Technology rules at Seniors Ryder Cup Shoot-out
June 30, 2010
Optimal Analysis were invited to Slaley Hall last week to help launch The De Vere Collection PGA Seniors Championship with a Ryder Cup-themed shoot-out.
The shoot-out, which took place from the clubhouse balcony to the 18th green, involved 7 of the 10 former Ryder Cup players that would tee it up in the Championship.
Eddy Polland, Sam Torrance, Barry Lane, Constantina Rocca and Ian Woosnam were among the participants. Each player had two attempts at the 96-yard target and the closest two would have a further two attempts to find an outright winner.
Player swings were filmed using Vertex Coaching Studio and replayed on large screens for the spectators. Ball flight was tracked by FlightScope radar, confirming that the winning blow was a low trajectory, gap wedge shot, stopping one yard short of the flag after a significant amount of check.
The Irish duo of Des Smyth and Eamon Darcy made it to the play-off, where Smyth eventually came out on top.
View more of the former Ryder Cup competitors’ swings in the De Vere shoot-out, here: Optimal YouTube Channel