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There’s lots of talk about TrackMan club head speed readings, especially on the PGA Tour with Tiger Woods at the moment.

What happens with a club head at impact and how TrackMan is recording the movement of that club head is all physics. In this video, I explain a little bit about how TrackMan gathers information and the physics behind measuring objects moving in 3D space.

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Ryan Barath is a club fitter and master club builder who has more than 15 years experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour professionals. He studied business and marketing at the Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf located in Toronto. He now works independently from his home shop in Hamilton and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers, including True Temper. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, from course architecture to physics, and share his passion for club building, and wedge grinding.

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  1. Pedro

    Mar 16, 2018 at 9:55 am

    Nice video. So do we expect ball speed readings are more accurate? And why does clubhead speed even matter? Isn’t it all about ball launch characteristics? Also, what factor does clubface rotation play in the transfer of energy to the ball? Isn’t the clubface speed at impact increased by rotation? I get that your point is the variation in clubhead speed measurements and that is well taken.

  2. Clay

    Mar 15, 2018 at 10:07 am

    Would a machine like the foresight be more accurate then due to its position?

  3. Ignat

    Mar 14, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    Trackman doesn’t match up to my high standards for launch monitor data and I reject it because it’s just not good enough for me. End of story.

  4. Dave

    Mar 14, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    This explanation shows why you can get smash factors in excess of 1.50 but not quite what is happening when it reads the head fast, it has to do more with the mass of the head and how many different major mass parts there are in the head and why it mis-reads club head data from time to time.

  5. Allan

    Mar 14, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    How did you find this out?

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