At 2nd Swing, we use state-of-the-art technology in each of our fitting bays. Our Foresight GC2 launch monitors capture critical data such as ball speed, launch angle, spin rate, carry distance and many other factors. This data is carefully reviewed by our club-fitting experts to understand your unique swing dynamics. Based on the data collected from this technology, we can recommend golf equipment to help improve your game and custom fit each club to your unique swing.
- Ball Speed
- Smash Factor
- Launch Angle
- Spin Rate
Ball speed is measured just after impact and directly relates to your overall distance. Ball speed is a combination of club speed, impact position on the club, dynamic loft, attack angle and type of ball. Ball speed is observed closely when comparing different club combinations to determine which club best compliment each player’s swing.
Smash factor divides the ball speed by the club speed to give you a calculated number. It measures how much power is transferred from club to the ball. A higher measurement is ideal. Higher smash factor readings often indicate better contact with the ball in the center of the club.
Identifying the specific club configurations that maximize the smash factor is crucial to producing optimum on-course results (maximum smash factor for a driver is 1.5 and for iron is 1.4).
Launch angle measures the trajectory of the ball immediately after contact. For each player there is an ideal launch angle that optimizes distance and on-course performance.
Spin rate measures how fast the ball spins in rotations per minute (rpm’s) just after impact. Spin rate is a vital statistic for maximizing carry distance and on-course performance. For players with higher swing speeds, optimizing your spin rate is crucial for distance off the tee. To maximize distance, each player has an optimal zone for launch angle and spin rate. 2nd Swing expert club-fitters can work with you to identify your optimal zone.
Ball Spin Impacting Your Accuracy
Known as “Ball Spin Axis”, this measurement calculates the spin of the ball relative to the target line immediately after impact. For a right-handed golfer, a measurement of zero degrees means the ball is spinning exactly down the target line. A positive value means the ball is spinning to the right, a negative number to the left. This data reflects how the ball will tend to move in flight on the course. Our expert club-fitters optimize this data based upon your unique swing characteristics.
Golfers traditionally buy clubs “off the rack” without understanding this type of data. In many cases the club buyer is less than satisfied with results. A 2nd Swing club fitting enables golfers of all skill levels to find the right equipment that best complements their unique swing and maximizes their on-course performance.