Laser & Tablet Operators
FAIRWAY LASER OPERATORS
The operation of the fairway lasers is a very simple process. This is a basic point and shoot rangefinder laser and it is very easy to spot the tee shot and take the measurement. These volunteers are stationed just inside the ropes near the landing area of the drive. Each station consists of a laser positioned on a movable monopod. There is also a handheld device that captures and transfers the data from the shot to the ShotLink staff. The device provides information with regard to the groupings and the operator will have to choose what player to shoot for then shoot the laser at the ball after it stops rolling. They will take the measurements of each drive and make sure the information is sent to the ShotLink truck.
In addition a voice radio with headset will be provided to the volunteer so they will have constant voice communication with the ShotLink staff. All of the necessary equipment will be delivered each morning. This can be done by one person but we have found that a 2 person team is best. One person operating the laser and the other person taking grid coordinates that will also be entered into the system to verify that the shot and the grid are within tolerance.
The Tablet operator position is a new role that replaces the greenside position. Not all volunteers will be able to satisfactorily accomplish this task. Our training program has been modified to help identify the volunteers who will have the best chance to be successful in this role.
As a first step, it is necessary to question the volunteers as to their interest in operating a tablet and being mobile around the green to capture shots in a timely manner. If the volunteer is not interested in this type position, then chances are very strong that they will not succeed as a tablet operator. These volunteers will be inside the ropes using a tablet that has a map of the green. Tablet operators are in constant voice communication by radio with the ShotLink Producers. This radio link allows the volunteers to communicate any problems or concerns directly to the ShotLink staff.
It is best to educate the volunteers that this is a challenging position which can be a lot of fun. The volunteers’ ability to succeed at this task will be greatly enhanced by completing all the training.
Two volunteers will work as a team, plotting balls that miss the green and continue to plot them until they are holed out.