Blog Entries

Simon Dyson Wins In Holland

August 25th, 2009

History repeated itself this week in Holland as the climax to this week’s tour event saw English man Simon Dyson repeat his winning feet three years ago by winning the KLM Dutch open, moving him up to 28th on the European Tour order of merit.
Whilst watching his interview on SKY Sports at the end of the tournament he commented that the course he felt very comfortable on as in his words “It’s a course that bombers of the ball had no real advantage”
Interested that he feels that he can target this event where he feels he has a better chance of winning as he admits he’s not the longest of hitters.
So I have a look at his driving stats and especially the distance off the tee which is an average of 287 years. Simon feels that he is at a disadvantage perhaps due to his driving distance by I have to say I was shocked that he feels that 287 yards is not long enough on some courses. With the tours leading distance driver Alvaro Quiros of 315 years so that’s a good 50 yards behind.
I looks like driving the ball a long way these days is vital to compete on some of the courses played on the tour. I’m not so sure that’s a good thing though.

May be Nike Golfdyson can help Simon get a few more yards off the tee.

The New Apple Iphone G

July 16th, 2009

With the release of the new apple Iphone golfers are now able to video themselves and email the clips to their coaches for analysis in GASP lab.  This can either be done via the standard internet lesson option in GASP Lab or via our all new internet 3d manual option called ebook where you are able to add pages including video’s, text, picture to totally customise the look and feel of your club or academy.

To view out example lesson ebook select this link Internet lesson Ebook.  You may be asked to download Microsoft Silverlite as plugin to view the ebook demo which you should do.
 
To view video from the Iphone 3Gs select Iphone video link.
Many of our customers already use the unlimited internet lesson option that comes FREE with our integrated online booking system and we have pushed the boat out even further with our new ebook concept. Where you are able to design your own online 3D manual for your students allowing both coach, administrators, pupils to view not just todays or yesterdays lessons but to view the whole history of lessons taken.

Teaching Tips

July 14th, 2009

I would like to get a section on my blog going listing ways in which coaches have found ways of communication changes with success to their pupils or other things they have picked up from seminars they have attended where they have come away with some good ideas.

 

I’ll get the ball rolling with something I heard at a PGA teaching conference in Denmark a couple of years ago.

 

The speaker who will remain nameless on the whole was not great however he said one thing that has stuck in my mind ever since.

 

He was talking about the importance of creating a stretch through all of the joints and muscle groups during the backswing and he was explaining how the shoulders should make the hips turn.  Nothing new there, except he worded it such a way that I had not come across before.

 

He said “The hips get recruited by the shoulders in the backswing creating a stretch”  I use that exact same description when I try and explain the movement of the hips especially in the swing to my pupils.

Junior Golf Academy

July 14th, 2009

Junior Golf Academy

I have to pass on some information that one our customers told me about the other day in passing.

Over a couple of years he and his staff have been developing a Junior Golf Academy in the area. This included tuition in all elements of the game, organisation of competitions, games and obtaining handicaps. Nothing new there I think all coaches and clubs have been doing this for years.

He then went onto say that he had 150 kids paying him an annual subscription if around £250 per year, which was taken by direct debit £30 per month. This included range balls, membership, tuition and with the help of the golf committee a structure for the kids to move into the main body of the club. He then added that that he had the same amount of kids on a waiting list to join.

So first lets do the maths. 150 kids paying £250 per year £37,500 of which £15,000 went to club in the way of membership and £22,500 towards wages for his coaching staff and administration.

When I heard this the next thing I did was sit down with my coaching staff and develop our own program, which is now growing well.

You do have to get the golf club on side to help run the program but its great to see te kids having so much fun and we can se some of them start to develop into to good played. You never know one or two may make a living out of it.

Jim Furyk in High speed

July 12th, 2009

Robert Karlsson in High Speed

July 11th, 2009

CASIO HIGH SPEED Example - please see clip in High Speed from the Casio F1 at 300 frames per second of Robert Karlsson from behind. If anyone wishes to make any comments on Robert’s swing and what you think of of his action I will post them.

You will Internet explorer to view the videos Firefox and Safari I tink will not have te correct plugin.

PGA Training

July 7th, 2009

The video below link is from the Casio High Speed camera and for use in the PGA training.  It’s a good example of the quality you get from the F1 Casio High Speed camera.

 Jim swing on a casio in wmv

Casio Exilim Pro EX-FX1

April 7th, 2009

Casio Exillim EX F1 camera on test

Casio have a range of SLR cameras that are perfect for anyone who wishes to capture high speed video at what is a moderate price point. In this article we take a look at Casio’s flagship model the Exillim EX F1.

So how do they work what are the plus and minuses of the cameras and are they right for me?

So let’s start with the frame rate.  Well at 300 fps you do get quality motion video giving you impact almost all of the time.  Compare this to a regular camcorder there is no contest so the first plus in the camera.  The screen on the F1 is large and positioned at the rear of the camera and makes for a good playback facility on the camera itself with a jog shuttle.  You are also able to edit the clip on the camera itself keeping the file size down when you come to transfer the files. We have integrated the Casio file format which is a .mov (quicktime) movie into our flagship software GASP lab and you are also able to play/view the clip in quicktime Apple’s free application.  Apple’s quicktime application does not however give you the ability to move frame by frame.

So there must be some drawbacks in the camera which is a quarter of the price of other high speed cameras.  Well you guessed it.  The pixel size of the image is smaller and even though the F1 is the largest of the pixel sizes in their high speed camera range the video is slighted blown up to fit into a window on your PC or you have to look at a smaller image on the screen.

The clip is only captured in slow motion to the Casio so you are unable to play the clip at full speed.

You also have to import the clip from the camera in a similar fashion to a photo on a stills camera rather than live stream and capture in our software.  This takes around 20 seconds to do.

Lighting is an issue also especially indoors.   Shutter speed need to be around 1/2000 and at 300 frames per second a substantial amount of light is needed more than a camcorder and substantially more than a CCTV which is more light sensitive.

So in conclusion the CASIO Exilim EX – F1 is a must have coaches gadget especially if you coach outside in the sunlight and the link below which you can freely download will demonstrate the great quality that you can achieve.

Indoors though it’s not the best solution due to the amount of light available and in an environment where perhaps the live stream video camera are faster and more instant in their capture there may be a better option even though a more pricey solution.

For more technical information select Casio High Speed Cameras

Golf shoes an overlooked element that will help you improve your game.

March 29th, 2009

Golf shoes are as important a piece of equipment for the everyday golfer and quite often overlooked by the average player and sometimes by the better players as well.

The reason is we buy shoes mainly on how comfortable they feel and also by the way they look and their waterproof qualities.

Even though these things are important the one thing that is vital is that they give you stability and traction on the course.

Many coaches will tell you that your downswing starts from the floor up.  Just imagine how little distance you would get if you played all of your shots from the surface of a skating rink. Here you would have no traction at all leading to a loss of power.

Golf shoes should offer traction to the floor either with spikes or soft spikes but also support the foot in such a way that the foot is not moving around inside.  In skiing for example the ski boots offer such support they protect the ankles as well as the foot.

In the backswing the lower body starting with the feet of course should offer resistance allowing other joints and muscle groups above them to stretch.  An important element to a golfer is the coiling / stretching ability of the whole body and without the feet being secure power will be lost and it may also affect the timing. 

The transition to the downswing starts with the lower body moving the weight to the left but also you will see an increase in pressure on the floor happening as well.  You see this movement in other sports as well such as tennis.

With this added pressure down and the rotation of the body starting to happen having good traction is vital not only to help with the power release but also the balance as well.

So sound advice when purchasing a new pair of shoes is to consider how the shoe fits you.  It should be firm on the foot and not sloppy if you want to have the shoes help you with your performance.

For more information go to Ecco Golf Shoes

Ecco Golf Shoes

Ecco Golf Shoes

Denmark PGA Coaching Seminar

March 7th, 2009

The seminar saw guest speakers from Train Brain, coaches from the US along with work shops where we played a roll along with other companies.

 

It always amazes me the difference between how golf professionals cope with the off-season.

 

Here in the UK we keep plodding on with our dayly routine.  At Himmerland which seems almost like being back in the UK I saw rain, sun temperatures between 3 degrees to 10 degrees the couse was hardly been played and all professionals shut up shop for 4 months or so may be opening at weekend at best.

 

So why do our European friend take this approach both with the club and pros shops and we soldier on all Winter?