By Paul Myers
The Trackman golf simulator is a powerful golf swing analysis tool that you may have used, or at least seen, during your golf experience. It measures a wide-variety of elements within a golf swing, and provides data which is useful to both golf teachers and club fitters alike. If you have never worked with Trackman before, it would be worth your time to find a local golf shop or golf course that has this technology, and try it out for yourself.
For everything that Trackman does, it is still up to you to properly use the information that it provides. Whether you use that information to purchase new equipment that it is a better fit for your swing, or just to fix your swing, you need to make an effort to properly implement the data that you have been provided.
The Trackman golf simulator offers far more than the three measurements below, but these are three of the that are useful when trying to improve your game. By looking at these three numbers, you can learn a lot about your golf swing and what can be done to improve it.
Club Head Speed
The club head speed measurement is pretty self-explanatory, and this is one number that possibly all golfers would love to increase. Of course, the higher club head speed you are able to achieve, the more distance you should be able to find on your shots – all else being equal. While you don’t want to destroy your swing simply in search of a few extra yards, it is worth your time to pursue added club head speed whether through swing speed training.
In order to get the most out of the Trackman golf simulator, try having your swing measured right now, and then measure again once a week, in a month, or after you do some work on your game. In fact, checking the performance of your swing regularly is a good way to chart progress and make sure your practice efforts are being rewarded. As long as you see steady, if small, improvement in your swing speed, you will know that something you are doing is working.
The angle at which the ball leaves the club is known as the launch angle, and it has a lot to say about how far your shots will travel. While every shot has a launch angle, most often this is talked about in reference to the driver. When you are able to launch the ball at an optimum angle, with optimal spin, you can achieve your best distances. The right launch angle varies somewhat from golfer to golfer depending on their club head speed, which is why it helps to work with a trained professional when interpreting your own Trackman data. If your launch angle is not in a good range, changes to the driver head or shaft that you are using might be in order.
The amount of spin on the golf ball also plays a significant role in how far your drives will fly. Too much spin and the ball will float up too high into the air and not carry as far down the fairway. Conversely, too little spin won’t allow the ball to stay in the air, and you might find that your shots come back to earth sooner than you would like. Not to mention too much spin can kill some of the roll once the ball hits the ground.
Optimizing spin rate is one of the most important things you can do with your Trackman data, either by making slight changes to your technique, or using different equipment that is a better fit for your swing. Once you are able to dial in an ideal spin rate, along with a good launch angle, you should be looking at drives that fly further than ever before.
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