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Why We Use Trackman

1. To measure and record your initial performance

If coaches are in the business of delivering results we first have to benchmark where you start. During the consultation period of your time with us we want to ascertain exactly how you are performing in your game. The first level of this comes from on course performance through statistical analysis and qualitative reflection, but once the specific areas of your game to be strengthened are identified we need to benchmark. Trackman allows us to do this objectively, either through targeted but randomised assessment within the test centre, or through a more systematic shot analysis of individual performance with specific clubs.

2. To measure quantitatively what is happening in your golf swing

A high speed camera and coaches instinct built over years of experience can take a coach a long way, and allied with a strong knowledge of impact science and technique within the golf swing can allow a fairly robust measurement of the performance of a golf swing. However, Trackman simply allows for a much greater level of investigation. It delivers information at a level of accuracy which the human eye simply cannot see, and allow it to be continually recorded for immediate or future analysis. The result from a better informed coach will be better informed decisions, and decision making is at the heart of an effective coaching process.

3. To act as a feedback tool for you during the process of skill acquisition or modification

Once a coaching decision has been made, the process of acquiring or modifying skill starts. This is a complicated and difficult process, but it is made much slower, or even stopped completely, if the player going through the process receives insufficient or inaccurate feedback.

Trackman can play a role in this, whether it be through the coach feeding back immediate results, or by the player attempting to achieve specific and predetermined performance criteria in real time. Whatever mechanisms are used the quality of the data retrieved is high, both in its immediacy and accuracy. For the player this can only accelerate the rate of improvement.

4. To act as a performance training tool to test the efficacy of your skill improvements

Achieving a skill acquisition or modification in a practise environment is only part of the story, for the work done to have long term value it has to stand up under the pressure of competitive and real play. Replicating the characteristics of true competition is notoriously difficult in any sporting domain, so any medium which can aid the transition between practise and competition is valuable. Trackman does this by creating measurable and challenging assessments, albeit with some fixed parameters. It may never truly facilitate the emotional reaction born from the highest level sporting challenge, but with careful and selective framing by the coach, and with buy in from the player, it can be a very persuasive training tool.

5. To facilitate a practise environment which has the optimum level of engagement and challenge for you

For any performer to achieve their potential requires a training environment which provides a level of challenge which creates the optimum balance with their skill level. If the challenge is too high the player will experience at best apathy, at worst it will be anxiety. If the challenge is too low for their skill the player will become too comfortable, and potentially even bored. For the most effective learning to take place the player needs to be stirred by the challenge, to feel excited, engaged and fully immersed. Trackman has the potential to facilitate this like no other training tool, through its unlimited range of bespoke and personalised training games.