Trackman Versus Gears Golf

We recently added a GEARS golf system to our studio which has created a lot of discussion about the difference between TRACKMAN and GEARS. Rather than detail the minutiae of each offerings technology, we thought it would be best to compare these two systems from a practical stand point…. How each system can help YOU become a better golfer.


WHAT TRACKMAN DOES-
Trackman uses radar technology to track your golf ball in-flight from the moment it leaves your clubface until the moment it stops rolling. It takes this data and then ESTIMATES what your club and club face did during the swing using a very complex algorithm. Although these estimates are fairly accurate, the only thing Trackman actually measures is your ball flight, everything else is a “guess.” We would like to add that the measurements are only valid if you are using the Trackman outside. In an indoor environment, Trackman would also be estimating the ball flight since it cannot measure something that did not finish.


Trackman Data Screen
TRACKMAN DATA SCREEN


WHAT GEARS GOLF DOES-

GEARS is an optical (camera-based) tracking system, powered by 8 ultra-HD (1.7 megapixel) cameras running at 360 frames per second. These cameras capture over 600 images per swing using 32 optical sensors placed at key spots around the body and golf club. The GEARS software then takes this data and creates a true 3D model of your golf swing INCLUDING YOUR BODY MOTIONS. The output information is hard data providing true measurements (NOT estimates). Built on the same technology used by biomechanists, video game designers and filmmakers, GEARS is the most advanced motion capture solution available developed specifically for golf.



GEARS GOLF INTERACTIVE DATA SCREEN


COMPARISON OF FEATURES:
Below is a comprehensive list detailing the features of each system. For your convenience we have highlighted the differences


WHAT GEARS GOLF MEASURES

WHAT TRACKMAN (INDOOR) MEASURES

Swing plane- MEASURED

Swing Plane- ESTIMATE

Club path- MEASURED

Club Path- ESTIMATE

Club speed- MEASURED

Club Speed- ESTIMATE

Attack angle- MEASURED

Attack Angle- ESTIMATE

Face to path- MEASURED

Face To Path- ESTIMATE

Swing direction- MEASURED

Swing Direction- ESTIMATE

Dynamic loft- MEASURED

Dynamic Loft- ESTIMATE

Face angle- MEASURED

Face Angle- ESTIMATE

Smash factor- ESTIMATE

Smash Factor- ESTIMATE

Launch angle- ESTIMATE

Launch Angle- MEASURED

Carry distance- ESTIMATE

Carry distance- ESTIMATE

Ball speed- ESTIMATE

Ball Speed- MEASURED

Launch direction- ESTIMATE

Launch Direction- MEASURED

Spin rate- ESTIMATE

Spin Rate- MEASURED

Spin axis- ESTIMATE

Spin Axis- MEASURED

Height- ESTIMATE

Height- ESTIMATE

Total distance- ESTIMATE

Total distance- ESTIMATE

Impact location- MEASURED

Side- ESTIMATE

Static loft- MEASURED

Side Total- ESTIMATE

Lie- MEASURED

Landing Angle- ESTIMATE

Shaft deflection- MEASURED

Hang Time- ESTIMATE

Shaft droop- MEASURED

Spin Loft- MEASURED

Ball MEASURED

 

Face heading- MEASURED

 

Body lines- MEASURED

 

Joint angles- MEASURED

 

Kinematic sequence- MEASURED

 

Wrist cock- MEASURED

 

Shoulder angle- MEASURED

 

Knee angle- MEASURED

 

Toe angle- MEASURED

 

Spine angle- MEASURED

 

Hip angular velocity- MEASURED

 

Torso angular velocity- MEASURED

 

Leading arm angular velocity- MEASURED

 

Club angular velocity- MEASURED

 

Grip speed- MEASURED

 

 

 



HOW WILL THIS MAKE ME A BETTER GOLFER?

The quick answer is it won’t. Only lessons at Golf Science and practice will make you better! However, having the proper tools available will greatly assist your instructor in showing you what you are currently doing and how to improve upon that.


Trackman is an amazing device and has revolutionized golf. If you want to know exactly how far, how high and with how much spin you hit your 7-iron, nothing will give you more accurate data. But all of the other data it provides is estimated and basically an educated guess.


GEARS golf takes true measurements on everything your body and club are doing in the golf swing and then creates a 3D model for you and your instructors review. Having this information is invaluable in evaluating your swing because it shows what the golf ball did, why it did that AND, most importantly, what your body did to cause the shot. How can you cure your slice without knowing what your body and arms did to cause that slice?


You and your Golf Science instructor can review your swing to see what you are doing wrong and correct it quickly. Additionally, we have the ability to compare your full swing to other 3D models including your swings from the past or even a tour professional such as Rickie Fowler or Ian Poulter.


Gears Screen Shot Swing ComparisonFULLY RENDERED 3D SWING COMPARISONS


Golf Science is committed to bringing you the finest technology available to help improve your golf game. The data that GEARS golf provides is unparalleled and we are excited to offer it to our valued clients.

For more information on GEARS golf including video, please click here

To book your GEARS golf lesson, please contact us at (215) 279-7835