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Trackman Range debuts in the U.S. at Carl’s Golfland

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In May 2017, GolfWRX Contributor Adam Crawford published a story titled, “Is the future of golf hiding in Trackman’s code.” It detailed a new technology from Trackman called “Trackman Range,” which was at the time was only available in the company’s home country of Denmark.

Imagine walking onto a driving range, setting your bag down behind a selected spot of turf, and pulling your phone out. You scroll through your apps and select the Trackman app. Once you log on to the app, you’ll be connected to the Trackman server at said range, and then you’ll be prompted to hit a calibration shot. You take a swing, look at your phone once more, and the prompt will ask you, “Was this your shot?” You confirm it is and then you’re locked in.

Now for the next however long you’re at the range, Trackman will provide you the same data the pros are getting for each and every shot with the data hub right on your phone. While you’re checking your numbers, it will also be doing the same exact thing, at the same exact time, for the 75 other golfers hitting balls down range. And you didn’t have to pay a penny extra.

U.S. golfers don’t have to imagine this technology anymore… that is, if they’re willing to visit the Detroit area. Trackman has entered a partnership with Carl’s Golfland, a Michigan-based golf retailer and practice facility, to install its Range Solution at the company’s 15-acre Bloomfield Hills practice facility. The technology will offer golfers real-time stats for launch angle, ball speed, carry and total yards from the Trackman app, which golfers can download for free. Club head data won’t be available, but according to Trackman, future enhancements of single and multi-player range games will be offered “soon.”

As a Metro Detroit native, I’m ecstatic to have this technology available in my backyard. As much fun as places like TopGolf are, they’re no substitute for a Trackman range session. I hope this technology spreads.

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  1. Doug

    Feb 13, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    Its new hear at Golflounge in Hamburg, Germany too. But its not for free, they charge you 19 Euros an hour. I don‘t know, it only gives you data that is already visible…

  2. Steve Wozeniak

    Sep 9, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Can I get my own balls back when I am done or do I have to hit the range balls that are not even close to balls that I will be using????

  3. Denny Jones

    Sep 8, 2017 at 6:20 am

    I called them. There will not be an additional fee to use the Trackman range and it should be available sometime late October.

  4. OB

    Sep 7, 2017 at 1:51 am

    Only 1/2 of 1% of golfers worldwide can benefit from Trackman and the rest just stay on the range and hit buckets of balls until they attain some semblance of consistency. A lesson might also help.

  5. James

    Sep 6, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Trackman Range is a joke. You just see yardages, ball speed, launch angle and height.
    All the important datas are invisible.

    • TW

      Sep 6, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      Then buy a trackman, or better yet develop a better mousetrap.

      • dr bloor

        Sep 6, 2017 at 10:49 pm

        Or, look at the ball after you hit it at the range.

  6. John

    Sep 6, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    This is great, but it’s a little disappointing that there’s no club head data – path, face, angle of attack.

    • TW

      Sep 6, 2017 at 9:22 pm

      Your comment is a little disappointing. A completely free service that wasn’t available to you yesterday and all you can do is be critical.

      • John

        Sep 7, 2017 at 11:34 am

        Of course I would pay extra for the current data and more for more data. Given all the info radar – Flightscope and Trackman – offers, just these data points are great, I’m glad to have them, but not unreasonable to expect more paid options.

  7. Jared

    Sep 6, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    I love the idea. This is going to destroy the average golfer’s ego due to the fact that trackman will give them real yardages on how far they actually hit their clubs. This might be discouraging to some who thought they hit the ball further/better than they actually do.

    • Jack

      Sep 19, 2017 at 7:02 am

      Many claims that the machine is broken lol.

  8. Greg Wank

    Sep 6, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    When does this open/start?

  9. Philip

    Sep 6, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    If the range is using a decent “real” ball (that Trackman has programmed) that they do not allow to wear out too much then this idea is awesome. Of course, if the range balls are worn out, one now has a perfect location to unload those shag balls at the end of their range session to get “real” numbers. Definitely a move in a better direction for what ranges can be used for. Of course, I’m expecting a lot of golfers will adamantly resist the numbers being sent by Trackman as they see how far they actually hit their clubs …

    • Jim

      Sep 6, 2017 at 3:29 pm

      Trackman has a “normalization” tool for Premium golf balls when you are hitting range balls – range balls aren’t really an issue as Trackman accounts for the changes in spin, LA, ball speed, etc

  10. Kyle Simmons

    Sep 6, 2017 at 11:44 am

    This is awesome. I live 15 minutes from Carl’s and I can’t wait to check this out!

  11. Miguel Dabu

    Sep 6, 2017 at 11:28 am

    This would be great if implemented at majority of driving ranges in the future. One can only dream.

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Tiger Woods opts for lead tape on his Newport 2 rather than a heavier putter: Here’s why it makes sense

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After days of speculation about which putter Tiger Woods might end up with an attempt to tame the greens at Royal Portrush, we now officially know he settled on his old faithful GSS Scotty Cameron but with a twist—some added lead tape.

The whole reason the speculation was in high gear early in the week was because of Tiger was spotted with a new custom Scotty that had the Studio Select weights in the sole to increase head weight to help with slow greens, something Tiger has talked about in the past—especially when it comes to the greens at The Open Championship.

We can even look back a few years ago when Tiger finally put a Nike putter in play, the original Method (those were nice putters) and talked about both the increased head weight and the grooves on the face to help get the ball rolling on slower greens.

The decision to stick with the old faithful with added lead tape goes beyond just a comfort level, even if the two putters look the same at address, it’s about feel and MOI around the axis.

Let me explain. Sure the putter heads weight the same, but depending on where the mass is located it will change the MOI. The putter with the Select weights vs. lead tape in the middle will have a higher MOI because there is more weight on the perimeter of the head—it’s like a blade vs. cavity back iron. Sure, two 7-irons can weigh the same but the performance will vary significantly.

For a player with such deft feel like Tiger Woods, any change like that can could cause doubt. Tweaking an already great putting stroke and on the eve of the last major of the year is not really something you want to do, which is why it isn’t surprising he stuck with his legendary Newport 2.

Lead tape in the middle allows Tiger to increase the head weight with very little change to the natural rate of rotation for hit putter and hopefully manage the slower Portrush greens better.

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Tour Van Intel @ The Open: P790 UDI seeding, possible new putter for Tiger, Bryson with PXG wedges, Spieth in T100 irons

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Whispers from the tour vans at The Open Championship, via our Johnny Wunder’s crack reporting. JW has his finger on the pulse of what’s going on in the world of reps, techs, new builds, and new product. Here are his notes on equipment switches of note from Royal Portrush.

1. Tony Finau had a Ping Blueprint 2-iron built up. The strategy here is self-explanatory: knee-high fastballs.

2. Tiger Woods was seen testing a heavier headed Scotty Cameron proto that is a replica of his famous wand that he’s used to win 14/15 majors. In addition, he also added lead tape to the back of his famous Scotty. The strategy here is to create a heavier head feel which is helpful on slower greens.

3. Do we see Bryson Dechambeau with PXG wedges in his bag?! The rumor is after messing around with a friend’s wedges during a practice round, he liked, he wanted, and he now has. Where this will go from here is anybody’s guess.

4. TaylorMade has distributed several Proto P790 UDI 2-irons this week. Tiger, Rory, Fleetwood, DJ, Rahm, all testing amongst others.

5. Jason Day is testing a new TaylorMade Spider X Chalk which would be the first switch he’s made from his Red Spider Tour in a long time. DJ is as per usual testing new putters he was seen with a Spider Copper Mini. What he will land on for the Open is anyone’s guess.

6. Jordan Spieth is now into a set of Titleist T100 irons: 5-9, Project X 6.5 shafts.

Per Titleist…

“While Spieth waited to put the T100’s in the bag until the season’s final major, he is not unfamiliar with the iron. In fact, according to lead Titleist Tour Representative, J.J. VanWezenbeeck, Jordan was clearly the most influential player in the development process.”

“It was over two years ago that Jordan and [Titleist Director of Iron Development] Marni Ines had already started discussing what Jordan was looking for in a next generation iron,” said VanWezenbeeck. “The keys for Jordan were sole, offset, and overall look. As we created early prototypes and discussed specifics with Jordan and other players, we found an opportunity to take everything we learned with the AP2 line and build an entirely new iron. There was an obvious challenge to surpass the most played tour iron in the world.”

“The final T100 prototype was revealed to Jordan and other select players during a Titleist photo shoot at Scioto CC during the week of the Memorial.”

“Jordan immediately commented that the offset and top line was everything he wanted,” said VanWezenbeeck. “As we moved to the tee, Jordan kept commenting to Marni about how the club set up and the look was just what he was looking for. Knowing we succeeded in those categories, now the question became, ‘are you getting the performance of the AP2 line and more, despite being in a sleeker chassis?’ His performance and responses at the hitting session confirmed we succeeded at what we set out to do.”

7. Webb Simpson is also into a set of Titleist 620 MB irons: 5-9, True Temper Dynamic Gold TI X100 shafts.

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10 interesting photos from Tuesday & Wednesday at the U.S. Open

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links!

We have plenty of general galleries packed with a bundle of great photos in our forums, as well as specialized and WITB galleries for you to enjoy. Here are ten interesting photos from Tuesday and Wednesday to get you fired up ahead of today’s opening round!

Bernd Wiesberger testing the new Aldila Rip X proto shaft.

Checking out Paul Casey’s custom Mizuno irons.

New Mitsubishi iron shaft.

Tiger Woods’ famed and trusty Scotty.

Justin Rose rocking Nike’s Roshe G Tour shoes from their “No Denim Allowed” pack at Pebble this week.

Amateur Matt Parziale gaming the “old school” ProForce V2 shaft in his 3W.

Up-close and personal with Kodai Ichihara’s wedges.

Rickie Fowler showing off the Cobra x CRU’s Headcover from Puma’s U.S. Open Patriot Pack.

Brett Drewitt getting into the spirit of things this week with appropriate wedge stampings at Pebble Beach.

Austin Eckroat’s Ping Redwood flat-stick has been impressing our members in our forums.

Check out all of Tuesday’s photos in our forums.

Check out all of Wednesday’s photos in our forums.

 

 

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