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Titleist has developed a golf ball with embedded radar technology that helps launch monitors produce the most precise data possible.
The groundbreaking RCT (radar capture technology) golf balls are the result of Titleist Golf Ball Research & Development engineers working vigorously over the past three years. They have found a way to put an internal reflective radar marker inside the balls that delivers an optimized signal capture.
That is a fancy way of saying that the launch monitor data becomes more accurate because the golf ball is working in tune with the launch monitor.
Measuring launch, speed and spin at impact improves the output of data generated by launch monitor devices – including the data related to calculated distance (carry, roll, total) and trajectory (peak height, angle of descent).
That enables better fitting opportunities for both club and golf ball. Players of all calibers can see the exact launch characteristics of the golf ball they play with on a routine basis – that can inform decision-making when it comes to what equipment to play with or what swing adjustments to implement.
The Titleist RCT balls have been validated with the TrackMan 4, Garmin Approach R10, Full Swing KIT, FlightScope X3 and FlightScope Mevo+.
“The RCT golf balls include the same design, materials, quality manufacturing, and most importantly the identical performance as every non-RCT model, with enhanced indoor radar signal capture,” said Jeremy Stone, vice president of Titleist golf ball marketing.
The technology was on full display Wednesday at the Tour Championship as many of the top players in the world were using Pro V1 or Pro V1x RCT balls during their range sessions.
There was an ESPN+ broadcast (“On the Range at the Tour Championship”) that captured the players using the RCT balls alongside TrackMan launch monitors. That allowed the broadcast to present a complete and accurate analysis of any shot hit with a Pro V1 or Pro V1x on the East Lake driving range with far more detail than ever before.
“Spin is the magical number for truly understanding the flight and movement of the golf ball,” said Fredrik Tuxen, TrackMan’s co-founder and chief technology officer. “Speed and power is getting a lot of attention, but managing and controlling spin rates is what really sets players apart. It is the key number for players to control their carry distance, curvature and how the ball reacts when landing. Titleist is an innovative leader and shares our passion for providing golfers with the most precise data possible. They’ve helped take our TrackMan range product to the next level with the prototype radar capture technology.”
Among last week’s Tour Championship participants teeing up a Titleist, the overwhelming No. 1 ball on the PGA Tour: Scottie Scheffler (Pro V1), Patrick Cantlay (Pro V1x), Viktor Hovland (Pro V1), Max Homa (Pro V1), Matt Fitzpatrick (Pro V1x), Brian Harman (Pro V1), Wyndham Clark (Pro V1x), Jordan Spieth (Pro V1x), Tyrrell Hatton (Pro V1) and Tom Kim (Pro V1x).