By Morgan Rhorer – Korn Ferry Tour / Gulf States Representative
Working on the Korn Ferry Tour, the question I get the most is, “How are the other guys using TrackMan?” One of the things I love about working on tour is everyone uses our product differently. However, two ways stand out to me.
Earlier this year, I worked with Joseph Bramlett at the Chitimacha Open in Lafayette, LA. Joseph has an interesting way of getting his wedge carry numbers every week. He has a, “1 to 1”, a “2 to 2” and a “full” shot with each club in his bag up to 9 iron(60, 56, 42, 46 and 9 iron). With his coach, he knows exactly what his club speed should be for each one of these shots. His “1 to 1” shot with his 60 produces around 66 MPH club speed, and we try and find that every week.
As the season progressed and we traveled to all of these different events, it was very interesting to see how much his carry distance changed from week to week. Many of these were external factors, such as temperature, humidity, and altitude. However, even great players like Joseph changes the way they deliver the club throughout an entire year. The shot with the longest carry, as seen below, was 90 yards, this was in Berthoud, CO. You can see how much this differs from the 74 yards carry from earlier in the season in Nashville.
This highlights why you see the top players in the world using their TrackMan before nearly every event. This can be seen throughout the bag, and one of the reasons why full flight tracking is important.
Another great use I see on the Korn Ferry Tour is product testing. I have included a screengrab of a shaft testing on the Tour as well. Players are always trying to find that one advantage getting them inside the coveted top 25, and a spot on the PGA TOUR for next year. Utilizing the TrackMan tag feature, they can determine what is best for them. One great thing to look at when testing is the dispersion of different components. You can get rid of any biases you might have and go off what the data is suggesting. This doesn’t only have to be with clubs; many players use this with swing thoughts or feelings as well to see what numbers are affected.
There are many different ways to utilize TrackMan, but these are a few of the more interesting ways I have encountered TrackMan being used on Tour during the year.