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What’s New K-Vest Version 4.3

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

November 7th, 2010

One of the better ones I have seen.

Trackman Range

October 31st, 2010

The TrackMan Range is a super-friendly stand-alone gaming and practice station for your driving range. The entire system including a TrackMan radar unit and touch screen monitor are connected from your range to the Internet. All playing sessions including stats and images are
uploaded in real-time to the user’s profile on mytrackman.com On mytrackman.com, players can review, share and compare sessions at their leisure, take part in monthly matches,contests and much more.

For more information click this link.  Trackman Range.

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Trackman Combine

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.

Putting Basic and Equipment

September 13th, 2010

Putting is a game within a game and with such a variety of putter models on the market and all sorts of putting style on the market no wonder that golfers are baffled as to where to start.  Putting is in fact almost the only part of the game of golf that a absolute beginner can hit the ball.

Why? It’s simple the putter does not have to travel that far to hit the ball as there is no need to create very much power.  However if you speak to a tour player then they will tell you that putting is the most important thing.
So what does it take to be a good putter? The club face is king here and to deliver the club face squarely to the ball at impact is vital.  Then there is the swing path or swing arc.  Ideally you would like the swing path to be moving in the direction of your target. Then we need to look at the angle of decent or assent of the swing at impact with the loft of the club which helps control the spin of the ball. Where we hit the ball on the club face is vital to distance control and finally the rhythm and speed of the putter at impact.  If you do all of the above and have the correct putter to fit you then you would have to say you would naturally learn to be a good putter.

Let’s look at the club face at impact as I previously said that this king in terms of holing more putts.  So aiming must be important?  Not as important as you might think.  It’s where the putter comes back at impact which counts.  I have seen some great putters over time that aim way off target but get the butter back square to the target at impact.  So the key is to find the mixture of head position in relation to the ball both in terms of forward and back and left to right at address and that’s your head not the club head, the grip, ball position and initial aim. These factors have more influence on the putter face at impact.  Each player must find their own way with the help of a coach to combine these elements to come up with a formula to get the putter face pointing in the desired direction at impact.
For a great choice of putters look at Scotty Cameron Putters and Yes Putters.

Stack and Tilt Coaching Methods

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

Can Louis Oosthuizen Hang on?

July 18th, 2010

Will Louis Oosthuizen hang onto his lead going into the last round of the Open Championship or will Paul Casey or other catch him?
Looking at his swing in slow motion I have to say it looks fairly sound and as long as the pressure of the last round does not get to him and he start steadily you have to say he should hang on easily. 
Coached by Pete Cowen, who has helped many a player to success over the years. I like the look of the club at the top of his swing slightly pointing left due a slightly shorter action. It’s hard to see what could go wrong from there.  Another thing that has impressed me with his swing to that he maintains his upper body stability so well.  Even though we should see slight head motion in any good swing Oosthuizen really keeps not only his height well but the upper body hardly moves back at impact.
Casey on the other hand did get out in 5 under yesterday and a repeat performance on the outward 9 holes would certainly increase the pressure on Oosthuizen.

Cristie Kerr No.1 on the LPGA Tour

June 28th, 2010

Cristie Kerr moved to the top of the LPGA Tour rankings with a demolition of the field at the LPGA Championship by 12 shots. That’s right 12 shots an incredible accomplishment.   Below is Cristie working hard on her game?  There are a couple of interesting movements in her swing with the club getting across the line at the top of the backswing and a limited wrist hinge.  But one thing for sure she was consistent all through the week and a 6 under pay final round was certainly a round she will remember for the rest of her life.

Graham Mcdowell Wins US Open Golf 2010

June 21st, 2010

So may be the shut club face at the top of Dustin Johnson’s backswing was too unmanageable in the last round at the US Open at Pebble Beach.  Congratulations to Grahame McDowell on his one shot victory.  He managed his round perfectly to make sure he ended the 40 year drought for European Winners of the US Open let’s hope it’s not another 40 years to the next victor.
We take a quick look at Grahame’s swing from down the line showing how he manages to deliver the club perfectly on swing plane in the downswing even though he is slightly out of position at the top of his swing.

Dustin Johnson leading into the final round of US Open

June 20th, 2010

I have to admit Dustin Johnson certainly gets results.  It’s interesting in the below analysis of his own swing he mentions nothing about the bowed left wrist and shut face at the top of his backswing as well as the untra late release to compensate for that closed face.  It’s rare that you see any golfer with a right elbow below the left arm in his downswing.  Just goes to show though in his comments how he views a good club shaft plane in the downswing and for that matter the backswing something every golfer should strive for.