Fix Your Golf Swing in 3D with Swingbyte

SWINGBYTE

SWINGBYTEA 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.

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How Science Is Improving The Golf Swing

GOLF_SWING_SCIENCEHow can science improve your golf swing? Some Stanford University researchers believe their digital cameras have captured the perfect golf swing. The key question is whether that knowledge can be transferred to your golf swing.

PGA professionals have known for a long time that proper technique within the golf swing is critical to ball speed. No matter the size or the strength of the golfer, a swing without solid technical elements will lose much of its force. Even at the age of 61, five-time British Open winner Tom Watson can hit a ball with more power, and farther, than fit competitors half his age.

In a high-tech analysis of golfers, a research team identified several key biomechanical factors that produce power, separating the elite professionals from the duffers. At the university’s Motion and Gait Analysis Lab, 10 pros used a 5 iron to swing at ping-pong balls on a linoleum floor, wearing only shorts and dozens of tiny silver light-reflecting balls. The volunteers were all Stanford alumni and included Will Yanagisawa, a Hawaii Pearl Open winner, and former pro Notah Begay, who is now an analyst with the Golf Channel.

Eight cameras made a digital record of their bodies during the golf swing, then compared the data to less reformed swings of amateurs. The team found that professionals’ swings are highly consistent, virtually indistinguishable from each other. And the pros, unlike the five amateurs who also volunteered in the study, always initiated their downswing by rotating their hips.

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Golf Swing Fix – How to Swing Like You Practice

SWING SUNSETWhy are most golfers able to make a beautiful practice swing and then lose that rhythm in their actual swing? According to leading PGA professional Dr. Jim Suttie, the main reason is that the “hit” impulse comes into play. The hit impulse can be described as the golfer’s desire to hit at an object instead of simply swinging through an area.

Good players have what we call “incidental” contact. In other words, the ball just gets in the way of the swinging club. Sometimes, the golf swing can be a difficult thing to master.

For example: (1) We are standing to the side of the object to be hit instead of facing the target; (2) We are asked to focus on three things at the same time: the swing, hitting the ball, and the target; (3) We are asked to use an underhand, sidearm throwing action to hit the ball; (4) We are using a long stick with a small clubface on it, which requires the golfer to constantly repeat and come through an impact area that demands a very small margin of error; and (5) Finally, the clubface must be square to the target at impact.

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Fixing The Golf Swing In Your Brain

GOLF BRAIN SWINGAlthough the ball never moves, virtually everything else during a golf swing. In fact, the most active part of your body during your golf swing is actually your brain.

The best way for an individual of my limited mental capacity to understand how our brain works in a golf swing is to realize that for the purposes of swinging a golf club, our brain is not one big brain, but a million little ones. Each small brain has a specific job while working in conjunction with the rest of the other brains.

For example, the brain that controls the right index finger works in conjunction with the rest of the brains that control the right hand. They in turn work with the other brains that control the other body parts involved with the activity. So in a sense we swing the golf club by committee. If you try to take that line of logic one step further, I guess it would be fair to say that the best way to swing a golf club is to not start a fight within the committee.

Without question, the most frequent instigator of the battles that occur within the committee of brains responsible for swinging the golf club is the eyes. We call it “visual interference.” Rather than swing the club in circle around our body, our vision perceives a straight line to the target, and we route the club on the perceived straight line to the target. This always causes a mis-hit shot. The solution to this problem is to not allow the eyes to interfere once the club is in motion. Don’t try to steer the club to the target. Swing the golf club through the ball and let the club face take care of direction.

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How Much Can Technology Actually Help Your Golf Swing?

PROSWINGHow much can technology actually help your golf swing? Technological improvements in golf are as common as a three putt. In fact, golf could be the one sport that is most affected by advances in technology.

One product that has generated quite a buzz recently is the P3ProSwing, which allows golfers to receive instant feedback with any club, with or without a golf ball. The P3ProSwing system consists of a high tech sensing platform and software that captures information from 65 optic elements to create a visual representation of a golfer’s swing data. Used with any club, P3ProSwing provides a complete swing analysis and golf simulation system for golfers of all levels.

“We have been working with P3ProSwing for two years now, and we are seeing the benefits,” Troy Boone, Head Golf Coach at Messiah College said. “The P3ProSwing allows more effective instruction, easy play and practice during the winter, and instant feedback. The P3ProSwing has also made a huge difference in our recruiting efforts.”

“We love working with colleges and hearing their success stories,” said Jay Russo, Partner and Managing Director of P3ProSwing. “There’s a reason that the PGA Center for Learning and Performance has chosen P3ProSwing as a Technology Partner. Golf swing analysis is a powerful game improvement tool, and we want to help golfers equip themselves with the best technology available.”

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Here’s a Quick Way to Fix Your Golf Swing

DIVOT MAT
How many times have you hit a golf shot and then were dumbfounded by the result? You thought you were doing one thing and the golf ball reacted completely different. The good news is you’re not alone. The bad news is that unless you’re playing with your PGA professional, it can be difficult to diagnose what actually went wrong at impact.

However, I’ve recently found a pretty valuable new tool to help figure out what’s going on with my golf swing. It’s called the DivotMat and it’s a really simple, helpful practice tool that gives you immediate, intuitive, easy to understand feedback on your swing at the point of impact.

The DivotMat basically tracks your divot, clearly showing your swing path and how your club hit the ball. By actually seeing what’s happening at impact you now have precise information to test your swing and develop more consistency.

You can learn more about DivotMat at www.divotmat.com.

Why Your Success in Golf Begins With Your Grip

Golf GripYou’ve probably heard the saying “it all begins with the grip”. Unlike many cliches, this one is actually quite true for a successful golf swing.

Your odds of hitting a quality golf shot are minimal without proper preparation. No golfer can make a solid impact without the necessary swing arrangements, including good grip, posture, alignment and ball position.

Of paramount importance to consistent, powerful impact is to grip the club properly. Without placing your hands properly on the handle of the club it is impossible to make a graceful and effective swing that repeats all the time.

You do not control the club with your feet, knees, hips, shoulders or other parts of your body. Hands are the only means to control the club as it is connected to your hands.

Your grip provides the only physical connection with the club, affecting every aspect of your swing. Along with the distance and accuracy of the shot, how the shot feels at impact is greatly influenced by your grip.

Importantly, proper grip comprises more than 80 percent of a good golf swing and a flawed grip is usually the root cause of a variety of chronic swing problems.

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Easy Golf Fitness Steps to Build a Better Golf Swing

GOLF FITNESS

As most of us who are experiencing winter are forced to realize, watching golf on TV is a poor substitute for playing the game. Despite how much we dream about hitting the same shot over the ocean at Pebble Beach that Phil is faced with, golf is not only played in the mind. Sooner or later, spring will arrive and we’ll need to sync our golf minds and actual golf body.

The problem is, without a consistent fitness routine, it’s easy for our bodies to lose the physical components such as flexibility, strength, and stability that play a huge role in the execution of a biomechanically efficient golf swing.

Research of the golf swing supports the body-swing connection, which states the following: in order to execute a biomechanically efficient golf swing, certain levels of flexibility, mobility, stability, strength, and power are required of the body. If the body is lacking in any one or a number of the physical components required of the golf swing, the ability to execute an efficient golf swing will be impeded.

Unfortunately, golf swing fundamentals are easily lost over the course of a 5-6 month winter. In addition, much of what our body learned in terms of flexibility, mobility and stability will evaporate as well if not maintained.

The reality for many amateur golfers is that a “disconnect” exists relative to the body-swing connection, where physical parameters such as flexibility or stability are lacking thus creating a situation where the ability to execute a biomechanically efficient swing will not occur. Regardless of how much time and effort is spent practicing and on instruction, if the physical parameters required to execute the golf swing are absent, the ability to execute the golf swing will be impeded.

Unfortunately, in such situations where physical dysfunctions are impeding one’s ability to execute the golf swing, the development of swing faults occur. A primary example of a swing fault associated with physical limitations is an “over the top” move during the down swing. Research points to a lack of mobility in the hips and core stability as key physical components causing this type of compensation within the execution of the golf swing.

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