Category: Gadgets

Dean Reinmuth with The Swing Coach 5 Fridays Until the Holidays

While everyone else is making New Year’s resolutions about exercising more and losing weight, all the golf lovers out there are making resolutions about improving their swing. Good news is Dean Reinmuth is here to help!

Dean Reinmuth is your coach with The Swing Coach

Dean Reinmuth, a world renowned and multi-awarded top 50 golf coach by both Golf Digest and Golf Magazine can help give you the tips you’ve been missing that have been holding you back from being the best player you can be.

With the help of Dean, this year that can all change. Dean would like to look at your swing, analyze it and give you tips.

New Year, New Swing
The practice club you need to change your game in 2018!

Dean would like to personally help you start off the new year right so you can achieve a new and improved swing! He has coached many top Tour players worldwide for over 25 years, including Ricky Barnes, Hee Won Han, Phil Mickelson, Rory Sabbatini, and Dave Stockton, and now he can share his wisdom with you! Your readers will learn how to swing like a pro this new year through you!

Dean will introduce to you Swing Coach, the game changing practice club he co-created. Swing Coach helps you become a better coach of your own swing. It’s like having Dean Reinmuth in your bag. Swing Coach allows you to learn and self-correct every swing, which helps you correct and improve your swing much quicker. It is the only practice club that allows you to both see and feel the results of your practice swings.

Start off the year right and don’t miss the chance to make your New Year’s resolution come true.

Here are just some of the ways Dean can help you and your audience create a new and improved swing this new year:

Self-Awareness: All good players must have the ability to correct their mechanics at any point during the round. This ability to self correct is the key element to lower scores. Dean can help you develop personal awareness of knowing what your swing is doing and then what your swing should be doing instead. You can’t fix what you are not aware of.
Consistency: Every player hits good shots from time to time. The reason you don’t hit your best shots more often is due to improper technique, such as swing path, swing pace, and improper release. Dean can help you pinpoint where your incorrect technique is which will increase the consistency of your swings.
Proper Swing Pace: Dean will teach you how to develop the feel for proper gradual club head acceleration and show you what it feels like to have great rhythm in your swing. The proper pace rhythm feels like the gradual acceleration of a roller coaster that is gradually picking up speed.
Scoring Shots: The ability to score well is determined by your ability to hit your less than full swing shots close to the hole. Dean will show you personalized adjustments you need to make to your swings to either add more or less distance for your pitch or chip shots.
Distance: Everyone wants more distance or to be able maintain their distance longer as they get older. Dean can help you develop a more consistent swing path and release along with efficient acceleration for greater club-head speed. This will produce more on center of the club contact and that effortless distance you’re looking for that all the best players have.

You can read about swing coach here https://swingcoachclub.com/

The Swing Coach identifies flaws in your swing and helps correct them.

– Kelly Rose, Rose Media

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ProCheck gives you the lowdown on your golf ball What's the real compression? Not all golf balls are the same

ProCheck®, a new device designed for avid golfers who want to maximize distance, checks ball compression instantly and recommends the correct pressure for each golfer’s swing speed. Matching the right compression with a golfer’s swing speed can increase driver distance by as much as 10-20%.

Ask any golfer and they’ll say that their greatest ambition is to hit the ball farther. In a study of 250 players conducted by the Brand institute Inc., on behalf of ProCheck®, 90% of respondents indicated there is a need for a product to check ball compression.
“Callaway has long understood that compression plays a key role in optimizing the performance and consistency of golfers. We at Callaway have tested the ProCheck® golf ball compression tester and found it to be an excellent tool for the consumer. Its readings can help golfers determine the right ball for their game,” stated Jason Finley, Director, Brand Management, Callaway Golf.


“A golf ball’s compression has a significant impact upon how far it will travel, with the golfer’s ultimate goal being to match ball compression with swing speed to achieve maximum distance. The correct compression causes the ball to have the optimum degree of flattening at impact to create a trampoline-like energy transfer and greater distance. When testing a ball, the accurate compression will quickly be displayed on the ProCheck® LED screen.” said John Donahue, President of Golftek LLC, the company that manufactures ProCheck®.

Donahue designed the device after conversations with an avid golfer who complained that with the new, more durable covers, old tired balls still look like new but their compression has changed. He suggested that the game needed such a device.
From there, Donahue put his master’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts to work and developed the ProCheck®.
Golfers with slower swing speeds (under 80mph) should use lower compression balls, while golfers with faster swing speeds (over 100mph) should use higher compression balls to achieve maximum distance. While new balls may have some compression variability, older balls or balls that have been exposed to extreme heat (e.g. stored in the trunk of a car) or cold weather conditions (e.g. stored in a cold garage) experience significant changes in compression.

The ProCheck® device, which was issued a United States patent in May 2017, rivals the top golf ball manufacturers’ highly sophisticated compression testing equipment. In laboratory tests, the ProCheck® produced the same compression measurements as a device costing tens of thousands of dollars that is commonly used in the industry.
For more information on ProCheck® including purchase instructions, please visit https://www.procheckgolf.com/. Each package contains a guide to matching swing speed with the correct ball compression.


About ProCheck’s Technology
The ProCheck® a highly sophisticated ball compression measurement device uses proprietary technology to measure a golf ball’s compression. It has been proven that a golf ball’s compression has a significant impact upon how far it will travel, with the golfer’s goal being to match ball compression with swing speed to achieve maximum distance.
With balls being struck at swing speeds ranging from 70-120 mph, it was critical to develop a device that measures the force on a golf ball in an instant. ProCheck® measures the force over a selected time interval to get an accurate force value. ProCheck® has a high speed micro-processor that captures the force for a tested golf ball, processes the information and displays an accurate reading of its compression to the user.
Most modern golf balls are essentially made of a rubber-like substance (elastomers) and the forces required to compress the ball can change over time or with temperature. ProCheck®’s accurate force measurement detects this change and displays this information to the golfer as bars on the LED screen.

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Shot Scope V2 Announces New Features Distance to hazards and performance tracking added

SHOT SCOPE TECHNOLOGIES has added a hazard feature and an updated Performance Dashboard to its V2 performance tracking watch. All V2 watches will now provide distances to hazards in addition to the existing distances to the front, middle and back of greens and fully automated performance tracking capabilities. This update, delivered remotely to existing users, doubles the on-course functionality of the golf watch and the new Performance Dashboard transforms the off-course experience.

The latest update from Shot Scope enhances the on-course experience provided to users. Dynamic distances, in either meters or yards, show F/M/B distances to both greens and hazards using the highest grade Smart GPS chip commercially available and satellite imagery. Distances are dynamic, changing with angle of approach and every adjustment so that they are optimized for each individual golfer.

The update also includes advanced Penalty Identification, allowing the golfer to classify a penalty on-course, thus significantly reducing post-round editing time. Flagging a “provisional” shot launches a 5-minute timer in order to find the original ball.

Off-course, the Performance Dashboard, which houses over 100 Tour-level statistics, has been relaunched with interactive and immersive data viewing platforms. Unlimited club tracking and comparisons, fairway accuracy for every tee shot, break down the hits and misses of every approach shot, see which short game shots making it into the “red zone” and get your “Never up, Never in” percentage to get to know your putting performance. Hundreds of stats, hundreds of opportunities to improve.
Shot Scope CEO, David Hunter, is delighted to be enhancing the functionality of the product for existing and new customers, “This update really takes the platform to the next level, both on and off the course. On-course functionality has been doubled, and, off-course, the stats pages have been transformed to bring a whole new element of enjoyment to every user’s experience. We can’t wait to hear the feedback from our community and see how it helps improve their game!”

As with all firmware updates, these features fall within the “forever free” promise to existing Shot Scope users of the no-subscription product who continually benefit from product enhancements.

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2018 PGA Show: Most interesting products Technology rules the day

 

Part One – Hard Goods

By Barry Lotz

This year’s show was the busiest and most well-attended Show I have been to in the last five years. It was interesting to see how the economics of the Show have changed. Especially as to how previous long-time exhibitors, particularly the smaller vendors, do not have booths anymore, but attend the Show to meet and greet their customers. Many exhibitors are sharing booth space, as the cost of exhibiting has skyrocketed.

Many of the exhibitors should not be there simply because their products will never gain traction, are gimmicks and the owners do not understand that markets create businesses, businesses don’t create markets.

It’s really a great time to be a golfer! The technology, just over the past few years, has changed radically. The key point is that with all the new products, whether balls, irons, drivers, shoes, putters or wedges, you can and must be custom fitted. Take advantage of all the new technology and products heretofore non-existent and improve your enjoyment and lower your scores.

Drivers today still lead the demand in equipment sales. Now you can find the right shaft and decide what it is exactly that you want out of a driver in terms of dispersion, sound, feel, shot pattern, draw or fade tendency. Seek and ye shall find.

The stars, aka busiest booths of the Show this year, were most definitely Callaway, PING, Cobra, Tour Edge and TNP Shafts.

Callaway’s new Rogue line of drivers, irons, fairway woods, hybrids, putters and wedges are simply their best products to date. Upcoming articles will feature each product line separately.

PING’s new G400Max and Vault Putters drew both retailers and golfers on a continuous stream.

Tour Edge, golf’s best kept secret, was writing orders steadily for their new HL series of clubs.

TNP Shafts had people lining up both on the range at Demo Day and the hitting bays inside the exhibit hall. These shafts are the “hottest” product on the market today, and now that Jason Day won with these shafts, interest has soared for these at $500 apiece.

Cobra’s new F8 One length irons and their F8 driver are poised to garner a larger market share.

The following is a synopsis of twelve products reaping a lot of raves and attention:

GENiUS Golf Ball by Oncore Golf – once fully-developed, will utilize embedded chipset technologies to deliver a brand new golfing experience, help turn you into a better performer, and bring a data and graphical rich description of your shots to your mobile device in real-time.

INPUTT teaches the “inside-to-out” putting stroke, but more importantly, it teaches a golfer to keep the putter face square during the entire stroke. Results are immediate. www.inputtgolf.com.

Bolle Sun Glasses – Quality sun glasses for golfers. www.bolle.com

AccuriStrike golf mat

Acu-Strike Golf Mat– A golf impact training device. www.acustrikegolf.com

CaddyTrek – a new robotic, lightest-powered golf trolley that follows the golfer around the course faithfully. www.caddytrek.com.

AmpCaddy blue tooth speaker

AmpCaddy – A Bluetooth speaker that can be put on a golf cart so golfers can listen to music while they play.

www.ampcaddy.com

ProCheck – a golf ball compression tester

Elixir Golf Balls – The ELIXR™ tour ball is built using a tri-phase architecture that combines proprietary chemical blends and advanced material elements to create the ultimate golf ball.

Shot Scope – a GPS watch with automated performance tracking. www.shotscope.com

TecTecTec – TecTecTec produces technologically-advanced, yet affordable laser rangefinders.

www.us.tectectec.com

Swing Station – A full game training aid in one small package. www.swingstationgolf.com

SuperSpeed Golf training aid – Increases your distance and club speed. www.superspeedgolf.com

All of these products will be further detailed in upcoming articles within their specific categories. Part Two will feature clubs and balls, and Part Three will feature the Soft Goods that were drawing the retail buyers and golfers consistently. Stay tuned.

Barry Lotz, J.D., Ph.D. is the director of the Professional Golf Teachers Association of America. Visit www/facebook.com/PGTAA to see all the latest mental strategies, travel and equipment reviews. He is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America and serves both as a Consultant and Mediator to the golf industry. He is also the author of numerous books, including “333 Best Web Sites for Golfers” and his previous book, “How to Build Business Relationships through Golf”, updated for 2011, is still in the Top Ten Golf Business Book’s best seller list. His latest book, “The Right Mind for Golf”, is now in its 7th reprint is available on Amazon and at the Torrey Pines golf course.

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The need for speed -SuperSpeed Golf builds fast twitch muscles Training regimen promises increased swing speeds and more distance

By Mike Lednovich, Editor & Publisher

ORLANDO, Fl. — You hear it over and over, swing speed equals distance.

But how to you get it and just as important, how do you keep it.

Welcome to “Overspeed training” used by tour pros Phil Mickelson, Graeme McDowell, Charles Howell III and Xander Schauffele.

What is overspeed training?

“Overspeed Training works by getting the body to move at a faster than normal speed during a known motor pattern,” explained Mike Napoleon, President and Founder of SuperSpeed Golf. “Essentially the brain has a set range of speed for the neuro-muscular response when a golfer makes a golf swing. We first need to increase the response speed from the body by reducing the “load” or in this case the weight of the club.

We then need to gradually increase this load to teach the brain that the body is capable of running the motor pattern faster. In our application to golf, we use a club that is about 20% lighter than a driver, one that is 10% lighter, and one that is 5% heavier in order to achieve maximum results from overspeed training.”

The SuperSpeed Golf Training Set includes three clubs with weights instead of club heads. The green is 20 percent lighter than a driver, the blue is 10 percent lighter and the red is five percent heavier.

You swing each club three times as fast as you can, ending with the red club. You then swing left handed and repeat the process.

“On average we see a swing speed of five miles-per-hour,” Napoleon said. “That means more distance. We recommend training three times per week for optimal results.”

Customers also get access to SuperSpeed’s online video training series to maximize the Overspeed training program.

There’s plenty of support on the training program on the internet. Like any exercise regimen, the key is doing it on a consistent basis. We’re starting ours today. We’ll report back after four week.

The video below is Mike Napoleon explaining the level 1 program and how SuperSpeed Golf works.

 

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Big, little things from the PGA Show Nifty one off products that can make a golfer's day

ORLANDO, Fl. — Strolling up and down the aisles of the behemoth convention floor of the PGA Show, you’ll find tucked in little 10X10 display areas lots of products — some good, some bad — fighting for a toehold in the golf industry. Here are a few we especially like:

I-Cover

You know those “Crocs” shoes that are great for the beach or lounging around in, well I-Cover has taken that material and fashioned a nifty line of colorful headcovers that are also very functional.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9Ft3Syk3Cs

First, they go on and off with the squeeze of your fingers.  Second, they’re completely washable with a hose and a cloth. Because I-Cover is made from flexible EVA form materials, it’s light and can fold to fit in your pocket. They feature a on-slip grip and protect both the clubhead and the hosel. It won’t stretch and lose its shape. And, they’re available in a rainbow of cool colors. Available for driver, fairway metals and hybrids. Go to www.golfboen.com

 

Eye Putt Pro

We were amazed at how bad our putting posture was as we tried out the Eye Putt Pro at their booth. The compact training aid enables you to visually learn a consistent putting posture in just minutes. It quickly attaches to your putter and has two elements — a level and a mirror.

Golfers learn repeatable muscle memory by leveling the bubble and then seeing your eyes in the mirror.

Eye Putt Pro’s immediate visual feedback positions your eyes over the golf ball and levels your putter flat to the putting green. Automatically you will also learn proper spine angle, balanced weight distribution and relax your hands below the shoulders where they should be for a pendulum putting stroke.

They say if you want to putt like the pros, learn consistency and confidence you start by practicing with the Eye Putt Pro at home or five minutes before your tee time. It’s like Having your own professional golf instructor conveniently in the golf bag.

Goe to http://www.eyeputtpro.com/

 

 

X Marks The Putt

I was headed to an interview when a voice shouted, “you got 30 seconds?”  As I turned to look, a nice woman followed up with, “come on, you’ve got 30 seconds.”

I was glad I stopped because i Discovered X Marks The Putt — which is essentially a magic marker for greens. Instead of a ball marker, you just dab the marker behind you’re ball. No more fumbling around for that danged marker.

I know, aren’t the greens going to be littered with tiny dots all over the place.

No, because the marker uses a special ink which disappears after 15 minutes. Pretty cool. The ink is also non-staining on skin or clothing.
X Marks The Putt comes with a clip that secures easily to belt or hat.

 

 

 

itsThougthful Golf Bag Beer Glass

Let’s end with a fun item intended more for the 19th hole whether in the clubhouse or your den. It’s the Golf Bag Beer Mug which will bring a smile to your face no matter how bad the round was.

The Golf Bag Beer Glass is a patented glass designed in the shape of a golf bag – with intricate details of a golf bag. For all green jackets, duffers and bag-rats alike.

itsThoughtful, the company behind the beer bag, says it’s “A beer glass that is truly worthy of the 19th hole with the perfect combination of style, function and intricate details (of a golf bag) that any golfer would appreciate. The Golf Bag Beer Glass will deliver an unforgettable 19th hole experience for any golfer.”

It’s available in Clear and Frosted finishes and holds 15 ounces of your favorite beverage.
Machine pressed glass is Dishwasher safe. Go to
https://itsthoughtful.com/products/golf-bag-beer-glass?variant=41997956037

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ProCheck – is your golf ball as advertised? Soft as a grape or hard as a rock can mean a loss of 15% in distance

We watched in amazement as the fellas at ProCheck asked for a ball out of our bag. It was a TaylorMade Noodle that had been unused for quite some time. It’s supposed to be soft and low compression. They popped that Noodle into the ProCheck and with a push of a button discovered my Noodle was now a rock hard Pinacle.

Time does that to a golf ball. Who knew?

“A golfer achieves the maximum energy transfer and the most driving distance if the hardness (compression) of the ball is matched to their swing speed of the club,” said John Donahue. “Golfers with slower swing speeds (60-70 mph) should play softer golf balls, and those with fast swing speeds (100-110 mph) should play firmer golf balls. Matching swing speed with ball compression causes the ball to have the optimum degree of flattening at impact. That flattening creates a trampoline-like energy transfer. Too much flattening or too little reduces the energy transfer. This concept is well understood in the golfing world.”

Donahue said the majority of amateur and recreational golfers aren’t playing the correct golf ball to their swing speeds. He also said not all golf balls in a box of a dozen are the exact same compression.

“Each manufacturer measures compression with a laboratory device called an ATTI. Each manufacturing year’s ball run is assigned an ATTI number based on the average compression of a sample of balls. These compression numbers are published and can be found on the 2016 GBT Technologies pdf website,” Donahue said.  “But here’s the rub. Those numbers are averages and there can be a significant difference from ball to ball, even in the same box. Some manufacturers have tighter control over compression variability than others.”

The ProCheck measures the compression of a golf ball on a scale of very soft to very firm, with three measures in between.

Weather is another factor impacting the compression of the ball.

On a very hot day, the ball loses compression and you should play a harder ball than usual. On a cold day, the ball gets harder and you should play a softer ball to get the maximum distance. So whether you are teeing it up on a Saturday morning with a brand new ball or just reaching into your bag for something white — the compression may be much different than what you want and that will affect your distance by 10-20%. Now you can test your golf ball’s compression with a sophisticated hand held device that will give you confidence that the ball you are playing is right for you. You can be sure the compression of that ball matches your swing speed.

ProCheck is available exclusively on www.revolutiongolf.com

 

 

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Trackers are everywhere – here is DuoTrac

We were in a vendor line and ran across DuoTrac. We’ve used the text from their website and we hope to see it in action on the PGA Show floor this week.

From Coachlabs.com

Analyzing only your swing is not enough. Your body motion affects your club path and control. By improving your body motion and swing together, you can achieve effortless power and tour-player consistency. By improving your hip-sway

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Golf Elevator – the easy answer to keep putter grips dry device fits on the end of the grip and included a ball marker

What’s great about the PGA Merchandise Show is that every year there’s somebody tinkering in their garage comes up with a pretty niffy product.

We ran into the Golf Elevator at Tour Edge’s 13th Annual Media Day at the Lake Nona County Club in Orlando.  The Golf Elevator is essentially a sturdy and durable kickstand for your putter with a built in magnetic ball marker. The device fits snugly into the end of your grip. To use it, pull on the end cap, swivel the stand 90 degrees and there you have it. a ready made stand that keeps the putter grip high and dry.

The Golf Elevator is also easy to remove, so if you replace the grip or buy/change putter, you can install it on the new putter.

The company can also put custom logos on the ball marker.

Golf Elevator retails for $20. Go to https://www.golfelevator.com/

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The Shark Experience will bite badly

Greg Norman – together with partners Verizon, GPSi and Club Car – wants to bring all your home entertainment (news, sports, music, golf tips, etc.) to your golf cart. That’s exactly what he’s pitching to golf courses in 2018 in pursuit of the ever elusive millennial golfer.

Listen up, it’s a very bad idea on many fronts. Here’s why:

Don’t you play golf to get away from all the noise and clutter of your daily life? Chomp, that’s going to be gone because an active streaming tablet in a cart will always grab your attention.

We all know that golf is losing participants because it just takes too long to play 18 holes. I quit playing weekends in Southern California because my average 18 was taking five and half hours and I play fast.  Compounding the problem is courses booking foursomes every eight minutes instead of every 10 to squeeze in more players.

Now imagine foursomes watching Alabama-Georgia football during their round. Or dialing up Norman’s golf tip on getting out of a bunker. Chomp, the shark will add more delays, not speed up play. Can you say six hour round.

As you’re driving to your ball isn’t the point to be thinking about your next shot (distance, hazards in place, etc.)? Chomp, that’s gone because you’ve been watching Foster the People’s latest music video or checking out Bloomberg TV to see how your Apple stock is doing.

 

One aspect of golf is its social component. You’re on a beautiful plot of land surrounded by nature and hopefully you’re engaging with the people in your foursome. Chomp! Ever see a group of four people eating lunch and they’re all staring at their cellphones. Same condition will exist in the golf cart. Instead of being on the tee together, players will hang in their carts until someone yells, “Hey while we’re young!”

And let’s face it, the Shark Experience won’t be free and guess who foots the bill? Chomp, you do. Hey what’s in your wallet? Aren’t green fees already fat enough along with over priced hot dogs, drinks and tipping the bag boy?

Remember texting and driving? How about watching the Shark Experience while going over a narrow bridge or adjacent to a pond or that monster bunker. Chomp, someone distracted is going to get hurt or hurt others.

Finally I have this to say. Do we really need to make regular golf like TopGolf? God help us if the answer is yes.

 

 

 

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