Doctor Golf Academy: Ufford Park Resort
The portability of a tablet and the ability to email a golfer, who can watch their own swing with a coach’s critique from wherever they are in the world, now allows tournament players to have remote coaching.
Personal Launch Monitors such as Rapsodo and SkyTrak, are small black boxes with cameras or radars. They help to scan the club or ball motions through impact, allowing the golfer to understand their movements, with feedback on club path and ball data. This information details many aspects of a shot, including the angle of attack with the club into the ball, the spin of the ball flight, the speed of the club and ball, and the distances achieved with each club.
Many driving ranges have begun installing commercial golf ball tracking software, such as TrackMan, TopTracer and InRange. This technology enhances the range experience, helping serious players diagnose their swing and newer golfers to understand the level of consistency they can achieve with their shots. These systems measure the distance and ball flight from each practice shot and also provide the possibility of setting up Nintendo/Wii-style games to play. This helps newer golfers, particularly juniors, have a fun experience hitting a golf ball, especially if automated PowerTees are also involved with the ball appearing from underground!
Serious golfers now have many mobile Phone Apps that can help analyse their games in many different ways while playing. Most of these are via GPS, which could be a handheld device or even a smartwatch. They help plot where each shot has gone or create a post-round analysis of how successfully each shot was executed. This, coupled with laser measuring systems, means there is no excuse for not knowing the distance you have between you and your target.
It is also possible to add in Force Plates that measure weight distribution in static or dynamic modes. This can help the golfer to begin to understand how to make better use of lateral forces, to create a stronger swing movement. Coupling this with a K-Vest will also help to determine how each part of the body moves, which helps to create a better sequence of movements, so that the maximum amount of force is applied to the ball through the impact area.
Unfortunately, even with all this tech available to us, there is still no guarantee that you will be able to hit the required shot when you need to!
A strong mind, smooth rhythm and good balance are essential prerequisites; the adage of a good swing being the combination of ‘2 turns and a swish’ is still as relevant today as before all of this analytical tech was produced.