Using our FlightScope Software to Increase the Productivity of your Practice
For many, the use of an indoor launch monitor is an exciting and new experience. For some of you, it may even be why you're here!
The purpose of this blog post is to ensure you're using this FlightScope software in the most beneficial ways possible. Read along to learn about range settings, as well as various data points captured by the Mevo + and how to use that feedback to boost your learning.
Generally speaking, your FlightScope software should be all set for you to start hitting golf balls when you arrive to practice. However in the off chance that an error is made and you need to navigate from the landing page, have no fear!
Here's what you'll see
The majority of times you are practicing in a bay, you'll want to press the "Full Swing" selection.
The chipping selection is extremely accurate within 50 yards but be aware of your alignment! We'll get to that in a second.
"Swing Training" focuses on a few data points and does not provide the same visual range.... we'll discuss why that's sometimes beneficial in one of your lessons!
Once you've selected one of the options, you'll be taken to a quick settings page. Here you can select "Target Alignment" to precisely view where the camera is aligned and then "Start New Session"
Now you're ready to start warming up!
Here's the screen you'll want to be most familiar with, the practice range!
To better familiarize you with available settings, modes and other information about this software, we'll break down each major selection on this screen below.
The only selection on this area you'll use consistently is the categorizing of what club you're using. Simply press the "Pitching Wedge" button to select the next club you decide to practice with. This will help you understand your tendencies and average yardages with each club to use for your strength and weakness profile!
Before hitting balls, the emblem on the top right should always read "ready". If there's a problem with your unit, it may read "connected" or "no device". If this is the case please track down one of our team members for help!
Occasionally the FlightScope may fall asleep to conserve battery power. If you see the emblem to the right in lieu of the "ready" message, simply press it and the unit will be woken back up.
Most of these selections are pretty self explanatory. DTL, or down the line, involves watching your ball flight from a vantage point that's behind you, facing your target. Side and top are just as easily explained.
Using these perspective views to your benefit can really help you understand your game on a proper level.
By selecting "top" followed by "all shots" you can see the grouping of golf shots that you create with each club, granted you're changing that as you go.
Using five minutes at the end of your practice session to go through this quick process with each club you hit can give you vital information into your average distances, consistencies, strengths and weaknesses with each club as well as provide your instructor with incredibly helpful information each time you see them.
Noteworthy Data Points for All Students
Now that you're familiar with the software, we can start diving into the good stuff....data!
The FlightScope Mevo + that you'll be using comes equipped with the ability to track 16 different data points with most swings. While this can be overwhelming, you probably won't ever need to concern yourself with more than 5-6 of them to really use this software as a proper tool.
Carry distance denotes how far the ball flew in the air before making contact with the ground
Total distance is the carry distance plus any roll after contact with the ground
*The FlightScope range plays pretty soft so don't expect much roll out!
While it is worth noting that club speed is measured at the point of impact and ball speed is the speed of the golf ball leaving the face, these are somewhat easily understood.
Speed is not always a goal, however it can be a great piece of feedback when learning and practicing!
Dividing the ball speed by the clubhead speed will give you one of the most important and consistent pieces of feedback you'll use through your entire golf career....
Smash Factor is the biggest key to effeciency and consistency in golf. For most students, if there's only one piece of data you pay attention to, is should be this! Simply speaking, smash factor tracks the centeredness of contact, or how well you hit the "sweet spot".
Others to be familiar with
Above are the other data points you will want to be familiar with as they become applicable to your personal growth.
Unless you have certain goals within these parameters, they're secondary to those listed prior. Often times within a lesson we will reference goals such as adding height by staying behind the ball at impact or lowering vertical launch by bowing your lead wrist... that means those are data points you'll want to keep your eye on during your next practice session!
Feel free to ask about these or other data points that you'd like more information on during your next lesson.
Thanks for reading and enjoy your purposeful practice session!