Sunday, April 5, 2009

The Beauty of Shot Tracker...

It's pretty amazing, really. With the help of 21st century technology, volunteers at Tour events can simply push buttons on a handheld device and the rest of the world instantly knows how each competitor in the field is playing their current hole.

The problem with this, however, is that not all volunteers at Tour events are super familiar with pushing buttons. Or handheld devices. Hence this breakdown (click to enlarge) of how Freddie Couples played the par-5 8th hole on Sunday.By all reports, Redstone Golf Club was setup like Augusta, but based on the 3rd shot Freddie supposedly hit, the grass on their fairways must have been cut even shorter than their greens...

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

What's almost as puzzling is that he was closer to the hole after taking a drop.

Andy Brown of GolfSwingSecretsRevealed.com said...

Yeah, I must confess that sometimes the shot tracker system does act quite funny and gives you a funny report like the one you have put up. Either that or Fred Couples hit on monstrous putt from the right rough. Reminds me of the joke where a player tells his caddy on a long par-4, “That would be a 3-iron and a putt.” He duffs his three-iron badly and the ball lands just a few yards ahead of him. Then his caddy says, “Now for one helluva putt!”

Having said that, one must give credit where its due and honestly the shot tracker is unbelievably useful. Most times when you are at work and you want to catch the action, it used to be irritating to wait for the hole by hole updates every 10 minutes. Now you are pretty much on the ball with their shot tracker (where you obviously believe everything is accurate) and it feels almost as good as watching it on television.

I think we can give them some time and a little more training handed out to the volunteers and you have one brilliant outcome.

If somehow they could work on it a little more and just give us an idea of the kind of terrain, that is, whether a ball in the rough is right besides a tree or something like that then it would be a perfect replacement for those unable to catch it on television.

courtgolf said...

Come ON guys - it's called a "Texas Wedge" for a reason ! Can you imagine if that "putt" had gone in ? (lol)