Whether you’re working by yourself or with a golf instructor, a golf swing analyzer can be an invaluable golf training aid to help diagnose and correct problems. Swingbyte just introduced the second generation of their golf swing analyzer, which includes a redesigned lightweight sensor. The product features a new latching mechanism that makes it easier to attach the Swingbyte to any club. It also offers a new alignment aid that allows users to easily orient Swingbyte 2 for consistent data session to session. The new Swingbyte 2 sensor also features a lower profile, an electronic power switch and covert LED lights.
The Swingbyte 2golf swing analyzer captures key metrics from a golf swing and wirelessly transmits that data and an interactive visual representation of the swing to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth. The 3-D golf swing analysis and metrics can be used by the golfer or with the assistance of a PGA instructor.
The new Swingbyte 2 weighs less than one ounce and attaches to any club just below the grip. As the club contacts a ball, the wireless sensor transmits a 3D digital version of the swing to the Swingbyte app. Digitized and video recorded images of the swing – along with measurements of club head speed, swing plane, face angle, loft and lie angles and tempo – can be viewed on smartphones and tablets during practice sessions and archived in the cloud for future reference.
“The new sensor makes the entire user experience with Swingbyte even easier so golfers can improve faster,” said Brian Payne, a former PGA Professional and a Swingbyte co-founder.
Swingbyte’s namesake product, released in April 2012, was hailed by Golf Digest as one of the “12 Coolest Items” at the 2012 PGA Show. Since its introduction, a number of top 100 instructors, including Dr. Jim Suttie, Chris O’Connell, Brad Redding and Kevin Weeks, have joined Swingbyte’s professional advisory board.
Swingbyte also recently unveiled an enhanced 2.0 version of its free mobile app for iPad. New features include the ability to record in-app video that auto-trims unnecessary footage and synchronizes recorded swings to Swingbyte’s 3D visuals and data. The Swingbyte golf training aid now provides golfers and instructors with the unique ability to accurately track the body and club throughout the swing. Both the original model and Swingbyte 2 sensors are compatible with the recently released 2.0 software.
Swingbyte 2 retails for $149 and includes the Swingbyte sensor, the free Swingbyte app and an online account at my.swingbyte.com, which includes additional analytics, community rankings and personal trends.
If you’ve got a 3D camera, such as the Microsoft Kinect for Windows, you can now have your golf swing immediately analyzed and compared to top PGA professionals using a revolutionary golf training aid. Guru Training Systems recently announced their new My Swinguru, which is an intuitive and interactive golf swing analysis software tool that enables self-learning through video recognition.
A golfer simply takes a swing in front of a 3D camera and My Swinguru provides instantaneous visual and audio feedback, detects flaws and recommends customized drills for rapid game improvement. The golfer can also compare his swing to top professional golfers.
More than just video analysis software, My Swinguru is designed to be used in golf simulators, hitting bays, recreational centers, training facilities, retail shops, events or even at home in your garage or in your living room.
“The launch of My Swinguru is an incredible milestone for our company. My Swinguru is our best and most comprehensive software yet. It’s a completely new engine and redesigned interface based on customer feedback from the past 2 years and made everything better: performance and accuracy, user experience, flaws detection, graphics. And it’s still version 1.0, our roadmap is full of future exciting add-ons. We managed to transform gesture recognition technology into a powerful yet simple and easy to use swing analysis software, with no extra expensive hardware required” said CEO Sébastien Wulf.
My Swinguru brings golf swing analysis software into a brand new era for all golfers who want to improve their game. Guru Training Systems is a leading software company that specializes in digital learning, training and teaching golf solutions. The product is available for a 30 day free-trial on the Swingguru website.
If you’re looking to take the next step towards a better golf swing, the answer could soon be in your hands. Illinois-based NewSpin Golf recently announced an innovative golf swing analyzer called SwingSmart that provides in-depth information on critical elements of a golfer’s swing.
The product includes a Bluetooth-enabled sensor module that is attached to the shaft of any golf club. The wireless device then communicates a digital swing analysis via a free app for iPad, iPhone or iPod devices. The SwingSmart was just named “Best App for Instant Feedback” by GOLF Magazine.
The SwingSmart is highly powerful tool with the ability to quickly identify helpful data and instantly transfer it to a user’s iPhone or iPad. With the SwingSmart, you’ll see valuable statistics about your golf swing such as tempo, swing speed, face angle and angle of attack. The app provides a “3-D Swing-View” that shows 360-degrees of a player’s swing motion, highlighting the exact route of the club head from any angle. In addition, the system provides info on a player’s putting stroke to help them improve their short game scoring.
“We worked very hard to bring this product to market and are extremely proud to see our innovative technology recognized for the benefits it provides golfers of all skill levels,” says Angelo Papadourakis, CEO of NewSpin Golf. “SwingSmart delivers instant access to detailed, easy to interpret information that will lead to lasting performance improvement.”
Designed and assembled in the USA, SwingSmart’s portable sensor module comes with a personal carrying case and rechargeable battery that lasts more than four hours. Recognized by PGA Professionals as a way to augment lessons, the app is available for free download via the iTunes store and will soon be offered on the Android Marketplace.
The SwingSmart is available for purchase online for $249.99. For more information, visit the SwingSmart website.
A new golf technology device could have the answer to what’s happening in your golf swing. Swingbyte is a new swing feedback device that garnered a great deal of attention at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando earlier this year. It’s also a pioneering pairing of your golf swing and your smartphone or tablet.
Swingbyte itself is a lightweight sensor that you can attach to the shaft of any golf club that communicates your swing via Bluetooth to your Apple or Android smartphone or tablet. The product provides a real-time 3D rendering of your golf swing from any angle, along with detailed statistics of your swing such as club head speed and impact angle. The Swingbyte information and graphics are a perfect golf improvement tool for golf instructors and golfers themselves, providing your golf club’s exact plane from address to impact.
Swingbyte was developed by three University of Chicago students who were inspired to find a new way to utilize smartphone technology to analyze the golf swing. Their Swingbyte product was named a top 3 Winner of the Chicago Booth 2011 New Venture Challenge – one of the top student business plan competitions in the United States.
“Swingbyte is a simple, convenient and affordable way for golfers to learn about their golf swing and improve their game,” said Brian Payne, a former winner on the Canadian PGA Tour who is vice president of business development for Chicago-based Swingbyte. “We think it’s going to be a great resource for golfers and golf teachers.”
Swingbyte is now available and can be ordered online for $149 at Golfsmith. The Swingbyte app is available on both the iOS and Android platforms.
Located in a golf playground known as Play18 Chicago on the 3rd floor of a downtown highrise is the golf swing training device that is changing the way golf is taught and learned. For every golfer who has invested thousands of hours and dollars in golf lessons, practice, and video review, the TourBound Golf Robot Swing Trainer could be your holy grail.
Backed by a 100% money-back guarantee, the Golf Robot from Tourbound Golf Academy is a remarkable system that helps the golfer learn the golf swing by feel. Golf instruction guru Hank Haney believes the TourBound Golf Robot Swing Trainer will revolutionize how golf is learned.
I recently had the privilege to experience a lesson utilizing this remarkable swing training technology with PGA Professional and Golf Robot owner Scot W.R. Nei at Play18 Chicago.
Utilizing a rotating mix of swings using the TourBound Golf Robot Swing Trainer and Play18’s swing-analysis driving bays, Scot was able to quickly diagnose my most significant swing flaws. He then calibrated the Golf Robot to actually allow me to experience what my corrected swing should feel like. Just grab the club on the Golf Robot and literally feel the correction being made – it’s that simple.
Scot’s program included roughly ten swings on the Golf Robot and then ten swings in the driving bays where we would track my ball trajectory and distance. As I learned the correct feel during the guided Golf Robot swings, it was then second nature to translate that swing in the driving bay without aid from the swing trainer. It’s muscle memory at its finest and is a remarkably stress-free way to learn the golf swing.
Using this approach Scot has helped people from all walks of life who’ve never swung a golf club enjoy the game of golf with a single lesson. In addition to golf beginners, Scot uses the TourBound Golf Robot Swing Trainer with Tour players to help them optimize and recalibrate the “feel” of their golf swing, maximizing their learning and practice time.
The TourBound Golf Robot Swing Trainer is definitely the most advanced and most effective golf improvement device I’ve ever experienced. It literally gives your brain a road map of your perfect swing on the same path, building new muscle memory with every swing on the device. You can expect to hear a lot more in the coming months from the TourBound Golf Robot Swing Trainer as the news of its ground-breaking technology and results continues to build.
If you watch CBS television broadcasts of the PGA Tour, you’re probably familiar with Peter Kostis’ golf swing analysis using the Konica Minolta Biz Hub Swingvision high speed cameras. The vivid clarity of this technology is extremely beneficial in allowing Kostis to point out the subtle changes and key positions throughout the golf swing.
One company is working to help bring the important benefits of high speed cameras to the golfing public. Igolping is a Fremont, California-based company that recently won the award for best simulator at the Professional Golf Association Expo in Las Vegas.
The Igolping system consists of high-speed cameras that capture the golf swing in an extremely fluid and detailed fashion. A golfer then can watch their swing and analyze their improvement with unique statistical information such as ball trajectory, speed and acceleration. In addition, the Igolping system illustrates the plane of the golf swing, the angle of attack and the path of the clubface. All of this feedback is an invaluable tool to the golfer and their golf professional as they diagnose areas for improvement.
The technology behind the Igolping system is what sets it apart from the competition. A high-density radar system tracks the golf ball up to 250 yards when used outside, providing extended trajectory analysis that is essential in understanding the flight of the golf ball.
In addition to the obvious golf teaching and improvement application, the Igolping system also provides a fun and entertaining gaming platform that allows up to eight golfers to choose from over 70 courses around the world and play a virtual tournament. Golfers can set their gender, handicap and even tee location along with the time of day, weather, ground conditions and pin difficulty.
Winter is the time when golfers in cold weather climates usually turn their thoughts toward golf simulators. As this market grows, so does the technology and the level of realism.
Interactive Sports Technologies, a leading developer of golf simulators, has recently launched a series of spectacular High Definition Golf™ simulator models that feature curved “wrap-around” screens. This stunning new technology offers a wider field of view and enhanced high resolution graphics. The realism offered by these new wide screen simulators makes it easy to forget that you’re playing golf indoors.
These High Definition Golf™ systems also offer many options including a Professional Golf Instruction Studio, which includes an automated video swing analysis featuring Jim McLean’s 8-Step swing system, a complete suite of tools for club fitting and equipment comparison as well as live Internet play featuring real-time audio and video. Now you can play in a real-time virtual golf tournament in the comfort of your own home!
These new golf simulatos lean heavily on state-of-the-art technology to power amazing effects such as highly accurate ball & club tracking and measurement systems, realistic golf courses and intuitive touchscreen interfaces. You can even connect a game console to your golf simulator for the ultimate video gaming experience.
Virtual golf courses available include Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pinehurst, Kiawah Island, Spyglass Hill, Doral, Harbour Town, Troon North, Bethpage, Banff Springs and many others. Every tree, bunker and hazard is faithfully reproduced exactly as you would see it playing the actual course. For more information visit the High Definition Golf website. www.HDgolf.com.
If you can’t visit your golf course due to winter weather, the P3ProSwing might be the next bext thing. The P3ProSwing is a golf-swing analyzer, instructional aid and simulator that is used by golf instructors, club fitters and individual golfers.
The P3ProSwing provides a golfer or golf professional exact launch angle and video capture. This in-depth swing analysis information is a great tool for instructors, club fitters and players who seek a comprehensive understanding of their individual swing and are looking to lower their golf scores.
In addition to its capabilities as a swing analysis tool, the P3ProSwing also includes an entertainment package with three competitive features: long drive, closest-to-the-pin and hole-in-one contests. This is a great feature to help you enjoy the game of golf all year long.
The P3ProSwing’s computer graphics show the golf ball’s flight path and actual landing location, whether in the rough, on the fairway or the green. The system allows up to a foursome to play a round of golf on the included golf course, with the opportunity to add additional courses.
P3ProSwing, a Technology Partner of the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance in Port St. Lucie, Fla., will be on display in booth #1759 at the PGA Merchandise Show. This major golf event takes place at the Orange County Convention Center on January 26-28 in Orlando, Florida.
It’s time to take your golf game to a new level with the latest in virtual golf technology. Tour Golf Online, from leading online game publisher, GamesCampus.com could be the next best thing to actually being on the golf course.
Tour Golf Online boasts some of the most spectacular life-like graphics currently available in online gaming. Virtual golfers will be blown away by one of the most advanced golf training areas ever seen in an online golf game. Tour Golf Online also boasts highly realistic weather and intricately detailed golf gear.
You’ll virtually step in the shoes of a competitive pro golfer on tour with life-like climates, detailed environments and state-of-the-art golf clubs and high-tech golf gear. This game replicates even the most minute details of the professional golf swing, creating a new standard in golf video games.
Tour Golf Online is scheduled for release in 2012, but you can learn more about this highly anticipated golf game at FaceBook.com/TourGolfOnline.
The mile high club for golfers could take on a whole new meaning if the folks at Airbus can fulfill their vision. The European aircraft manufacturer recently released illustrations for a see-thru plane that would include a golf simulator. In addition to the ability to play a round of virtual golf 30,000 feet in the air, this Airbus concept plane would also feature shape-shifting seats, aromatherapy, antioxidant-enriched air, and transparent walls.
The only downside? The projected release date for this high-tech version of Augusta with wings is 2050. So if you’re really interested in swinging a golf club as part of the mile high club, be prepared to wait a few years.
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