TrackMan’s swing and ball flight monitor now achieves industry-leading performance with just 10 feet of ball flight – a major breakthrough for indoor golf centers, retailers, academies, golf clubs, and private home clients.
The breakthrough is TrackMan’s new ability to measure spin rate in less space – specifically 10 feet of ball flight. Unlike some other launch monitor technologies that estimate and imply spin rate, TrackMan has always directly measured the spin rate of the golf ball. With TrackMan now able to precisely measure spin rate in such a short distance (driver at 10 feet), facilities with limited space can now take advantage of TrackMan’s cutting-edge technology.
Fredrik Tuxen, TrackMan co-founder and CTO: “Measuring spin directly and accurately is important for a number of reasons. First of all, knowing a golfer’s ball spin rate is essential when making driver fitting recommendations. If you do not track the ball for the entire flight, as is the case indoors, the results of a ball flight model will be significantly impacted by the preciseness of the spin rate entered into the model.”
To illustrate Tuxen’s point, imagine a golfer hits a drive with a ball speed of 150 mph, launch angle of 13 degrees, and spin rate of 3000 rpm. According to the laws of physics (and assuming a premium golf ball), the ball will travel approximately 255 yards, including bounce and roll.
TrackMan has seen other technologies estimate spin rate without indicating the measurement is in fact, an estimate. In such cases, the spin rate estimate commonly has a margin of error of +- 1000 rpm. The result: if you enter a mistakenly measured 2000 or 4000 rpm in a ball flight model, rather than the correctly measured 3000 rpm, the resulting drive distance would be calculated to travel either 276 or 230 yards- a discrepancy of 46 yards. Club-fitting sessions having a spin rate margin of error this great result in misleading and poor equipment recommendations.
For club fitting as well as practicing, being able to represent golf shot results accurately is imperative. This is why the precise measurement of spin rate is so important and why this upgrade represents such a significant breakthrough. Now, facilities with limited space can provide the same level of service as larger centers.
“We are very excited to announce this technological advancement. With it, TrackMan continues to stay at the forefront of the market in its ability to directly and accurately measure spin,” says Fredrik Tuxen.