Putting your game back on Trackman

31-01-2015 Picture Roberto Cavieres. David Pirie golf column pictures. World of Golf,2700 Great Western Road, Clydebank
31-01-2015 Picture Roberto Cavieres. David Pirie golf column pictures. World of Golf,2700 Great Western Road, Clydebank

Video shows you style and Trackman shows you skill is a very true statement, and I firmly believe that every golfer should have at least one session on Trackman to see just where they are with their golf game.

Take a look at the first picture. The small orange box behind me is our Trackman Pro Radar device. We desperately try to avoid falling over it, as it costs around £ 16,000.It is operated by Doplar Radar, sending a shower of beams out towards a specific target. The golfer then simply hits a few shots, and the data is fed directly into our laptop computer.

31-01-2015 Picture Roberto Cavieres. David Pirie golf column pictures. World of Golf,2700 Great Western Road, Clydebank

31-01-2015 Picture Roberto Cavieres. David Pirie golf column pictures. World of Golf,2700 Great Western Road, Clydebank

There are three main numbers that we are initially interested in, the swing path, the face angle, and the attack angle. If these numbers are good, it is an indicator that we are dealing with a good swing. In the case of a typical slicer, the path would be something like -8 degrees, with a face angle of say +10 degrees.

So the swing direction is too far to the left with the clubface wide open at the point of impact. When the face/path are going in different directions, there is a divergence and massive curvature is the order of the day. When the path is massively out-in a minus number is created. I then stick an alignment rod in the ground directly in front of the player, and simply ask them to start the ball to the right side of the rod.

This encourages the path to become more to the right, and after a few swings a + positive number occurs. It is fairly easy to alter the swing path - the tricky bit then is to get the face slightly squarer at the point of impact. When this happens the face-path relationship is good, and the ball flies with much more control.

Now have a glance at the second picture. This shows that the golfer has produced a club speed of 84.5 mph, a path of 1.9 positive, and a face angle of 3.5 open. This shot would have blocked straight right of target, as the face number is greater than the path number. If he wanted a soft draw shot ideally the face would have to be 0.5 to 1.0 degree open, to correspond with this good path.

His attack angle should be 2.5 degrees on the down. So there we are a glimpse of Trackman, that shows us exactly what is happening at the point of impact. We no longer have to guess what is going on! In fact the Trackman motto is simple “ why guess at what you can measure” . This machine is already revolutionising coaching, if you haven’t tried it out yet - what are you waiting for. Next week: Pole time.

pics sent 6a and 3 b.