In the last five years we have seen a golf technology explosion. From launch monitors to 3D motion capture systems to ultra advanced video golf swing analysis systems, is the world of golf is experiencing a technology renaissance?
Easy… Yes! And the best part is that this technology is accessible at prices which are more affordable than ever before. That makes technology a realistic option for small golf courses or even individual golfers.
The “big bang for the buck” award goes to the Casio EX-FH100high speed camera. For under $250 this pocket sized beauty can shoot video at up to 1,000 frames per second. Think PGA TOUR’s biz hub swing cam in your pocket.
This is an invaluable tool for golf instructors, but it can also be a fun way for amateur players to get a good look at their swing. Match this camera technology with Interactive Frontiers V1 Ipad app and you have got yourself a pretty slick set up.
If you are prepared to part with a larger chunk of your paycheck, take a look at the K-VEST. For around $5,000 this 3D motion capture system will give you instant bio-feedback on your posture, swing, and everything else in between.
Audible tones let you know if your movements are within PGA TOUR averages while the array of data that K-VEST’s proprietary software provides is sure to keep even the maddest of scientists up well past their bedtime. Buyer beware – this is serious swing analysis. If you are up to the challenge I recommend checking out some of these videos to wrap your brain around 3D motion capture.
Looking for the piece de resistance of golf specific technology out there, voilà, Trackman. A Doppler radar powered launch monitor that actually tracks your golf shots from the moment they leave your club. Statistics like angle of attack, swing path, spin rate, launch angle, carry distance, ball speed, shot pattern, and more are at your fingertips utilizing Trackman’s technology and software. There are many other launch monitors on the market today but what separates Trackman is quality and accuracy. As with most everything you get what you pay for, but if you are prepared to shell out $28,000 for your very own Trackman,you probably already know that.
Warning: technology is only as good as the person who is using it. Do your homework, read a few books, talk to your local PGA professional and develop your own opinion of how important these technology products are to your game. For some they can open up doors to improvement through things like equipment fitting and swing analysis. For others they are just more sources of confusing information that get in the way of the ultimate goal – getting the ball into the hole with the fewest amount of hits.
Oh yeah, and maybe have a little fun too, you Renaissance man.
Editor’s note: GorillaGolfBlog.com does not formally endorse any of these products – in fact we are much more interested in the internal aspects of the game. There is nothing like a relaxed easy swing to make a heart twitter…