Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Golf Swing Analysis Revolutionized

How many times have you read or seen the claim of hitting the golf ball 30 yards longer? I know I see it regularly and I typically don't spend much time reading about it because they're usually bogus golf claims.

Well I've been in contact with a golf related company off and on over the last 6 months that has been developing something that will revolutionize the golf swing analysis industry. They have developed a software program that will take launch monitor data and provide you with the optimal flight pattern to get the most out of your drives.

This may not seem revolutionary, but if this software program stated that you'd gain 20 yards on your drive by changing to a golf ball with a lower spin rate wouldn't you do it?

How many of you have had your golf swing analyzed by a golf pro with a launch monitor? The golf pro will look at the numbers and provide recommendations for equipment, balls, etc... What the golf pro is doing is using a general guideline as to put your launch monitor numbers in. This is an educated guess and not an exact science.

You now have the ability to take those numbers and plug them into a software program that will provide you with scientific results of the numbers. This program was written by an internationally recognized authority in high-speed aerodynamics and aerothermodynamics who holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees. So basically he knows his stuff when it comes to objects that fly in the air.

You should check them out at Quality Golf Stats. They're providing a free analysis of your launch numbers for the first 25 golfers.

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1 comment:

Todd Kos said...

You post really captures the essence of what OptimalFlight is and I appreciate the write up. Actually, OptimalFlight is an excellent compliment to any driver fitting service utilizing launch monitor feedback. The information golfers can take home with them from fitting sessions these days are extremely limited. OptimalFlight can help validate what those numbers are and actually aid launch monitor operators in making sure their equipment is operating correctly. Nothing upsets a customer more than a bad fitting from unreasonable numbers and spending a lot of money on equipment that won't stay in their bag.

The attached reports illustrate your launch condition at various spin levels. Let's say you had a high spin problem at 4,000 rpm - the driver carry would be approximately 263.5 yards. The 2 additional ballflight examples show what would happen if spin was significantly reduced (by a changes in your swing, driver equipment, tee setup, or all of the above): 3,000 rpm spin (278.7 yds) and an optimal result of 2400 rpm (280.4 yds, gain of almost 18 yards). By reviewing the Optimal Spin Profile graph at the bottom, you can see how the distance results vary for different spin rates and is the equivalent of hundreds of graphs in one plot. This chart makes it very clear where you want your spin to be. see for more details. Top professionals with optimal driver launch conditions will have their spin result on the left of the optimal spin profile peak, to allows the ball to bore through a headwind more effectively than a ball with 500-800 more spin.