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PGA tour to go high-tech on Golf Channel

Tiger Woods watches his drive off the fourth tee at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia, September 15, 2007. New radar technology will allow the Golf Channel to provide exact measurements of golfers' swings and ball movement during next year's PGA Tour, the network said Wednesday. REUTERS/Tami Chappell

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - New radar technology will allow the Golf Channel to provide exact measurements of golfers’ swings and ball movement during next year’s PGA Tour, the network said Wednesday.

It will use the TrackMan Tour System, a Doppler radar technology, to measure a golfer’s exact, three-dimensional club movement and ball flight and provide precise data on ball launch, ball flight and ball landing, among other statistics.

TrackMan, previously available only to Tour pros, will be used on two holes during Golf Channel’s live primetime telecast of the Mercedes-Benz Championship in Hawaii beginning January 3.

“We will be able show a 3-D representation of a player’s tee shot and then fly around it during flight to show different angles of its trajectory,” Golf Channel vp production and executive producer Tony Tortorici said. “Different shots from different players also can be compared simultaneously, which can provide some pretty cool visuals and reveal player tendencies.”

TrackMan has been used sparingly for television, Golf Channel said. The network said it would be the first to incorporate the technology on American broadcasts of regular-season PGA Tour events.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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