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What’s New K-Vest Version 4.3

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

Due for release in December 2010 is the K-vest upgrae softe 4.3.  Whatch the video below for further information.

Golf’s Funny Bloopers

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

One of the better ones I have seen.

Trackman Combine

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

In golf today, there’s surprisingly only one comprehensive benchmarking system for shot results at various distances - ShotLink. ShotLink measures every shot made on the PGA TOUR to within inches, allowing players to, among other things, understand their shot making skills and abilities from any distance and situation. This gives PGA TOUR players the unique opportunity to study shot statistics to determine their strengths and weaknesses relative to every other player on TOUR. For example, ShotLink statistics for the 2009 season reveal that Steve Stricker was the best player for Approach Shots from 75 to 100 yards, with an average result at 13′0″, while Phil Mickelson’s rank for the same category was 112th at 18′4″. Unfortunately, ShotLink data is available only to those players talented and fortunate enough to compete on the PGA TOUR.

 

Players using TrackMan Combine at the Driving Range
 
Outside of big time tournament golf and self tabulated stats applications, shot making results data for the great majority of golfers is lacking. Consider the following scenarios:

• An 18 handicap amateur in Michigan wants to compare his shot making ability from 100 yards to PGA TOUR players, as well to scratch golfers and other 18 handicap amateurs around the world.
• Your client’s high school son or daughter wants to know if they have the potential to compete in Division I, II, or III college golf.
• You’re a golf instructor and want to set improvement goals together with your clients. You need to establish current skill level and demonstrate measurable improvement. You desire a standardized evaluation metric with a shorter feedback cycle than handicap index.
• A college golf coach would like a standardized golf test, similar to SAT score, allowing a quick assessment of a player’s potential in order to determine recruiting priority. The test can also be used with active team members to identify strengths and weaknesses, as well provide focused practice routines.
• A serious player wants to evaluate their equipment and technique strategy for various scoring zones.

The TrackMan Combine has been designed to address scenarios like this and more.

Objectives of the TrackMan combine:
• Standardized Test - Objective, easy to administer and repeat
• Time Efficient - 1 hour or less
• Immediate Feedback
• Test results automatically hosted online - always accessible to both coach/teacher and player
• Cover a wide spectrum of shot types
• Benchmark skill and offer global peer rankings, comparisons
• Initiate discussions about technique, equipment, and goal setting
• Offer TrackMan customers additional ROI

Combine Test Procedure
The combine consists of 80 shots and lasts on average 45 minutes. Upon completion of the test, the administrator (coach/instructor) uploads the test result data to www.mytrackman.com/Combine/Pro.html. Immediately following, test results are available online for administrator and player to review. The player can also log in later with his/her unique log in details to review results at home or in the office.

Every player will receive detailed and summary results on the following:
• Distance from Pin at every yardage
• Drive Distance
• Offline for Drives
• Percentile Rankings for every shot category
• TrackMan Combine Score

Beyond the score, shot results accuracy, and percentile ranking data, up to 21 TrackMan data parameters are measured and reported for every shot made during a combine session. This means that instructors and coaches have the opportunity to check combine data to review club delivery tendencies, and club fitters can use the Driver launch statistics including ball speed, launch angle, spin rate, and land angle to learn if the driver being used is optimal for the player.

Who can administer and upload a TrackMan Combine?
Combine tests must be conducted outdoors and any current TrackMan customer may administer a combine test and upload the data for analysis.

Stack and Tilt Coaching Methods

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

So today we attended with many other golf professionals the stack and tilt seminar at the Belfry.  Presented by Andy Plummer and Mike Bennett.
So what it all about?? The swing model has certainly come in for some stick over the last couple of years from pundits and coaches in the US so everyone was intrigued to hear what Andy and Mike had to say especially as some of their pupil on Tour have shown improvement and success.
The session started with the address position where using photographic evidence of successful golf professional over the years it was pointed out that there are very few common grips, alignment, aim and postures.  So what do the tour pro’s have in common?
(1) Being able to hit the ground in exactly the same place.
(2) Ability to generate enough power to hit the ball far enough to play and control the flight.
Andy pointed out that everything else was pretty much variable, there was evidence that some combinations of certain parts of the setup and swing work well together.  But the two things above is something that all top players all have in common.
The weight distribution for a right handed player starts more to the left approx. 60% with the right at 40%.  As you move towards the top of the backswing the weight stays the same keeping the slight spine lean slightly right at around 5 – 10 degrees. (no reverse spine tilt there).  Sounds like the way I coach pitching.
The next point in the backswing the hand working in an arc in the takeaway which makes sense as the torso is rotating getting the club to point at the target line (plane) and through the right elbow area.  Sound enough there in my view.
Left leg straightening creating a larger hip turn.  That’s certainly different from what is the populist methods of creating more lower body resistance by keeping the right knee more flexed, but perhaps what is lost in stretch is gained a larger rotation and swing.
So let,s just stop there and think of some of Ben Hogan’s swings, Johnny Miller, Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson.  There is evidence that these type of methods we employed by these players at their height so is coaching moving full circle back towards what was the norm in that era.
So at this stage not too controversial and certainly their ideas have been misrepresented in the media and TV.
More to come on the Stack and Tilt seminar in my next post.

Ben Hogan

Gleneagles Golf Academy

Friday, May 21st, 2010

We have just upgraded the Gleneagles Golf Academy from their existing Dartfish Coaching system to the Gasplab system in both of their studios.  This includes the GASP Lab video software along with the 3D biomechanics systems from K-Vest enableing Gleneagles to offer not just quality video lessons on their golf range and studio’s but also do a full screening of their customers and pupils with the K-vest.  For anyone interested in getting a first class analysis of their golf game you would need to look no further than Gleneagles.

Not only will Gleneagles be able to have quality instruction with the latest technology they will also be able to view their lessons by mobile phone and GASP systems ebook solution which will help pupils stay in touch with their coaches.

Gleneagles Golf Academy

Gleneagles Golf Academy

Kevin Stadlers Swing

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

As the US Masters gets ever closer and this week see’s the start of the Houston Open Kevin Stadler makes a great start to lead the field after round 1 in Houston.  Kevin is built similar to his father Craig but two very different swings.  Kevin swings the club in quite an upright fashion and gets the club into quite an open position at the top of the backswing.  This allows him to swing the club further that Craig as his arms swing less across his chest.  You will see his swung speed at around about the tour average at 112mph.  Craig’s swing also seen below is a flat action his arms more across his body therefore shortening his action.

 

So even with some of the same genes we end up with totally different swings that work.  The similarity that we see in both actions is the impact position and that is mainly what the golf ball relies on.  Just goes to show there is more than one way of skinning a cat.

GASP Video HS Released

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

GASP systems High speed Video System

GASP systems High speed Video System

Our Brand new High speed video system GASP Video HS has now been release.  The system which is built on the te GASP lab platform is compatible with all of the Casio High speed cameras and boasts many of the features of GASP lab including the ebook editor, this tool enables the coach or academy to send branded lessons to pupils own personal online manual  (see an example at this link Online Manual using merv as the username and testing as the password.) Windows silverlight should also be installed which can be optained for FREE from Microsofts’ website Silverlite. You also have the ability to send video analysis to smartphones such as the Iphone and blackberry. 

To view more information please visit either ourGASP Video HS page on our website or the GASP video HS Bundle deals.

K-vest New 4.01 version gives you even more

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

K-Motion have now released the new 4.01 version or their software.  The upgrade includes

  • NEW 3rd line of the Kinematic sequence allows users to analyze the rotational velocities of the Club Shaft (Grip)
  • NEW customizable Swing Summary allows users to import custom logos, creating new marketing opportunities
  • IMPROVED Swing Summary adds 1-click training for body turn at impact
  • NEW 64-bit compatibility for Widows OS allows users to run K-VEST v4.1 on the latest computers
  • ADDED ability to auto-load an instructor profile, reducing start-up time
  • IMPROVED logic eliminates inverted Kinematic Sequence graphs
  • IMPROVED capture timers makes it easier to capture swings each and every time
  • IMPROVED protocols add significant reliability to capturing outdoors
  • PLUS other features and enhancements

To view some of these new features see the video below.

Jim Furyk in High speed

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

Tiger’s Return Cut Short

Friday, February 27th, 2009

So an anti-climax this week with Tiger going out in round two so maybe he’s human after all.  Just goes to show even if you are the best player in the world you need to play at the highest level frequently to compete.

 

That reminds me of one of my old assistant who was a little bit of a player and always finished in the top four in the West Region order merit played in the West Region Championships at St. ’Mellion’s Nicklaus Course, off the back tees he shot 71, 69, 69 to win two weeks before the B& H was played there.

 

He had qualified for the European Tour Event through the region and was confident that he would perform well based on his rounds two weeks previous.

 

He shot 89, 81 missed the cut. Just goes to show even though the test was the same playing at a higher level is harder.  It was interesting that Tiger said pre-tournament that playing te PGA tour is so much different that playing with your mates.