Keep learning from the pros with the TrackMan golf simulator at the National Sports Center.
Ben Spartz, Victory Links Golf League Manager, discusses how the TrackMan can improve ones swing, how the simulator stacks up against local competition and explains why a pretty course in Southern California is his favorite virtual location.
How does the TrackMan compare to other golf simulators around town?
“TrackMan is the most technologically advanced launch monitor system on the market. It’s precision and accuracy reading club and ball flight data are why it’s been the industry leader for years and why most tour pros use it while they’re working on their game at home or out on a driving range. Other launch monitors out there will throw numbers up on the screen, but the level of accuracy just isn’t quite the same. If it’s not coming from a TrackMan, then I don’t know how much I would be willing to trust it.”
Which course is the most challenging to play?
“For me, the toughest course in the TrackMan’s library is also a lot of fun to play. Club de golf Chapultepec is a world-renowned course in Mexico City, Mexico, notable for hosting the annual World Golf Championship event. Because it’s 8,000 feet above sea level, golf balls travel quite a bit farther than what we’re used to here. Trying to convert normal yardage into the high-altitude yardage makes playing at Chapultepec a huge challenge and a lot of fun at the same time. Who doesn’t like seeing their ball go 30 yards farther than what they’re used to?”
What skills can a golfer improve on during the off months with the TrackMan?
“If you’re looking for a more thorough understanding of your swing, or if you want to dial in certain parts of your game, then there’s no better way to do it than to spend a few hours using the TrackMan. It’s a complete game changer to be able to see all the numbers in front of you after each shot, as opposed to just coming to your own conclusions while you’re out on the range. Having accurate club and ball flight data available to you while you’re hitting will give you a better understanding of cause and effect in the golf swing and will make you a better golfer.
There are also a number of practice modes golfers can utilize to dial in certain parts of their game. The fan favorite so far is the wedge test where the game randomly selects a yardage for you to try to hit, and it scores you out of 100 based on distance and accuracy. You get ten total shots, and then at the end, you get to see what your average score was for that test session. We’ve seen people spend hours, repeating the wedge test over and over, trying to improve their average score.”
Which course is your favorite, and why?
“Pebble Beach Golf Course, in Pebble Beach, CA. Though it’s not exactly the same as playing the course in the real world, the beautiful ocean-side scenery in the virtual golf experience is still breathtaking and gives you a great taste of what it’s like to be there at the #1 ranked golf course in the world.”
The simulator is open to the public seven days a week. Social distancing is strongly encouraged, and masks are mandatory. Only four players will be allowed on the simulators at one time and sessions must be reserved in advance.
Learn more about the simulator and book a tee time here.