Why choose launch monitor fittings?
Who should use one?
Any serious golfer, not necessarily just a low handicapper, should look at using a launch monitor.
To make the most of your time with one, however, we recommend you let a certified golf instructor interpret the shot data to explain what you should be working on.
Why should a golfer use one?
From a golf swing perspective, a lesson with a professional who has access to a launch monitor will allow the golfer to understand their ball flight better and what they can do to control and improve it.
By giving detailed access to parameters such as ball speed and launch angle, instructors are also able to adjust elements during a custom fitting, such as the shaft, to ensure the golfer's clubs match up with their swing.
Radar-based launch monitors use a scientific principle called the "Doppler Effect"
How do launch monitors work?
There are two types of launch monitor.
One tracks the ball after impact using "Doppler radar" technology, while the other uses camera technology to record the data at impact.
Both systems then use their own algorithms to provide a range of data and projections about the shot that has been hit.
What data do they provide?
Doppler radar systems measure ball-flight data and project club data. Camera-based systems measure club data and project ball-flight data.
Ball data includes ball speed, launch angle, launch direction, spin axis, spin rate, smash factor (efficiency of the transfer of energy from the club to the ball), height, carry distance, total distance, landing angle and hang time.
Club data comprises club speed, attack angle, club path, swing plane, swing direction, dynamic loft (amount of loft on the club face at impact), spin loft, face angle and face-to-path.
The principles of the 3D Doppler Tracking Golf Radar
With technology improving the world of sports in leaps and bounds, more accurate sports measurement systems have resulted in improvements not only for players, but for spectators too.
3D Ball Tracking
The two main technological aspects of the FlightScope 3D motion tracking device are its radar technology (very similar to that which is used in the military), and its advanced industrial electronics.
The patented phased array tracking technology that is used in all FlightScope radar units is the most advanced in the industry today.
FlightScope's 3D motion tracking devices are not just about ball measurement; they can also help with your golf swing analysis by measuring 24 variables related to your Ball, Club or Swing, such as:
- Ball Speed
- Vertical Launch Angle
- Horizontal Launch Angle
- Vertical Decent Angle
- Smash Factor
- Spin Rate
- Spin Axis
- Carry Distance
- Total Distance
- Lateral Landing
- Apex Height
- Flight Time
- Shot Dispersion
- Club Speed
- Club Speed Profile
- Club Acceleration Profile
- Face Angle
- Face to Path
- Dynamic Loft
- Angle of Attack
- Club Path
- Vertical Swing Plane
- Horizontal Swing Plane
The ball's entire trajectory after it has been launched is also tracked, which means you have exceptionally comprehensive ball measurement information instantly available, helping you to improve your golf swing.
Call the Professional Shop at Preston Golf Club on 01772 700022 and book your FREE FLIGHTSCOPE session with Andrew today.
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