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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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Gear Dive Special Edition: A talk with Ho Sung Choi (plus WITB)

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As only he can, Johnny Wunder was able to snag 15 minutes with the purveyor of the “fisherman’s swing,” the viral phenomenon that is Ho Sung Choi.

Wunder caught up with the South Korean pro as he prepares for his sponsor’s exemption start at this week’s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Enjoy a transcript of their chat (facilitated by Choi’s interpreter, Paul Whang) below.

JW: What is his reaction to the amount of positive attention he’s getting come from the United States?

He’s thankful to the level where he can’t explain it in words. He’s very overwhelmed with the amount of fans that he has and the attention that he’s gotten lately. And because of the fans that he has, they bring him a lot more energy when he plays golf.

JW: What is he most excited about this week? 

Right now he’s just very excited to be here and playing in this tournament. He knows that there are a lot of people watching him, and he just wants to…play great and have fun…

JW: He has a very unique way of playing…is that just his natural way of playing? 

He didn’t start playing it this way…it took a while to have his game to evolve, and after a while he found a playing style that worked for him, that fit him, that’s just his natural…way of playing…He wants everyone to know that the way he plays golf, that’s how he plays naturally.

JW: What tournament is he most excited to play in? 

He can’t really give an answer, because how he sees it, he’s just very grateful to even have an opportunity to play anywhere, and because he’s a professional golfer, no matter what tournament he goes out to play, whichever tournament…he’s going to give it 100 percent…and that’s the kind of person he is.

JW: Has he been to the United States before?

This is actually his first time here…and he’s been here for 11 days now.

JW: Where did he get his golf bag? 

He actually doesn’t have a main sponsor…it wasn’t until he got to LA, it was through a favor that someone made that bag for him.

JW: Was it Burt Lamar that made the bag? [Iliac Golf]

Yes, that’s correct.

JW: What clubs does he have in the bag?

The driver is TaylorMade. Fairway wood and hybrid is Callaway. The irons are TaylorMade. Wedges by Titleist. Putter is Odyssey.

With information from Andrew Tursky at PGATour.com, Choi’s WITB is as follows.

Driver: TaylorMade M4 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: UST  Mamiya V2 6FS Tour prototype

3-wood: Callaway Epic Flash (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Evolution V x-flex

5-wood: Callaway Epic Flash (18 degrees)

Hybrids: Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 (20, 23 degrees)
Shafts: Fujikura MCH 90X

Irons: TaylorMade’s 2016 Japan Gloire Forged (5-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro prototype

Wedges: Vokey 2018 Prototype (50, 58 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Putter: Odyssey O-Works Red Jailbird Mini

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

You can listen to the full Gear Dive interview below.

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Spotted: Tony Romo with Jordan Spieth’s old wedge, Tiger Woods’ old putter at Pebble Beach

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Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback, current CBS analyst and legitimate amateur golfing talent, Tony Romo, will be teeing it up at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am this week, as he often does.

And while it’s always interesting to see what sticks the ams arrive at the famed California course with, in Romo’s case, it’s particularly noteworthy. Indeed, it’s not so much about what’s in in his bag, but rather whose clubs are in his bags.

No. 9 is gaming hand-me-downs from two of his buddies: Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth.

Tiger Woods’ Nike Method 001

 

Jordan Spieth’s 60-degree Vokey SM7

This officially confirms our suspicions that it is advantageous to be a celebrity golfer with professional golfer buddies.

 

 

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Tour Rundown: Fowler in Phoenix, DJ surges in Saudi Arabia

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With the big NFL game on tap, professional golf was hard-pressed to offer anything dramatic enough to capture the viewing public’s attention. Well, they did so, in spades. Haotong Li and Dustin Johnson did battle in Saudi Arabia, while Rickie Fowler matched wits with rain, the rule book, bad decisions, and Branden Grace in Scottsdale. Oh, and the Web.Com tour let it fly high in the Andes.

For a quick rundown of all things tour, read on, friends!

PGA Tour: Phoenix Open goes to Orange Crush

Rickie Fowler continues to find interesting ways to get himself in contention at the Phoenix Open. In 2019, Fowler shot the low daily round on Thursday and Saturday, and was one stroke removed from that honor on Friday. That magnificence afforded him a four-stroke cushion over Matt Kuchar after 54 holes. The question on everyone’s minds was, could BDR (the acronym for his special, 16th-hole nickname, bestowed by special fans) finally lockdown a win, on a course he owns, against a strong field? If the header for this section wasn’t enough of a spoiler, well…

Blame it on the weather. Blame it on the rules. Blame it on … oh, wait, Rickie won! After two runner-up finishes in Scottsdale, the mod Californian avoided an unthinkable collapse with birdies on two of his final four holes. Despite the double bogey at the 5th, in spite of the inexplicable triple bogey at the 11th, and the bogey at 12, Fowler dug deep and benefited from a Branden Grace collapse. What’s that? Well, as Fowler foundered, Grace stood three under on the day an 16-under for the tournament. Unable to take advantage of the two closing birdie holes (15 and 17), Grace finished solo second at 15 under. Fowler’s 17-under total allowed him to finally taste victory in the desert. Will it lead to his first, career major title? This writer says aye.

European Tour: Inaugural Saudi International to world’s number-three player, Dustin Johnson

There was a story a minute this week in the middle east. From Sergio Garcia’s disqualification, to Li Haotong’s four-eagle performance in round three, pundits found plenty of material to fill columns and posts. Although Garcia’s week ended early, Li hung around until the 72nd hole. He began the day tied with Dustin Johnson for the lead, but was unable to separate by more than one stroke as the pair approached the turn. A bogey-birdie exchange sent the lead to Johnson, and he ran with it. The 2016 US Open champion offset two back-nine bogeys with a quartet of birdies.

Li, meanwhile, bogeyed three of his first five holes on the inward half, and could only narrow the gap to two strokes by day’s end. Haotong finds himself in the enviable/unenviable position of being able to win against lesser competition, but unable to stand tall against the world’s best. If he hopes to challenge at major events, he’ll need to overcome that mental block. England’s Tom Lewis began the day with the hottest of hand, making birdie on his opening five holes. He cooled off to even-par the rest of the way, finishing third alone at 16 under, one behind Li and three behind the champion.

Web.Com Tour: CCB Championship and Mark Anderson survive Saturday lightning delay

The Country Club de Bogota championship ran straight into a round-ending lightning delay on Saturday, necessitating 27 holes for the leaders on Sunday. The organizers and the competitors were up to the task, and the event reached 72 holes on schedule. Not struck by lightning, but the owner of lightning in a bottle, was Maryland’s Mark Anderson. The South Carolina alum opened the week with an eight-birdie 62 and kept the pedal floored.

A Friday 71 was the week’s only hiccough, but the 32-year old closed with 3 birdies over the final four holes to preserve the top spot. Came the weekend, and Anderson went to work. Scores of 66-67 were exceeded by only Drew Weaver (by one stroke.) Weaver ultimately took the second spot on the podium, but the tournament belonged to Anderson. His 17-under effort on the week gave him a four-shot cushion. The win moved Anderson into second place on The 25, the season-long chase for PGA Tour cards.

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