The ordinary golfer doesn’t have £20,000 to splash out on a Trackman; what can we do?
This is true, but there is technology out there anyone can use that do a similar job, especially the Arccos shottracking system used by Cobra in its Connect technology.
The system uses a sensor in the butt of the club to send data to your phone. Its Smart Distance function gives you an average distance for each shot, with the accompanying Smart Range feature showing you the spread of that distance.
The great thing about this system is that unlike pretty much every other technology it works on the course, giving you a true picture of how you perform when it counts.
Track your wedge shots over eight-12 rounds and you will get an average distance for each wedge. Having got those distances, you can go to the range and use a rangefinder to practise hitting them. You can then work on tightening the dispersion figures thrown up by Smart Range.
After all, pitching performance is not about hitting it further, it’s about hitting a specific distance. As Sam Snead once said, “If you want to know how good you are, go to an empty field with your 9-iron, perch up a single ball, and program yourself to hit the ball exactly 125 yards. Hit the shot, then pace off the yardage. If you came within five yards, you’re a player.”