The week of the Ricoh Women’s British Open Championship has given The R&A a fantastic opportunity to gain access to a selection of players from the Ladies European Tour. The players have been asked to hit shots with irons and to give feedback to the R&A’s Equipment Standards staff.
“The chance to get data from some of the best female golfers in the world was too good a chance to miss,” said Dr Steve Otto, The R&A’s Director for Research and Testing. “We have used state of the art club head tracking technology in tandem with a Trackman radar to give information on their iron shots for a couple of different club set ups.”
The data collection is part of an ongoing project to extend The R&A’s knowledge concerning the swings of golfers of all levels. Otto added “This data is an extremely important addition to our database and the chance to discuss their thoughts on current issues is even more valuable to us. The data will be used to further develop our fundamental understanding of the physics of golf, which is one of the central aims of The R&A’s Equipment Standards department.”
The R&A has engaged LET players in a number of research projects involving equipment and player performance. LET member Jacqueline Hedwall summed up the reaction of many of the players taking part in this week’s research: “It was fantastic that The R&A gave us the opportunity to be tested on their equipment. I found it really interesting and the data gave me a better understanding of certain aspects of my game.”