New technology boosts golf team’s preparation


Daisy Ramirez

Sophomore Jayden Romig lines up his shot in the golf room, where the students are able to practice with the new TrackMan. The new technology allows the players to practice in competition-like situations, even when being on a course is not possible.

Daisy Ramirez, Staff Writer

In the back of the athletic building is the golf team’s room. In there is the new TrackMan Golf, a software that catches the golf club and golf ball moving to help tell a player the club and ball speed, spin rate and distance. An entire round of golf can also be played through the simulator.

Assistant golf coach Jason Watson competes with his students during seventh period golf on the TrackMan. (Daisy Ramirez)

“It helps me better understand my shots,” senior Sammy Garza said.

The golf team started saving money to buy one about four years ago. They saved about $2,000 each year from the fundraisers they did, but TrackMans usually cost around $20,000. After Harvey, Kingwood High School received one. The school district then bought one for the other high schools this year.

“We would still be trying to buy one right now if the district wouldn’t have gotten it for us,” golf coach Angela Chancellor said. 

Chancellor became the golf coach at Kingwood Park in 2013. She has seen a lot of improvement in her students this year with the TrackMan. It is especially helpful to have the TrackMan for the beginners since they only go to the course twice a week. When they aren’t at the course they are using the TrackMan to practice. 

The students can either play in game mode or select a course on which to play a round. It’s perfect on days when the weather won’t allow them to get on a course too.

“I like the course mode because I feel the games are for beginners and the course is good for practice,” sophomore Jayden Romig said. 

One of the team’s favorite things to do with the TrackMan, however, is compete against each other in game mode. It’s a fun and easy way for the team to practice and build relationships. 

“The team can relate to it because most kids nowadays play video games,” said Coach Chancellor.