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By Paul Myers

You likely have heard of Trackman Golf. This piece of advanced equipment is great for measuring a variety of variables within the swing including club head speed, launch angle, spin rate, and more. While the information that Trackman can offer is highly valuable, it can seem like a foreign language to those who aren’t familiar with all of the different terms that get thrown around.

If you would like to learn more about the terms related to Trackman Golf, you are in the right place. Below you will find several of the most-common Trackman terms, and a quick description of what they mean.

Club Head Speed (CHS)

The club head speed is the speed that the club head is traveling at when it comes through the impact zone. This is one of the single most important elements of distance, and greater club head speed almost always correlates to more distance. For every 1 mph of club head speed you have with the driver, you get approximately 2.5 yards more distance. Get started on some swing speed training programs like what we have here at Swing Man Golf…and get yourself more club head speed!

Attack Angle

Attack angle is a measurement of the angle at which the club head approaches the ball at impact. Assuming we are looking at a driver swing, a positive attack angle of a few degrees is usually desirable to maximize distance. A negative attack angle means the club is moving downward into the ball – good for iron shots, but less-desirable for the driver from a distance standpoint.

Ball Speed

This one is simple – the speed at which the ball is traveling when it leaves the club face. While it might seem like a faster ball speed would always equal more distance, that isn’t necessarily the case. There are a number of variables in the distance equation, so you can’t always assume that a faster ball speed will mean a longer drive. However, it is good to move the ball off the tee as fast as possible, assuming your other launch condition measurements are in line as well.

Launch Angle

The angle up from the ground that the ball launches at is known as the launch angle. Trackman Golf is able to measure this angle as one of the key components to distance off the tee. Launch angles that are too high will create shots that float up too much into the air and come down steeply into the fairway – reducing carry and limiting roll. Lower launch angles can create line drive shots off the tee which might run quite a bit in the fairway, but won’t be ideal in terms of maximizing carry.

Spin Rate

How much spin is on the ball when it leaves the club face is another important element to overall distance. Trackman Golf will record spin rate for all of your swings so you can see how different clubs perform and which combination of shaft and club head may be best for your swing. Too much spin and/or too little spin are not good for tee shots, approach shots, and short game shots around the green.  Launch angle and spin rate are often tied closely to one another.


Simply, the carry distance of the ball on a given swing. When it comes to this number, it’s generally good to have as high a carry distance as you can achieve off the tee on the golf course. You can also carry more of the trouble like bunkers and hazards as well as not roll through doglegs.

One exception to that rule would be for golfers who frequently play in windy conditions and would rather have a flatter ball flight that can penetrate the wind, or perhaps if you play a course with hard fairways, or someone desiring to maximize their drives for total distance and not just carry.

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By Paul Myers

The Trackman golf simulator is a powerful golf swing analysis tool that you may have used, or at least seen, during your golf experience. It measures a wide-variety of elements within a golf swing, and provides data which is useful to both golf teachers and club fitters alike. If you have never worked with Trackman before, it would be worth your time to find a local golf shop or golf course that has this technology, and try it out for yourself.

For everything that Trackman does, it is still up to you to properly use the information that it provides. Whether you use that information to purchase new equipment that it is a better fit for your swing, or just to fix your swing, you need to make an effort to properly implement the data that you have been provided.

The Trackman golf simulator offers far more than the three measurements below, but these are three of the that are useful when trying to improve your game. By looking at these three numbers, you can learn a lot about your golf swing and what can be done to improve it.

Club Head Speed

The club head speed measurement is pretty self-explanatory, and this is one number that possibly all golfers would love to increase. Of course, the higher club head speed you are able to achieve, the more distance you should be able to find on your shots – all else being equal. While you don’t want to destroy your swing simply in search of a few extra yards, it is worth your time to pursue added club head speed whether through swing speed training.

In order to get the most out of the Trackman golf simulator, try having your swing measured right now, and then measure again once a week, in a month, or after you do some work on your game. In fact, checking the performance of your swing regularly is a good way to chart progress and make sure your practice efforts are being rewarded. As long as you see steady, if small, improvement in your swing speed, you will know that something you are doing is working.

Launch Angle

The angle at which the ball leaves the club is known as the launch angle, and it has a lot to say about how far your shots will travel. While every shot has a launch angle, most often this is talked about in reference to the driver. When you are able to launch the ball at an optimum angle, with optimal spin, you can achieve your best distances. The right launch angle varies somewhat from golfer to golfer depending on their club head speed, which is why it helps to work with a trained professional when interpreting your own Trackman data. If your launch angle is not in a good range, changes to the driver head or shaft that you are using might be in order.

Spin Rate

The amount of spin on the golf ball also plays a significant role in how far your drives will fly. Too much spin and the ball will float up too high into the air and not carry as far down the fairway. Conversely, too little spin won’t allow the ball to stay in the air, and you might find that your shots come back to earth sooner than you would like. Not to mention too much spin can kill some of the roll once the ball hits the ground.

Optimizing spin rate is one of the most important things you can do with your Trackman data, either by making slight changes to your technique, or using different equipment that is a better fit for your swing. Once you are able to dial in an ideal spin rate, along with a good launch angle, you should be looking at drives that fly further than ever before.

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