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New Teaching Technology Emphasis using the ground for Power!

New Teaching Technology Emphasis using the ground for Power!
 
Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!
 
The latest Teaching Technology is helping the good players become even better.  Things like FlightScope, V1 Software analysis, BodiTrack COP units all help measure data that was previously unknown.  Some things that appeared to be factual are now proved to be false.  And others have proved to be quite true.  The secret to all of this is in the person reading the data. Not the person hitting the ball.  The combination of feel from the player and fact from the instructor will make teaching much more efficient than it ever has been in the past.  Thanks to my good friend Terry Hashimoto of BodiTrak Sports ‎@boditraksports for this enlightening article.  I hope this will educate and help the average golfer go out and use this technology to get better!
New Teaching Technology Emphasis using the ground for Power!

Robert Karlson

How PGA Tour players use the ground: Trends from BodiTrak

New Teaching Technology Emphasis using the ground for Power!

Any time new technology makes its way onto the PGA Tour, it’s always interesting to take a step back and observe some of the general trends.  To see what we can learn from the new data it provides. One new piece of technology that is growing in popularity on professional tours is BodiTrak, which I co-developed. BodiTrak a pressure-sensing mat that helps athletes understand how they interact with the ground, which, of course, is great for the golf swing. As we continue to learn, the movement of a golfer’s center of pressure, or COP, is crucial to performance, and that’s exactly what BodiTrak measures.

The importance of pressure or weight shift isn’t a new concept at all, though. Hall of Fame instructor Jim McLean wrote an article for Golf Digest 25 years ago that discussed the importance of being able to load into your trail leg and explode onto your lead leg. McLean’s postulate from 1980 was resisted by some, but is now being confirmed — almost universally across the instruction community — with data from BodiTrak mats.

“Now with BodiTrak Pressure Mapping, even those most pessimistic doubters and anti-weight movement teachers have to concede that great ball strikers and all PGA Tour players load pressure into the trail foot in the backswing for a driver,” McLean says. “They then unload quickly back to the lead foot, and explode out of the ground through the impact interval.”

We’re only scratching the surface in terms of data collection on Tour, but I wanted to share a few of the most notable trends, as they might be relevant lessons for the average club golfer.

Tour players load and explode

The vast majority of Tour players load at least 80 percent of the pressure into their trail leg in their backswing and at least 80 percent into their lead leg at impact with their driver swing. Some golfers that BodiTrak has measured, like Jason Day, putting as much as 95 percent of their pressure on their trail leg near the top of their backswing.

 

This move requires tremendous physical ability, but it’s foundational to Tour-level distance and consistency. Titleist Performance Institute co-founder Dave Phillips analyzed how Day’s elite hip mobility and stability make this move possible. Many amateurs (and some professionals) don’t have the requisite physical capabilities to do this, while others have inefficient technique. McLean refers to the transition to the lead leg as the key move in the golf. Golfers who fail to do so invite a number of potentially harmful swing tendencies. As PGA Tour instructor John Tillery says, “I’m convinced that the overwhelming difference between amateurs and Tour players is how and when they shift their pressure.”

Most Tour players have a linear trace with short irons

As a general rule, we’ve found the golf club wants to follow a golfer’s pressure trace during the swing. Many instructors advocate a linear trace because it encourages a neutral club path from which golfers can either fade or draw the ball. There are exceptions, but if you review BodiTrak’s library of PGA Tour data, you’ll see that linear traces are extremely common in precision swings. Linear iron traces are often drastically different from dynamic traces seen in many powerful driver swings. The explosive speed of a Bubba Watson or J.B. Holmes results from tremendous ground reaction forces, evidenced by a center of pressure trace we often refer to as a “Z Trace.”

 

A look at the footwork of long hitters J.B. Holmes and Bubba Watson.

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This is Extreme Coaching - Can you handle an 8 Hour Lesson?

This is Extreme Coaching – Can you handle an 8 Hour Lesson?

This is Extreme Coaching – Can you handle an 8 Hour Lesson?

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Some amazing people working in the industry are taking extreme coaching to a whole new level!  

If you have the money and the time, this is a form of biomechanics that is nothing short of amazing!  I attended a Biomechanics Certification Course at Pebble Beach under the tutelage of Mike Adams in January of this year and saw this amazing machine in action.  After using the one at Pebble, we were told that Webb Simpson immediately bought one and had it installed in his home.  Thanks to for this fascinating piece!

This is Extreme Coaching - Can you handle an 8 Hour Lesson?

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Walk on most practice tees today and the random lesson being given won’t look much different from one you might have seen in 1970 or 1990. The teacher might be using a camera—or an iPhone—to record some video, but other than that, the paradigm is remarkably similar to how players took lessons when they were swinging woods that were actually made of wood.

Shaun Webb is giving Robert Hall a different kind of lesson.

Webb, the director of instruction at the David Toms Academy 265 in Shreveport, La., certainly spends time watching Hall stripe balls onto the tour-caliber 400-yard range. But the twosome will spend just as much time in a squat building on the other side of the property. Here, they can utilize two pieces of technology that are redefining the learning experience: a golf robot and a three-dimensional motion-capture system.

How good could you get with unlimited resources? There’s a growing contingent of teachers and students attempting to hack the learning process in just this manner.

Forget the hourlong, once-a-month tuneup. Hall is getting an “extreme lesson.”

This is Extreme Coaching – Can you handle an 8 Hour Lesson?

Hall, 59, has been mostly self-taught since age 9. Sick of his plateaued game, the 10-handicapper decided to commit to a comprehensive lesson program. When he saw a Golf Channel telecast highlighting the David Toms academy as one of a handful of places in North America to have a $150,000 RoboGolfPro, he called to book a full day of lessons. Then the industrial-equipment executive flew his plane to Shreveport.

“Once I got there, it took about 10 shots for me to know that I’d made the right decision,” Halls says. “I had never had a lesson with any kind of technology. It proved to me that I’ll get better faster if I commit to the building of the foundation. It gives you hope that you can get better. That’s what gets you out of bed every day.”

The RoboGolfPro looks like an automated paint sprayer working the line at a Chevrolet plant—a sort of thickset Iron Byron.

A golfer will stand across from the machine and hold a shortened club that extends from its hinged mechanical arm. A teacher can then program any kind of swing pattern and set it for any speed—from slow-motion to PGA Tour-quick. The student must hold on and move in response to the club’s motion. If you want a sense for what Ben Hogan’s downswing felt like, this is the only way.

Hall was intrigued, but it was the GEARS 3-D motion-capture system that led to his quickest initial transformation. To get started, Hall had to dress in a suit covered with 26 sensors and hit shots before an array of eight high-speed cameras. This created an animated, three-dimensional rendering of Hall and his swing on a large screen, offering him a detailed look from any conceivable angle.

With the aid of this rendering, Webb helped Hall change his hip tilt and improve what had been a too-steep attack angle.

“My ball flight improved immediately,” Hall said after that first three-hour session.

“When you can use something like 3-D or biofeedback, it gives the player more than just words,” says Webb, who works for Toms at the academy and as swing coach to the major champion. “A player can get a feeling faster, and feelings are what translate into swing changes.”

This is Extreme Coaching - Can you handle an 8 Hour Lesson?

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Simply hold on and let the RoboGolfPro unit guide you through the perfect swing

To read the rest of this extreme form of learning, go here!

Source:   Golf Digest

Pictures: Spencer Lowell   Dr. Young-Hoo Kwon

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Bees Can't Fly and Justin Thomas Can't Hit the Ball Far!

Bees Can’t Fly and Justin Thomas Can’t Hit the Ball Far!

Bees Can’t Fly and Justin Thomas Can’t Hit the Ball Far!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Say what? It is said that rookie PGA Tour winner Justin Thomas should not be able to reach the distance he gets off the tee, given his small’sh height and weight. That made me remember that science tells us bees should not be able to fly because their bodies are not aerodynamically designed for flight.

Don’t you love it when people and nature thumb their noses at ‘scientific facts’?

You’ll love this video where renowned golf physicist, Dr. Robert Neals, hooks Justin Thomas up to Neals’ Golf Biodynamics technology. The results are cool and demonstrate clearly the physics of a very effective golf swing!

Thanks to pgatour.com for sharing this video with us:

By normal standards, Justin Thomas’ height and weight should not give him the results that he has off the tee so we brought in Dr. Robert Neal, an acclaimed Golf Physicist and founder of Golf Bio dynamics to shed some light on the topic.

Source: PGA TOUR

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The 3 Critical Factors in Hitting a golf shot - All 3 are important!

The 3 Critical Factors in Hitting a golf shot – All 3 are important!

The 3 Critical Factors in Hitting a golf shot – All 3 are important!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Hitting a golf shot in the middle of the clubface, with good clubhead speed and good clubhead direction, takes a lot of time and practice!

Understanding these 3 concepts from a scientific perspective will help you understand that brute strength doesn’t work very well!  Here the United States Golf Association has taken to science to explain 1. Torque, 2.Centripetal Force, and 3. The double Pendulum effect!  This is for all you analyzers out there!  Analyze away!

NBC Learn, in partnership with the United States Golf Association and Chevron, explores the science of golf. In this segment, the physics behind the golf swing are discussed and broken down with the help of 2010 U.S. Women’s Open champion Paula Creamer and amateur golf standout Michael Miller. Visit www.NBCLearn.com for more.

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