As with any technology there are better software updates and new advances that makes our job easier as teachers and fitters… One of the best I have seen to date is TrackMan’s Shot Optimizer that helps me to understand just where you are losing efficiency, and instantly shows what I need to do in order to optimize your ball’s flight.
Let’s take a sample swing I made this morning, and see what we need to do in order to help me hit the ball a touch more effectively.
Not bad for the first swing of the day
Ball Speed 150.4
Very slightly low as I hit this ball a touch low on the face
Attack Angle -0.2
Basically level with the ground
Spin Rate 2828
A touch high due to my low vertical impact point
Dynamic Loft 11.4 and Launch Angle 9.6
Low due to impact point
About 15 yards shorter than my normal oiled up swing
Height 69.0 feet
Low once again due to impact point
Landing Angle, 31.0 degrees
Very flat landing angle due to poor launch
Total Yardage, 273.0
Hope it’s dry conditions so it will chase out
As we examine what TrackMan is telling me, you will notice the following things
Was on the low end of the spectrum
Ball Speed 150.4
Was on the upper end of the range
Launch Angle 9.6
Was out of the range completely
Was just above average
Height 69 feet
Was out of the spectrum as well
The final optimization would be the following
My Total: 273
Potential Total: 277
So what does this sample shot tell me as the teacher?
- The Clubhead Speed and Ball Speed are about normal for my swing when I hit the first few shots in the morning without being warmed up, so this is not an issue
- My Spin Loft and Launch Angle are too low – Attribute this to reduced dynamic loft at impact… This could be attributed to factors such as:
– Static loft of my current driver could be set too low
– Vertical gear effect as I hit the ball a touch low on the face
– Improper shaft fitting causing the club to have too little loft at impact
- Spin Rate is a touch high at 2828, I would say this could be the ball I was hitting which was a more “spinny” ball than what I usually play and/or vertical gear effect stemming from a low face impact
- Overall height was about 10-12 feet too low…could be a dynamic loft or vertical impact issue
Now armed with all the data, here is what changes I would suggest in order to optimize this shot.
- Check impact point on the club-face with Dr. Sholls to see if the low dynamic loft, low launch, and high spin is a gear effect issue
- If so, fix the low impact point
- If gear effect is not the issue the we must raise the dynamic loft at impact by increasing the static loft of the club
- If this doesn’t change things then I would suggest altering the shaft so that the club doesn’t lag so much through impact reducing dynamic loft
- If we still don’t get the results we’d like then we know it’s a combination of loft, shaft, and a swing issue causing a lower dynamic loft at impact
Changing the impact point and dynamic loft will increase the spin loft, launch, and height, as well as, reduce spin… This will give me more overall carry while still maintaining a low descent angle so the ball runs out when landing!
I’m not a specialist nor a good player, just a physiotherapist.
But when I read all the posts about trackman analyse,I can’t understand your degree of certitudes regarding a single shot.
When you want to make a medical study, you need to have a big population to propose solutions.
We usually admit that under 30 people we can’t have a lot of interest in the results.
A test on a single patient is more a case report.
In my idea it’s the same for golf shots.
Isn’t it possible, with the trackman, to make for example 30 shots with the same club and objective, and then the system makes a mean of the parameters with the standard deviation.
On this value it will be more easy to create tendecies for a player.
Being able to recreate same shots one after the other isn’t easy for high handicaps (maybe also for good players…)
Using normalised data with rejection of the more distant results can maybe help guys like me!
Ihope some trackman specialists can give me constructives answers
Not even a little answer?
I had a call with a french teacher who is a trackman user.
He told me that the function «mean»is avalaible on the trackman.
So no opinion about using it Tom?
Did you not get my reply?
Yes I received it.
Isn’t it interesting to get the answer for all readers?
Here is my question: why means increasing spin loft a decrease of spin? I would guess that a higher spin loft would lead to a higher spinrate!?