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Monthly Archives: June 2011
June 23, 2011Posted by on
I’m sure by now you have heard about Trackman and how important it’s been to the game of golf. This isn’t going to be completely about that, but it will be about one of its applications. Hopefully this will shed some light on those of you who have not used Trackman yet and for those of you who have, excellent, because you already know how great it is.
The application I’m talking about is the approach test. This is an unbelievable application in determining your average distance from the pin while creating pressure that is found on the golf course.
Basically this is how it works. I’ll ask the student to grab a scoring club and to give me a carry yardage for it. I’ve actually already had some of them tell me they are not sure. That is a problem all in itself. How do you expect to hit it close if you don’t know how far you actually carry the golf ball? When I get that response, it becomes an easy fix. I’ll go through a quick gapping report with them so they can have those numbers.
Now back to the approach test application. TrackMan will create virtual target circles at 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 yards from center pin for the golfer to see on the computer screen. Golfers then get to hit 10 golf balls to their specific carry yardage. While the progression of the 10 golf balls is being hit, TrackMan produces a handicap for that distance being tested based on the distance your shot landed from the center pin. Each golf ball hit is tracked, as well as its data being saved, for a complete PDF summary. This is great to come back for review to ensure progress is being attained.
By the time the test ends, you will know exactly what your handicap is for that distance along with your average distance away from the pin. This information obtained during the test is vital in achieving lower golf scores.
Why is this information so vital? Well how to do expect to consistently shoot lower scores if your average distance from the pin is outside of 30 feet for a scoring club? In 2010, Paul Stankowski led the PGA Tour by making 2 percent of his 25 attempts from 30-35’. How many of those putts do you actually expect to make? Where would you think the personalized plan should start with knowing this information? To me it would start with the clubs that effect scoring the most, wouldn’t you agree?