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Finding a Lost Gadget Diagnosed 2 Easy to Cure Swing Flaws

Have you ever cleaned out a closet or looked through old boxes to find something valuable you forgot you owned? If you are like me, cleaning the garage can always produce an old training aid long forgotten, the swingyde, a golf fan power trainer, the speedstik, etc.  I normally chuckle or swing the aid a few times and put it up.  Last week, I may have struck gold when going through an old drawer.

While putting away Christmas presents, I found my Golfsense sensor from 2013-14. I used it a handful of times, but for some reason, I never fully integrated it into my routine.  I also thought the measurements were off.  What I am finding out with devices like the optishot and Golfsense is the measurements aren’t what is off.  My perception of my swing is off.  I decided to try the sensor again during my planned full swing session.

The information from the session with the tracker proved invaluable. My device is a couple years old, so the updated version from Zepp includes numerous additional features.  The app for my device mainly measures club plane, hand plane, backswing, and tempo.  The first handful of swings showed me my swing plane is not as consistent as it should be, my tempo is way too fast, and my backswing was short.  Consistency comes from continued practice, so I used the information to work on my tempo and backswing.

I focused on tempo to increase the swing score on the app. The score is an arbitrary measurement of the quality of each swing.  However, scoring each swing is a great way to create a game for focus on each shot.  My temp tends to be quick.  The app indicates 3:1 is the ideal tempo, but I started around 2.3:1.  Working on my weight shift last summer along with my natural tendency to rush my shots was clear with the numbers.  I took a handful of deliberate swings and achieved the 3:1 ratio.

The backswing number took more time to work on. I assumed it somehow read my shoulder turn, but the recommendation is 270 degrees.  270 is not humanely possible, and when I turned more, the number didn’t dramatically change.  After reading a little further, I realized the backswing number measured the club at the top compared to address position.  The tracker basically measured wrist hinge combined with turn.  I wasn’t hinging my wrists near what I needed.  I incorporated the slower tempo and hinged my wrists more to get closer to 270 degrees.  My best efforts ranged from 240-250, but the app indicated those numbers were in the proper range.

Great numbers with easy fixes in 1 session was nice, but the real question is whether that has an effect on ball flight. I have not made it to the range due to the snow, but I hit foam balls into a screen that night.  The numbers looked good and the ball looked to have a higher trajectory.  My angle of attack improved due to the wrist hinge.

My next test happened a few days later on the optishot. After a few warm up swings, I was able to produce similar improved numbers on the simulator’s range.  I then played a round.  The numbers stayed reasonable, and while I got quick at times, my improvements seemed to stick.  My round score wasn’t perfect, but I shot reasonably well.

My only criticism is the measurements don’t take into account face angle. I could make a reasonably good swing, but my clubface could be a little more open or closed.  The sensor doesn’t account for some of that variation.  I did find it difficult to have a good score and hit the ball terrible.  Working with this sensor helped me with immediate feedback and improve 2 important areas of my game.  I plan to continue to use it to help with my tempo and hinge.  I believe improving those areas will drastically improve my GIRs.  I can add club face work in as these numbers become even more consistent during practice.  1 device won’t solve everything, but the Golfsense sensor definitely helped my game.

A good winter cleaning is a good place to start looking for training aids. Stay warm.

Discover Some of Golf’s Emerging Technology

Golf Channel cuts away and on the TV someone screams “BOOM!” The next 30 seconds make you feel like your golf game couldn’t live without the product on the screen.  Every famous golf instructor sells something during the commercials.  Are any of the products worth it?  I have no idea, but I did find some interesting newer products to check out that could help your game.

 

IOFIT Golf Shoes:

This is an interesting product. Shoes that measure lower body movement to help become more efficient.  Sean Foley, among many others, states the golf swing starts from the ground up.  These shoes look like they could help immensely.  Information overload may happen, but I always want more info.  They already hit their funding goal on kickstarter.  You can check them out here:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1325722173/iofit-the-first-smart-shoes-to-improve-your-golf-g

 

Copy Me Golf:

Sports psychologists talk about visualizing shots and success. The more the subconscious sees an action, the easier the action is to repeat.  Copy Me Golf created a FREE iPhone app using that theory.  You download the app and either use one of the golf models in their library or load in your own video.  The instructions have you watch a swing repeated 30 times to music.  They encourage using a VR box to focus better.  The designers indicate watching the correct movements will subconsciously transition our swings to the model.  Copy Me Golf says Olympic Swimmers use similar technology.  For free, I definitely plan on trying it.  I will even splurge for the $10 VR box from Amazon.  Here is the info:  http://www.copymegolf.com/

 

Ultra Base Systems:

Do you want a backyard putting green without excavating everything? I want a backyard green, but I have unique access issues.  I scoured the internet for ideas to build my own putting green, and UBS looks like a great option.  The system is a series of interlocking base units that turf attaches to.  They manufacture artificial turf with a few premade designs under pro putt systems and tour links.  However, you can use any turf with the bases.  This looks like a reasonable DIY project.  Check it out:  http://ultrabasesystems.com/

 

Pocket Bunker:

Everyone wants to get up and down from the sand. However, most people don’t have the means to practice often.  Pocket Bunker attempts to solve that problem.  The designers are fully funded on Indiegogo, and the product is intriguing.  More practice would be helpful, and this looks like it could help.  Info is here:  https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/pocket-bunker-portable-golf-bunker-training-aid-sport-home#/

 

If you see any good technology or infomercials, add them to the comments. Enjoy a great round this weekend!