetooth connectivity with statistics overlayed on the video.

The hardest part of using the TrackMan is being able to decipher the abundance of data, which is why it is primarily used by professional players and teaching pros only. However, TrackMan does offer a complete online training program that can make anyone TrackMan certified.

But you might want to think twice about buying one of these bad boys and plopping it in your backyard.

The TrackMan 4 comes in at $19,000 for the indoor model and $25,000 for the outdoor, making it safe to assume that not too many casual golfers have one for themselves. If you have a spare $50,000 lying around, they’ll even install an indoor simulator for you using the technology.

Fortunately for golfers like you and I, more and more golf clubs are acquiring TrackMan devices for their lessons and they can be located here.

Without Instruction

$7500hour

With Instructor

$12500Hourly

What does Trackman Analyze?

Smash Factor

Smash Factor is ball speed divided by club speed. It relates to the amount of energy transferred from the club head to the golf ball. The higher the smash factor the better the energy transfer.

Spin Rate

Spin Rate is the amount of spin on the golf ball immediately after impact. Spin has a major influence on the height and distance of a shot.  This is often overlooked and is one of the least appreciated numbers, especially in windy conditions..

Launch Angle

Launch Angle is the angle the ball takes off at relative to the ground and highly correlated to dynamic loft. Launch angle will always be a little less than dynamic loft, but will have a similar value.

Carry

Carry is the distance the ball travels through the air. An important thing to know about carry is that the value is given for a landing area that is the same height as where the ball is hit from. Then the golfer can adjust for uphill and downhill shots on the course.

Ball Speed

Ball Speed is the speed of the golf ball immediately after impact which is created by club speed and impact.
Bad impact such as shots hit on the toe or heel will reduce the potential ball speed.

Club Speed

Club Speed determines a golfer’s potential distance. This is the speed the club head is traveling immediately prior to impact. More club speed equals more potential distance.

Dynamic Loft

Dynamic Loft is the amount of loft on the club face at impact. The golfer’s attack angle, how the shaft bends, how the golfer releases the club head, whether the club face is open or closed to the club path, and where the ball makes contact on the club face can all impact the dynamic loft.

Attack Angle

Attack Angle is the direction the club head is moving (up or down) at impact. Shots hit off the ground should have a negative attack angle in order to create “ball first” contact. However, golfers with slower club speeds should be careful not to hit too much down (negative attack angle) with their irons.

Club Path

Club Path is the direction the club head is moving (right or left) at impact. Most golfers relate this number to hitting the ball “in-to-out” or “out-to-in”. A positive value means the club is moving to the right of the target at impact (“in-to-out” for a right-handed golfer) and a negative value means it is moving to the left of the target (“out-to-in” for a right-handed golfer).

Face Angle

Face Angle is the direction the club face is pointed (right or left) at impact.Most golfers refer to this as having an “open” or “closed” club face. A positive value means the club face is pointed to the right of the target at impact (“open” for a right-handed golfer) and a negative value means the club face is pointed to the left of the target (“closed” for a right-handed golfer).

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