New Technology to Showcase PGA TOUR


ORLANDO, Fla. -- Newest among the production technologies that will be incorporated by GOLF CHANNEL during its coverage of the PGA TOUR in 2008 will be the TrackMan Tour System, a Doppler radar technology that measures a golfers exact, three-dimensional club movement and ball flight, and provides the precise data on ball launch, ball flight and ball landing.
TrackMan will be used on two holes during GOLF CHANNELs live, prime-time telecast of the Mercedes-Benz Championship beginning Jan. 3.
A technology previously only available to Tour pros, TrackMan has been used only sparingly for television. GOLF CHANNEL will be the first network to incorporate the technology on American broadcasts of regular season PGA TOUR events.
The technology allows for some pretty amazing statistical information, but how that translates to television will be the important part, said Tony Tortorici, GOLF CHANNEL vice president of production and executive producer. We will be able show a 3-D representation of a players tee shot, and then fly around it during flight to show different angles of its trajectory. Different shots from different players also can be compared simultaneously, which can provide some pretty cool visuals and reveal player tendencies.
Tortorici also notes other data that can be collected by the system, including:
  • Club head speed
  • Club head angle of attack
  • Club head path
  • Ball launch speed
  • Ball launch direction (both vertical and horizontal)
  • Ball launch spin
  • Carry distance and dispersion
  • Full trajectory information
    No other system can track the ball the entire way. What this, ultimately, means for viewers is that they can be privy to information from an amazing tool that crafts the swings of the best players in the world.
    During the Mercedes-Benz Championship, GOLF CHANNEL producers also will utilize TrackMan earlier in the week in order to put its technology into context for the recreational golfer. They will capture swing information from amateurs - celebrities and other notable personalities ' who will be playing in the tournaments pro-am event, and then have some fun during the tournament telecast by comparing amateur swings to those of the pros. Even the swings of the GOLF CHANNEL broadcast team will be fair game.
    GOLF CHANNEL also will utilize TrackMan in other programming ' like Golf Central and Sprint Post Game ' and on its Web site (
    GOLF CHANNELs proprietary on-screen graphics representation that judges the line of a putt, also will return at the Mercedes-Benz Championship, as well as the PGA TOURs ShotLink technology.