Using TrackMan Effectively

Steve Elkington and son Sam demonstrate how they use the TrackMan to help their games.


We picked out four crucial spots for you to look at today. We've got face angle, attack angle, club path, and the clubs speed. All the tour players do this, and there's been an average of what the angle of attack is into the ball.


Tour average on an 8 iron, right now, clubhead speed is average, on tour, is 87 MPH. Angle of attack is minus 4.5, which is down on the 4.5, down, just for the average person. Spin rate, 7,900.

OK, Hercules, come over here. Let me see what we got. I've written up the series of 8 irons you just hit right here. This is tour average 8 iron. The average clubhead speed of a tour player for an 8 iron is 87 miles an hour. OK?

Got it.

The angle of attack is four degrees down on it. You know, a lot of people think it's a lot more, but it's actually, that's pretty shallow, four degrees. If you think of a credit card, like three or four of them, that's only about four degrees. Pretty shallow. So that's the average. The spin rate, 7,900, which is a number that's relevant, it's not that important number for now. And they average 160, which just sounds about right.

Sam, clubhead speed. 100 miles an hour. Angle of attack is a little bit more than tour average, so you're going really fast and really down, not really down, which is putting a lot of spin on it. 9,300, as opposed to 7,900, and your averaging 163.

Why don't we do this? This is how I want to teach you how to use TrackMan to be usable. Let's see if we can get-- you've got so much in the tank. Let's slow the swing down a little bit and maybe swing it a little shallower. We've got to knock some spin off of it, so that would tell me we want to get the hands a little bit further forward but shallower, so we're going to be wider at the bottom. So let's see what we can do.

So Sam, just so you know, you went on 96 mile an hour on that one, roughly. Your angle of attack was down 4 degrees. You spin, you knocked a little spin off your deal, and that was your longest carry. You were five miles an hour slower and you carried 166 yards, which is your longest ball so far.

Someone said, well, how could you swing slower to hit it further? Because there's other factors. The angle of attack is better.

And this is what I call learning effectively with TrackMan. He just learned that if he could adjust his angle a bit more shallower-- we can't see that when we're together, practice at the champion with Jackie Burke.


But it's really nice piece of information to know, if we were slightly more shallow and a slightly more ahead with the hands, we pick up. That's good, that's good info.

It's good.

You agree with that?


OK, let's juice up a few far lines.

You want to try to get it so shallow, coming in, Sam, with the hands further forward. So you're going to try to get them further forward and shallow so you can get it lower, with less spin on it. That was nice. Oh, that was sweet there. That's the lowest one, 105 mile an hour clubhead speed. Three down, 60 spin. Yeah, you flew that one there seven yards further than your longest ball. 206 yards with you 5 iron.

So you hit tour average right here, you hit spin rate, right on that with that speed, I mean it couldn't be better. And that's what you learn from your 8 iron, shallower and lower, you just put it into your 5 iron, and already you've jumped straight into tour averages.

So what you're saying is keep doing that?

Keep doing that. Don't quit doing that. Keep doing that. Shallow with hands further forward.

You put the jets on. 106, down [INAUDIBLE], it's pretty good. That's unreal.