Since the introduction of launch monitors golf instruction will never be the same. Launch monitors are changing the way we teach the game and also rapidly improving someone’s journey to becoming more consistent golfers.  A launch monitor is a doppler radar ball tracking device, these systems can track the ball in flight and provide the teacher and student with specific ball and club parameters.  The information these devices provide us with is essential to improving a students swing and game. Some of the most important factors a launch monitor can track is, swing speed, ball speed, yardage, spin rate, launch angle , angle of attack , swing path, club face and also smash factor.

When a student is getting fit for golf clubs its imperative that they get on a launch monitor. As an instructor I am  limited with what I can see with the naked eye, so having the ability to use a launch monitor there is no guessing. When fitting a student into clubs one of the most important factors to pay attention to is angle of attack and swing speed. These parameters can determine how much spin is applied on a golf ball and help the instructor select a shaft that best fits the student.

For example, If a student is getting fit for a driver and has a swing speed of 90 mph and his angle of attack is four degrees down,this golfer will be applying to much backspin on the ball and will be at a lost of distance.  Without having a device that can track these readings the instructor is really just guessing what might be best for you not only with clubs but also you’re swing.

To wrap up this article, launch monitors are an integral part of the game to fit golfers into the correct equipment, but to also help you with your swing. So don’t waste anymore time and get with you’re local PGA Professional.

Rico Riciputi, PGA

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