Why Is The PGA Tour No Longer Providing Radar Info??

This is something I noticed early in January but I figured perhaps there hadn’t been enough events played to furnish initial data – but it’s now nearly March.

Has anyone else noticed that the PGA Tour website is no longer providing Shotlink radar data, which would include club impact speed, ball speed, launch angle, spin rates, etc?

Here is what you’ll see if you go to the relevant sections:

Very strange – this has been a feature of the Stats provided by the PGA Tour going back at least as far as 2007:


I have racked my brain for a logical explanation other than “they just aren’t going to give it anymore,” because they are able to provide that data on the television broadcasts I’ve glanced at.

Whether or not they even show it on TV (which they do, with tracer flight and ball speed at the least), you can’t believe for a second that they aren’t tracking these things themselves if the broadcasts show them:


I keep going back to check if they’ve got the stats going again, but going into the 3rd month of the calendar year, it’s crickets.

Anyone?


 

6 thoughts on “Why Is The PGA Tour No Longer Providing Radar Info??

    1. D Watts Post author

      That’s one I didn’t think of, John – and it’s as good a possibility as any I can come up with. What I don’t get is it’s being used in the broadcasts, but then nothing on the actual PGA Tour site… I’m stumped.

  1. Mr. McJohn

    Hey man, haven’t commented in a time, but have been reading! It’s odd, but there’s always a way they’ll find to market something. Just don’t know what it is yet. At least that’s how I see it.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Hey MMJ, good to see ya. I have no idea what the deal is, just that it seems a bizarre thing considering they’ve had the stats every year for over a decade…

  2. Anthony Mannarino

    You really don’t know why? Or you trying to start a conversation. I know 7 or 8 guys on tour and it’s obvious why. If Players aren’t going to be compensated for Releasing their data and making money off it they won’t sign a contract.

    Players have all the stats everyday with there flight scopes ex ex. The contract is up, and the players, nor the public care about those stats. The drives you hit during a round might be High fades, or a Low draw into a left to right wind. The stats aren’t accurate. Players want to be paid

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    1. D Watts Post author

      You really don’t know why? Or you trying to start a conversation… The contract is up…

      I really didn’t know & I was asking, A.M. Makes sense, as I just searched “PGA Tour-Shotlink” & it took me to a page where I saw that the copyright is 2007-2019.

      Makes sense now, I just haven’t been doing anything golf-related since last November so I’ve been out of the loop. I do see that ShotLink & the PGA Tour are still somewhat in business though as they sponsor the other stats that one can still access:

      Thanks for the tip!

      DJ

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