Richie puts golfers on right track at Bonville
RICHIE Gallichan has hit the ground running since taking up the position of head teaching professional at Bonville Golf Resort.
One of his new "toys" at the club's academy is the revolutionary TrackMan technology.
TrackMan helps golfers of all ages and abilities to improve their game through a radar unit which tracks the trajectory of a golf ball from launch to landing.
Bonville is the proud home of the only TrackMan device between Newcastle and the Gold Coast and it does not come cheap at over $20,000 plus annual licence fees. But it surpasses anything else on the market for accuracy, detail and the relevant information relied upon by a majority of the best players in the world.
More than 150 PGA Tour players own or have used the TrackMan, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald.
"I'm offering a 50-minute lesson with TrackMan for $90," Richie revealed.
"Also a full set club fit session for $150 and if you then purchase a full set from Bonville, we'll refund the $150 off the price of the clubs."
The technology used in TrackMan is Doppler radar, widely used in military applications to track missiles and projectiles since the 1960s.
The radar can pick up valuable information about a club head, giving an accurate picture of the club during ball impact.
This knowledge is essential in determining how a golfer's club face or swing path needs to be adjusted to improve their game.
Richie provides golfers with video analysis showing actual club and ball flight data merged with the golfer's swing video in real time. "TrackMan is the single best tool to teach and club fit people with," Richie added.
"The combination of data such as launch gauge, spin rate, ball speed and club head speed is essential to understanding an individual's golf game.
"TrackMan provides instant feedback and I look forward to working with many individuals soon who can't wait to see what the technology can do."