I am sure that some of you have already tried the latest tool released on
www.pgatour.com, the PGA Tour Shot Tracker. The concept of the application is that you can follow every shot of a single player or a group of players through graphical illustrations of each hole they play. Every shot is depicted by a yellow line and as usual the PGA Tour gives you a ton of stats for it (e.g. length of shot, distance to the hole, position of the ball etc.).
The tool is still in BETA (i.e. they are still testing and fixing bugs), but I have to say that even at this early point in time I am pretty disappointed with it:
- The tool is quite slow and certainly not in real-time, i.e. there is a significant delay between a shot being played and it showing up in shot tracker. The official PGA Tour Leaderboard is a lot faster than the new application.
- I noticed quite a few funny bugs during the time I was watching it: First they said that Vijay holed out from the fairway, later they changed it to 2 ft from the hole. The same happened with Ernie Els: At first he was over the green in two on a Par-5, a few minutes later they added a penalty shot and birdie became bogey…
- So far so good, but what about Phil’s second hole at TPC Boston - did he actually hit it only 126 yards off the tee? That’d be a case of beer at my Golf Club.