So How Does That Golf Ball Tracer Thingie Work Anyway?

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The British Open has been on here since 6am and I am mesmerized by the technology that tracks the golf ball from the tee to where it lands. Is there something in the golf ball? No, here’s the deal from the creator of the system, ProTracer. 

Protracer uses a custom built CMOS sensor that has the ability to detect the ball for the full duration of its flight using our proprietary software. Graphics are then added to make the shot trajectory visible on TV. The power of Protracer lies in the fact that TV producer’s can use it live, meaning you will experience the shot exactly as the player does. The viewer can follow the ball shaping toward its final destination, in the middle of the fairway, next to the pin or, occasionally, in the neighboring state.Protracer uses a custom built CMOS sensor that has the ability to detect the ball for the full duration of its flight using our proprietary software. Graphics are then added to make the shot trajectory visible on TV. The power of Protracer lies in the fact that TV producer’s can use it live, meaning you will experience the shot exactly as the player does. The viewer can follow the ball shaping toward its final destination, in the middle of the fairway, next to the pin or, occasionally, in the neighboring state.

The video is even better in understanding how it works, although this video is more how it works at a driving range, not live now at The Open. I’m rooting for Phil!

Verizon has come and gone, giving me an all new power back up, replacing what the guy called old technology. Now my landline is good for the one person who calls me on it – my mother!

I’m polishing silver in-between and running out soon to buy more Heelers dog stew for the freezer. Nothing else earth-shattering to report.

4 thoughts on “So How Does That Golf Ball Tracer Thingie Work Anyway?

  1. I had to be out all day but was able to check the leaderboard before I left. I grew up watching golf on tv and even had a fair amount of excellent instruction. It didn’t take but I have a nifty set of Lady Cobra’s.
    The trajectory stuff is indeed amazing but I’ve always been fascinated by just how good those camera lenses are to show every blade of grass on the green.

  2. I wonder if the tech could be used for archery as well. Arrows travel around 250~300 feet per second. Probably couldn’t work for gun ranges as bullets are probably too fast at between 900 and 1250 fps.

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