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What data points can a golf simulator measure?

In the constantly evolving world of golf, technology has become a key pillar in game improvement. Particularly, it’s the knowledge that data coming out of launch monitors installed in golf simulators that have become the latest revolution in golf, offering players and coaches unrivalled insights into the complexities of ball flight and club path. These incredible pieces of technology go beyond mere swing analysis, capturing critical data points that shape the trajectory of a golf ball.

By taking a look into the data that launch monitors can capture, we can begin to unravel the mystery behind how ball flight is shaped, and the elements that make up every golfer’s game. From spin rates and launch angles to club path and attack angles, understanding these data points paves the way for optimising performance, refining technique, and ultimately achieving a more consistent golfing experience.

golf simulator data points

Below is a summary of just some of the more common data points, and their meanings, that launch monitors can capture. A note that Uneekor launch monitors can capture this due to their 3,200 frames per second high speed and infrared cameras. When comparing to traditional radar based launch monitors which typically estimate this data, Uneekor launch monitors give you absolute certainty over what your swing is doing to the ball.

Club path data

Ball Flight Data

Clubhead Speed

Velocity of the club at impact

Measured in kilometres or miles per hourSmash Factor

Club Speed divided by Ball Speed

1.5 is regarded as optimal for your drive, less as you club down

This measures the efficiency of the strike

Impact Location

Location of the club face that the ball was struck

Club Face Angle

Angle the club face is pointing at impact relative to target

Indicates where the ball would start

Club Path

Swing path of the club immediately before and after impact

Typically referred to as inside out (I-O), or outside in (O-I)

Dynamic Loft

Delivered loft of the clubface at impact

This is often less than the loft of the club

Angle of Attack

Upward or downward path of the club at impact

Often downward with irons

Sometimes upward with longer clubs

Ball Speed

Velocity of the golf ball just after impact

Commonly measured in KPH

PGA Tour driver average: 270kph

Launch Angle

Angle of ascent of the ball from the ground

Back Spin Rate

Rate at which the ball is spinning backwards

Measured in RPMs

Side Spin Rate

Rate at which the ball is spinning horizontally

Measured in RPMs

Carry Distance

Distance traveled in the air

VERY important to know this with each of your clubs

Apex Height

Maximum height the ball reaches during flight

Spin Axis

Axis of the balls rotation

Combines back spin and side spin

Flight Time

Amount of time elapsed during ballflight

Sometimes referred to as hangtime

Different launch monitors will be able to offer you different sets of data, and this is just a small sample of the most common data points that launch monitors are able to measure.

Typically the higher priced monitors will offer a larger suite of data, so it's important to know what you want to capture before making a purchase decision. Speak to us today so we can recommend the best technology for your ultimate home golf simulator setup.

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