The Essentials Of Launch Monitors

First and foremost, no launch monitor is going to tell you what to do. It only tells you what happens. Secondly, you have to make sure that you train patterns, not incidents. Too many times, coaches and golfers react to a single shot instead of basing an intervention on a pattern.

You should not base your intervention on a single opportunity. To know more about launch monitors, you can also visit

The last thing to do before any intervention is to define key performance indicators. Solve to the lowest common denominator, that's the only thing I want to change and focus on this part of the data.

If you're constantly using a lot of data and starting to hit, you're going to be annoyed by a large number of numbers that have nothing to do with performance.

Avoid these 2 common monitor startup errors

#1 – Always view and edit too many data points.

#2 – Try to reset the golfer.

Often people look at all the data points from the startup monitor and try to turn on most of the zeros on the board. Basically, no player on the PGA Tour has a zero on it, and that's not something to work with.

One method of measuring launch monitors is the Doppler radar, which evolved from missile tracking technology.

The unique advantage of radar is that it can usually measure the full flight of a golf ball, or if you want certain devices to have a feature called normalization, you can measure the launch state of the golf ball and estimate the full flight of it to do things like essentially eliminate wind and surrounding conditions.

The camera-based technology measures the golf ball after impact as it travels through the first 12 to 24 inches of flight, depending on the system.

The high-speed camera captures multiple images of the ball during this launch and uses the software to calculate the rate of rotation, launch trajectory, the direction of launch, and speed of movement of the ball. From there, it uses an algorithm to estimate the full flight of the ball.