For the first time ever, TrackMan™ data will be used during the broadcast of this week’s US Open and measurement results will be conveyed to viewers all over the world.
During the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines, 12-15 June, player launch and trajectory data will be captured during live competition for only the second time in USGA tournament history.
In 2007, TrackMan monitors measured competitor tee shots on one tee. For 2008, TrackMan technology will capture shot data on two tees (#6 and #13), during the Tuesday and Wednesday practice rounds, as well as during the first two competition rounds Thursday and Friday. TrackMan’s continued presence at the US Open enables the USGA to acquire the most accurate ball flight and club data for the world’s top players.
As a new step in TrackMan’s contribution to the US Open, TrackMan data will be used in this year’s broadcast. During Thursday and Friday’s tournament play, club head speed, ball speed, carry distance and 3D graphics (ball flight trajectory) for US Open contestants will be delivered to a worldwide audience. Additional parameters, such as spin rate and launch angle, may also be examined live.
Dick Rugge, the USGA’s senior technical director said, “We are very pleased to deepen our cooperation with TrackMan year after year. The US Open is a great opportunity for the USGA to measure launch conditions and swing performance of the best golfers in the world. Once again, TrackMan will be a key asset in our effort to monitor the game of golf during top competition.”
Klaus Eldrup-Jorgensen, president of ISG, stated, “We are proud to continue our contribution to the US Open. We work hard to develop the world’s most useful and accurate measurement and analysis technologies to be used during the world’s top sporting events. We are excited that the USGA has chosen to use TrackMan on two tees during the 2008 US Open.”
The data provided by the TrackMan Tour System, based on Doppler radar technology, includes 3-D shot trajectory, carry distance, ball landing position, ball speed, vertical launch angle, spin rate, club speed, and more.
TrackMan is currently in use worldwide by almost every major golf club, golf shaft, and golf ball manufacturer, as well the USGA and the R&A.
With recent software upgrades, an improved price, and both FCC and CE approval, ISG is making the TrackMan™ technology available to a wider range of customers including golf clubs, golf academies, golf ranges, club-fitters, tour professionals, and serious players.