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TrackMan Golf: Build a Better Understanding

Many golfers who have actually been on TrackMan absolutely love the training options the unit provides. Unfortunately not every golfer truly understands the importance of practicing with one and how it can improve your golf swing.  Being able to gather accurate data concerning the flight of your ball is a essential part of being able to play golf more consistently.  The only way to gather that type of information is from using the premier golf swing analysis software available to golfers.  TrackMan Golf is the industries best when it comes to club delivery and measuring actual ball fight.  Here are a few essential data points collected and necessary information for golfers to understand.  Learn these and you can improve your golf scores.

  • Being able to accurately determine how far each club actually travels is an essential part of being able to hit the ball closer to the pin or over hazards.  Most golfers only know how far the total distance is but not how far the ball carries.  Knowing how far the ball carries is more important then knowing how far the ball rolls out.  That is because the roll of the golf ball is going to change from course to course based on how soft or hard the conditions are.  So knowing that a driver for instance rolls out 275 yards but only carries 250 yards, helps make the decision of not trying to carry a bunker which is 260 yards away not only easy but extremely smart.
  • Knowing and ensuring that a golfer has consistent yardage gaps between all their clubs is necessary information.  What we don’t want is having a couple of clubs overlap or only have a few yards between them.  Having two clubs that basically go the same distance is ineffective in the grand scheme of things.
  •  TrackMan Golf helps ensure the science behind the ball-flight is maximized.  This is especially important in being able to hit the ball not only straight but also the furthest.  We as golfers have a specific preference to a manufacture but TrackMan really doesn’t care what manufacture you play.  It only provides you data concerning the ball flight.  So using a golf swing analysis software like TrackMan Golf can help you not only improve your golf game but improve your golf scores.
  • TrackMan Golf measures the most important aspect of the golf swing, the collision between the golf club and golf ball.  Precisely knowing this information and gaining a greater understanding of impact, makes improvement not only easier but potentially faster.  Just using your eyes to determine the mistake at impact, it virtually impossible because of the speed in which that is happening.

Using TrackMan Golf for improving the way a golfer practices is a valuable asset in building ball control skills.  TrackMan Golf tracks the flight of each shot, separates the various clubs being used so that the golfer can review all the data collected.  This is a amazing feature when it comes to building skill based on hitting stock shots or working the golf ball at various distances.

  • See how good you are in controlling the flight of your golf ball at different distances.  You can also see how good you are at hitting specialty shots.
  • Compare your game to those golfers throughout the world.  This is especially important for those golfers who are serious about taking their game to the next level.  Knowing where you stand against other helps you learn exactly what is needed to improve your game.
  • Competitive junior golfers who are looking to play at elite colleges will learn where they stand by taking the TrackMan combine test.  This combine test is something college coaches are looking at when it comes to recruiting.
New for the 2012 golf season is being able to rent TrackMan out for your practice sessions.  You know can use and improve your game with this game changing technology.  For more information on this please visit

These are only a few features that TrackMan offers.  To learn more about the benefits of incorporating TrackMan into your game visit 


Benchmarking – TrackMan Golf Combine Test

The TrackMan Combine test offers golfers of all ability levels a standardized test to measure their ball control skills against other golfers.  Performing this ball control test from the best golf swing analysis software in the golf industry is a must if your serious about your golf improvement.  So what is the TrackMan Combine test?

  1. Players hit shots to various distances (60 ,70 ,80 ,90 ,100 ,120 ,140 , 160, 180 yards) as well as hitting driver .
  2. Upon completion of test, each participant will receive the following feedback:
    1. Average distance away from the pin for each shot hit
    2. Average drive distance and distance away from center line
    3. A score for each distance and drives on a scale of 0-100
    4. Percentage rank for each distance and drives
    5. Combined score for entire test

Below are a few things that you will walk away with.

  • What you will learn from this test:
    • Which distance requires you to practice more at.
    • Which distance your good at compared to a golfer with a similar handicap or one that is better.  This is extremely important information to know especially if your serious about improving your golf scores.
    • Helps create a more precise player specific development program.  Golfers already put the time in to practice, so make that time more effective.  Improving specific distances during practice will certainly help you improve your ball control skills and lower your golf scores.
  • How and what to train better:
    • The combine test also provides you measured information on those essential data points that are directly relate to the ball flight laws.  Knowing which element of the D-Plane requires attention will help you improve as a golfer.

Use this link to find a TrackMan near you.  If your in the Rhode Island or Massachusetts area you can schedule your TrackMan Combine test here.  Learn exactly where the state of your game is and start on your road to golf improvement.

Golf Improvement with TrackMan Golf

Here is a great example of what I’ve been talking about in how important a player knowledge or understanding is.  Specifically one that focuses around the ability to control a golf ball. After reading this I’m pretty sure you’ll see the light on why TrackMan Golf is such an important tool in ones ability to improve as a golfer.  First and foremost it provides golfers quantifiable data and helps sets goals for a golfer to strive for, based specifically on the skills they need improvement on.  The quantifiable data I’m referring to is club path, face angle and plenty more that TrackMan is able to collect as well as store.  So going back after a few sessions to see improvement is easy.

Every golfer I’ve meet wants to improve their scores.  They should for that matter since that is what we all are truly being judged on.  Unfortunately, they really don’t have an exact plan in place or really know how to practice effectively.   So they set themselves on a journey searching for the perfect golf swing based on variables that differ from golfer to golfer.  That in my eyes really sets them up to hit a significant roadblock in their golf improvement.  If they would learn the essential skills necessary to create consistency in their swing, then the roadblock would be lifted and better golf scores would most certainly be in their future.

TrackMan Golf is the best golf swing analysis software available to coaches and golfers to use.  Getting a true golf swing evaluation on your current ball flight and golf swing will certainly shed some light on what is going on at the most important aspect of the golf swing, the moment of impact.  Having a coach that can measure the science behind the impact collision sets what is real and feel off and running in the same direction.  Right now, I see them very far apart from one another in too many golfers.  Even Tiger Woods, who is the best player to ever have played the game really didn’t know what really happens at the moment of truth (see video below and watch it for yourself).  Now that he has learned it and has work with Sean Foley on TrackMan, his ball striking at Bay Hill over the weekend was nothing short of amazing.  Especially on such difficult conditions the course provided the players on Sunday’s final round.  When was the last time Tiger hit the ball as consistent as he did?  I’m a big fan of him and don’t recall him ever being #1 in Total Driving.  I remember him hitting it pretty far but never a straight hitter.  I personally think that having a coach who uses TrackMan with him has certainly helped that part of Tiger’s game.  So take the time just like Tiger has and understand what the golf balls reacts too and start hitting the golf ball like never before.

TrackMan Golf with Video Integration

For as long as many of us can remember, video has always been an integral part of golf instruction.  What many don’t realize is that video really only captures the specific style of each player.  This is extremely evident if you have been following golf over the years, since no golfer has ever swung the club the same.  The key, which video doesn’t capture is the quality of the motion.  It’s impossible for video to capture this type of data since sensors are need to measure rotational speed and forces.  The forces I’m referring to are the ones that start from the ground with your feet, then move through the body and if done efficiently, deliver not only great speed but plenty of force into the back of the golf ball.  That my friends, can only being measured via 3D motion analysis software like K-Vest for instance.  This isn’t a motion analysis blog so I’m going to get right back to the topic at hand and will be discussing 3D motion shortly.

Video is and can be important since it is one of the three common categories of learning styles.  TrackMan for years has been recognized as the best ball flight tracking system on the planet and can seriously help a golfer accelerate their leaning process.  It accelerates learning because it measures what video can’t see, the collision between the golf ball and club.    Incorporating video into TrackMan’s already amazing data capture can really help that visual learner see the 3d images of ball flight, club path, face angle and plenty more layered into the video.  Now golfers can see their swing along side the indispensable data collected if the instructor choices to show them.  That 3D graphics overlay is an incredible addition and a vital tool for that visual learner.

Now that I’ve talked about how TrackMan can help that visual learner, I’m now going to talk about the second category of learning.  That second category is the person who needs audio communication to learn.  If you’re that golfer who only needs verbal commands such as your swinging to much from inside out or your getting step again, then TrackMan can help that golf accelerate their learning as well.  TrackMan Golf has an audio feature that speaks the specific data points the individual needs to hear in order to improve.  This gives the power back to the student to learn and figure out things pretty much on their own.  This type of learning is called “Discovery Learning” which is by far and away the best way to learn and own your swing.

The most amazing part of TrackMan, if you stop and really think about things, TrackMan can help every golfer improve unlike many training aids that are only designed for a specific fault.   The biggest reason I can say that is we all need to understand and learn exactly what the golf ball reacts to.  TrackMan also doesn’t care what method or style you decide to employ into your golf swing as long as it produces good impact alignments.  It only measures and displays the vital key factors that coincide with the ball flight laws.  So in all actuality, it only really cares about what the golf ball cares about.  Now if you can only get yourself to understand the key factors that go into controlling the flight of your golf ball then you will be able to break that ball striking barrier that currently faces you.

Building Blocks

The biggest reason in my eyes golfers really have not improved lies in how and what they practice.  If golfers learn how to practice more effectively, then they will learn how to play better golf.  Continuously practicing ineffectively only creates issues on the golf course.  Not starting out building a golf swing with some solid concepts only leads golfers down the road of frustration and inconsistent scores.  For those who have been playing for  a long time, having a golf coach will help you improve your overall golf skills.  Why?  Because golf coaches are trained to improve and enhance golf skills.

Here is one solution to start building a better golf swing and quality of impact by using a very versatile tool – The Swinkey.  What I have done here is created a situation that will allow a student to obtain ongoing feedback in the swing.  It starts by building consistency in their set-up by ensuring constant ball position, shaft lean, and posture.  Those are some of many parts of building the starting blocks to groove a better golf swing.  It also is a area that most amateurs really struggle with since they rarely practice this correctly.

Another aspect that can be seen in the picture is the alignment rod sticking up from the Swinkey on my left hand side.  This rod positioned here helps me work on my swing plane.  It won’t allow me suck the club to far to the inside on my backswing or drop it way inside on the downswing.  Having a good swing direction plays a important role in control the curvature of the ball.

I’ve made a previous post about how I like to use lie boards but I’ll go through it again for those who maybe have not seen it yet.  These lie boards are great to help golfers gain a better understanding in getting the club to come into the golf ball on a better angle of attack.  Creating a better angle of attack is one of many aspects in creating compression between the club and ball.

Now to compact this problem of golfers continuously practicing ineffectively, I’ve created some unique golf programs that will allow golfers to come and improve their golf swing by having a complete golf training program designed for them.  Be monitored by a trained golf coach dedicated to improving golfers score better.  Also train with some of the industries best golf swing analysis software such as TrackMan golf.  This comprehensive golf coaching program is one of the best programs in the area because of how holistic it is.

Golf is a Game of Skills

Playing consistent golf is more then just trying to develop a good looking golf swing.  Golf as a whole, requires individual skills sets in the grand scheme of things.  Golf as the game, can easily be broken down into these categories:

In each of these categories golfers have various skill levels.  The key to improving your scores is finding out which skills you need help with.  Retaining the services of a certified golf coach will not only help you figure that out, but will help you improve them.  To often golf lessons focus just on swing mechanics.  They spent to much time trying to build the most picture perfect swing on video.  Clearly if you have been following golf since it’s creation, you would see that no two touring professionals have ever swung the same.  They have developed certain essential skills in their swing to control the moment of impact, which in return, controls the flight of the golf ball.

In the following blogs I’ll be discussing these categories more and sharing some insights that will help you develop skills necessary to become skillful in those categories.  You may not need to read or even follow all of them but I’m very certain that you do need help in a some categories.

Where Will Your Driver Take You?

Every golfer is infatuated with creating more distance even though it doesn’t directly lead to improving your golf scores.  Hitting more fairways is always a better start to shooting consistent scores.  Every manufacture knows that hitting fairways is more important then overall distance, especially if the longer distance means longer in the woods.  They know that, we know that, then why do they focus their marketing techniques to create a major buzz on distance?  Maybe it has to do with their 2012 product line is now available and hitting projected sales is the big picture?

Honestly, if your driver is properly fitted to your swing and it’s a few years old, gaining a tremendous amount of distance isn’t in the cards.  To gain that additional distance comes from improving energy transfer in the golf swing.  So what you really need is a golf coach to help you with that and not a new driver.  The real and most important question is how consistent can you hit your current driver?  What if their was a way to improve the consistency of your current gamer?  I really think somebody has found a way and it’s slowly taking the professional ranks by storm.

TrueAim will help improve the consistency of your current driver.

The TrueAim concept was developed by two putting teachers who are friends of mine.  They took and used their knowledge in putter fittings and developed a driver fitting system to help a golfer learn how to aim the driver face more consistently.  They have merged the feel of where the club is aiming to being closer to where it actually is.  What that has done has improved the D-Plane of a golfers swing by bringing in the vectors closer together that control the spin axis.  Reduce the amount of spin axis an the golfer will improve accuracy and consistency.  It really is that simple.

When we first talked, I was very skeptical that a alignment decal would help a golfer hit more fairways and not have to purchase a new driver.  Being that they are friends of mine, I decided that it would not hurt to give it a shot.  After doing some extensive testing on myself with TrackMan and visiting my club fitter  to test the product on FlightScope (maybe you have seen my TrueAim videos on my youtube channel), I’m completely convinced that the product works.  So far I’ve tested 3 different players with various skills levels and the results have been nothing short of astonishing.  Each of us improved accuracy and two of us increased driver distance.  Seriously, who would of thought that a decal would make such a huge change?  I for one didn’t, but it is difficult to argue with what the TrackMan golf launch monitor data.  It nor I certainly don’t care what driver model your playing or want to play.  It just tracks the flight of the golf balls hit and displays the results.

For more information on TrueAim or to schedule a fitting visit

TrueAim Testing video

The Importance of Rolling the Rock

Better players understand the importance of making more putts and how it directly affects your ability to score. The unfortunate things is that a majority of golfers don’t really work on or really try to improve their putting skills.  I call them putting skills because in putting, there are various skills golfers have to learn to dramatically improve their ball control skills.  Putting does involve more then just having good a putting stroke.

The golfers who have the ability to control the their golf ball on the putting green is usually the one who is extremely hard to beat.  That is because more shots are taken on the green with that one club then any other club.  Since there isn’t another club in the bag that gets that used much, golfers main focus should be a ensuring the have the essential skills related to mastering the putting green.

Let’s take a look at Tiger Woods for instance.  Before I get into that everyone should know that he is by far and away my favorite golfer and this is not going to be a bashing session.  For years he has been known for his uncanny ability to make the big putt.  The one who normally destroys competitors hopes on the putting green.  Now for the last two years his ability to make putts has changed.  The routine putts he used to make with his eyes closed, now can’t seem to find the bottom of the hole.  What has changed is that he now hits more fairways (4th), GIR (8th) but the one that really matters has slipped dramatically, putts gained per round. He now is ranked 178th on tour.

If putting means so much to how a golfers will score, then why isn’t it that more golfers spend more time on improving those skills?  Why is it that golfers fall into the manufactures trap of buying the latest and greatest driver promoting distance?  Why don’t golfers seek out professionals that understand the ins and outs of putting?  The only thing that I can figure is that golfers truly don’t care about their score but only about how far they hit the golf ball.  Maybe that is why golfers handicaps haven’t changed over the years?  They have their priorities in the wrong place and most likely because of what they are always seeing during advertisements.

For those of you who are serious about your game and want to shoot lower scores, then you need to take a long hard look into your performance on the putting green.  I know from using stat tracking programs for myself and my students that everyone has some type of deficiency.  Finding out exactly what that is will provide you the key to unlocking the scoring barrier that now faces you.  See the program that will start to transform your game

Transform Your Game

Master The Putting green

Your ability to improve golf scores starts first with improving the area that matters most in scoring.  That area I’m referring to is on the putting green.  Becoming a great putter doesn’t require plenty of physical strength, just sound putting instruction that encompasses everything.  It requires a golfer to learn how to read golf greens accurately so they where to aim the putter.  Once a golfer knows where to aim, they must make a stroke that sends the ball off on their intended line and at the correct speed, for the ball to take the break.

I’m pretty sure that everyone has received a golf lesson that included putting instruction which dealt with the mechanics of the putting stroke.  I’m also pretty sure that when it came to discussing green-reading it was pretty vague. Probably included the words “it takes experience to learn how to read greens” or “the ball break towards the water” and “the ball breaks away from mountains”.  What you have never been taught, is how to read golf greens so that the guess work of where to aim, is out of the equation.  Well that is until Mark Sweeney; the inventory of Emmy Award winning AimPoint Technologies, created the AimPoint green reading program.  This unique program teaches golfers how to precisely read greens.  AimPoint has helped LPGA Tour professional Stacey Lewis win her first major.  It has also helped many other touring professionals, college players, and many of golfers dramatically improve their putting statistics.  Now this program can help you just like it has helped thousands of other golfers around the world.

Once you learn how to read greens accurately, the next step is building skills that are directly related to  controlling how the ball is being rolled.  That starts with getting your ball control skills tested.  How good are you at those essential skills?  If your really consistent, then the putter you have is pretty well fitted to you.  If you have issues, then it could be directly related to your putter.  That is easily checked by somebody who truly knows how to fit a putter.  Once that issue is taken care of, you can get back to improving those ball control skills that great putters have.

How amazing would that be if you could find a program that would help you transform your game on the putting greens?  Help you with everything necessary to constantly amaze your friends?  Well, the green reading part can be taken care of if you attend a AimPoint Green Reading clinic, and I’ve now incorporated putting instruction into the mix in one great program.

Shot-by-Shot Strategy

Now that I’ve showed you how I use TrackMan Golf to help golfers gain a clearer understand of ball flight patterns.  Now I’m going to take it one step further by discussing how to use those dispersion patterns and Shot-by-Shot statistics to maximize scoring opportunities.

Shot-by-Shot provides not only the golfer but the coach exact details to potential scoring issues that they are encountering on the course.  Not only will it show them, but it will explain in many specific parameters what’s necessary to improve ones scoring.  I know many coaches take their students out to play which is invaluable in my opinion.  But taking it one step further and being able to collect data from round after round is simply the best way to ensure the student is performing to their peak potential.  What I really like about the program is that students can enter the type of round it was.  Was it a tournament or non-tournament round?  Was it stroke play or match play?  This really helps the coach understand the changes if any actually happens between different competitions.  The data illustrates the weaknessess the players has, so player specific programs can be modified.

Between the data collected by TrackMan Golf and Shot-by-Shot, players and coaches will be able to devise course managements plans.  These plans will focus around the strengths of the player.  Being able to create strategies gives the player more confidence going into the round.  Having confidence in ones ability, let’s the golfer remove tension in their swing.  Removing tension creates a flowing swing that will ultimate help you control your ball from tee to green.