What is TrackMan you ask?

This is TrackMan. TrackMan measures ball launch as well as all clubface and swing data. Then instantly, using a proprietary world-class ball flight model, it calculates the length, dispersion and trajectory of the shot. TrackMan measures the full trajectory of any shot, ranging from short pitches to 400 yard drives and measures the landing position with an accuracy of 1 foot at 100 yards. Here is a picture of what you see after TrackMan has calculated the data…

The yellow, vertical line I have drawn illustrates the two sides of data which will be the focus of yourself and your fitter. Can you guess which side you will be looking at? Thankfully, your fitter will be looking at the left side of that line!

To make this a bit easier to comprehend and explain, I will use the data from my iron fitting. If you wish, Club Champion will be happy to provide you with all the following data sheets from your fitting. They will also review your results as you go through your fitting to help you understand what the different variables mean and how they effect your game.

In this first graphic you see the data from the shafts used. Again, Club Champion views the shaft as the foundation and they then select a club head. In this case a head most similar to my “gamer” 6 iron was used. Since I lack swing speed, which effects distance, their first objective is to find a shaft that will yield the fastest Ball Speed. The difference is clear. Note the orange arrows – the added 5.6 MPH of Ball Speed yielded 21.4 extra yards of Carry Distance. Depending on my situation, that can be 1 less stroke per hole!

Now on to the fun part, the club heads! When Mr. Harrow was discussing what I was looking for in an iron prior to even putting a club in my hand I told him that I was very interested in getting back into a set of blades. Below you can see the succession of clubs Mr. Harrow put in my hand. They are in order. I first hit the Mizuno MP 59. Even though it is considered to be more of a “Player’s Club”, you can see I hit it very well, far better than what was in my bag. Once you have a shaft that suits you, the next statistic that is most valuable in choosing the best club head is Spin Rate. The Ball Speed and Carry Distance should remain fairly constant given that (for the most part) they are a product of the shaft, as you can see pictured below. Note, however, the dramatic increase in Spin Rate yielded by the Mizuno MP 53 club head. My RPM increased by nearly 1000! Combined with the Fit on Max 65 R2 shaft, I was able to gain just over 19 yards of Carry Distance, without sacrificing any control. In fact, Mr. Harrow suggested that I would most likely increase my ability to control and work the ball.

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