It strikes me as crude and labor intensive with an x-amount of error. But, it's a necessary start of some sort. I'm curious to see how it will compare to the KLPGA tracking process. I don't know if they use lasers in Korea ... I noted earlier this year that the putting distances on the KLPGA website didn't match what I saw on the SBS Golf broadcasts.
Oh, I still can't figure out how those age 75+ volunteers do the driving distances at the Seaview's 13th hole. Every time there I see like a 17-yard difference between the permanent yardage markers and what is reported.
From what I've heard from a friend who worked as a volunteer here at HSBC Singapore this year, they measure on two holes, and average the distances for official driving distance stats.
I like that they will be adding these stats, long overdue (embarrassingly so!) - and will gladly accept the human error. But surely this will slow pace of play! Players and caddies will be filling out a second card with distances themselves. Come on KPMG, fork over for the tech stuff! Also, perhaps driving distances will be more accurately measured by using the now-approved rangefinders?