Tigers golf going high tech

Pacific golf coach Chris Hill holds a computer tablet.

Perhaps 10 yards from Hill is Tigers’ senior golfer Bryon Meth, practicing on the driving range at Stockton Golf and Country Club. Meth hits a shot with a wedge, the tablet beeps and Hill looks at the screen.

Pacific senior golfer Byron Meth practices at Stockton Golf and Country Club with feedback from Trackman, a device that measures 26 variables in the golf swing using radar.

“He’s getting pretty consistent,” said Hill, who is in his first season at Pacific. “Fifty-point-eight, 109 yards. Perfect. It hung in the air exactly 5 seconds.”

The tablet is the same as any you would find on sale for a couple hundred bucks at an electronics store, but it actually is set up as part of a state-of-the art piece of equipment that uses doppler radar to measure 26 variables in the golf swing.

When Hill said 50.8, he was referring to the angle of the ball as it headed toward the ground. The device also measured the shot’s distance, 109 yards, and hang time, 5 seconds. The radar is housed in a square monitor that sits on the ground.

“I’m just watching the face angle and I’m watching the hang time and the big numbers,” Hill said. “You want to see what it takes off at because then you can tell if it’s high and spinny or if it’s coming off a little penetrating.

“That was good Byron,” Hill said after the device beeped shortly after Meth hit another shot. “That was perfect.”

Hill used the same system — called Trackman — at the University of Houston and said in his seven years of coaching, every player has improved using it.

The Tigers have Trackman thanks to a booster who helped pony up the $30,000 cost.

“We are fortunate to have this,” Hill said. “We have recruits who came here just because of this.”

Meth is preparing to compete in The Masters April 9-12 in Augusta, Ga., and the West Coast Conference Championships April 13-15 in Ventura.

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