How do Topgolf golf balls work? Here's how they know you hit that golf ball
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How do Topgolf golf balls work? Here’s how they know you hit that golf ball

When you go to Topgolf, you hit golf balls off a mat in a station out into the range. Just a few seconds after your golf ball stops, you look up at a monitor in your hitting bay and find out how far your ball went and how many points you scored in the Topgolf game that you're playing.

Have you ever thought about how Topgolf tells you the data for the right ball -- the one that you hit instead of the hundreds of other golf balls people are hitting at the same time?

How do Topgolf golf balls work?

Topgolf golf balls are all equipped with a unique RFID (radio frequency identification) chip. When you wave you golf club over the sensor to get another golf ball, the hitting bay connects the RFID tag in that next golf ball to your bay. That's how it knows that it's your ball.

Then when the golf ball lands in a target area or hits the fence (and comes to the ground), the RFID tag in the ball is picked up by beacons in the targets, and they can tell where your ball entered the target area.

With Toptracer available throughout Topgolf facilities, players can also learn all the details behind their shot, including trajectory, total distance and other data.

RFID technology is used in all kinds of walks of life, so it's not particularly ground-breaking to use it. However, to get it into a golf ball that still performs pretty much like normal? That's an accomplishment.

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