All That DataPosted by Chuck Winger on: January 27, 2012
Chuck Winger is Vice President of Performance Products.
Five years ago, I visited Top Ten Instructor Mike Malaska. Throughout the visit, I intended to show Mike the launch monitor and balance plate technologies aboutGolf was distributing. I was newly-versed in the capabilities of force plate and was confident the launch monitor would work well – and it did.
Upon my arrival, Mike introduced me to one of Arizona State University’s top-seeded players – “I’m already warmed up”, the young Slate announced with driver-in-hand.
As I stood with Mike, I witnessed Slate pound drives.
“271 yard carry, with an ever-so-slight fade,” I announced after the first shot landed.
“That went straight,” Slate said.
“Straight toward the target, but from the apex, it fell with a slight fade,” I said. “Check the wind – it’s hardly detectable, but if it affected that shot, it would have caused the look of a draw.”
After I had collected data for 10 shots, I told Mike I was ready to show him the data.
“There is a pattern. For every shot, the direction of the club head was on path from the outside or heading left,” I said. “This would indicate that just before he strikes the ball he is unconsciously making an adjustment with his hands to affect the angle of the face, which makes the ball appear to go straight.”
We proceeded to work on the balance plate, where Slate learned to move his body from right to left, first without the club then with the club, and finally making full swings at an imaginary ball. After he confirmed he was moving differently and felt comfortable, I suggested we move back to the range.
I placed a ball on a tee and asked him to use the same motions we just practiced while imagining the ball was simply getting in the way of the club.
Using these new methods, Slate’s first ball sailed 12 yards further than his best shot from our first session, and his second shot was even longer yet. Before long we witnessed a shot with 18 yards more than any throughout the original session. इसके अतिरिक्त, the fade had disappeared and was replaced with a straight ball fighting to draw. The club head direction had changed to an inside path and so had the ball.
Upon seeing these results, Mike wanted to talk a bit. After stating that what he saw was impressive, he turned the discussion to the technology.
“But, all that data, what will we do with it?” Mike asked.
I owe Mike a lot for asking that question, as I was still green behind the ears – new to technology, computers, software development, intellectual properties, patents, and product specs. Terms I now work with on a daily basis. I frequently allow those words to ‘echo’ a start to my day and have allowed them to shape how I share our technology with others.
वास्तव में, those words have been shared with aboutGolf’s Board of Innovation, which is comprised of golf instructors, club fitters, scientists, retired professional players, current professional players and others who have a passion to share their expertise.
We at aboutGolf will benefit from their direction as we develop new technologies and products so you can hit a ball longer after just a ten minute session. और, you can expect aboutGolf, बारी में, to help provide you answer to “what do we do with it?"
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