The R&A, organisers of The Open Championship, shows continued faith in TrackMan™ technology with this year’s tournament at Royal Birkdale. TrackMan data will be captured and broadcasted on four holes during The Open Championship.
TrackMan data will be presented during live competition for the third time in The Open Championship history. In 2007, TrackMan monitors measured competitor tee shots on two tees. For 2008, TrackMan technology will capture shot data – including club delivery data, player launch and trajectory data – on four tees (#3, #6, #12 and #17), during practice and competition rounds. Some of these data will be broadcasted live – by BBC, ABC and TNT – to television viewers around the world.
TrackMan’s continued presence at the Open Championship will also enable The R&A to gather significant input for its extensive research, increasing its understanding of, among other things, how today’s Open Championship courses are approached and played.
Dr Steve Otto of The R&A said, “We are very pleased to develop our cooperation with TrackMan year after year. We are highly confident in the technology and look forward to reviewing the TrackMan data following The Open Championship.In particular, the use of TrackMan on the par 3 12th hole will lead to some interesting data.”
The data provided by the TrackMan™ Tour System includes 3-D shot trajectory, carry distance, ball landing position, ball speed, vertical launch angle, spin rate, club speed, and more.
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