TECHNOLOGY WITHIN COACHING
It is inevitable that as we push the boundaries of what can be done with technology some of this new tech will find its way into the golf industry. Coaching as a whole has embraced this and many coaches around the globe now use technology to help them achieve the best results for their students. Not only is technology more widely used, we are not far away from a time when it is almost expected on the lesson tee!
Just 25 years ago even having a golf lesson with a video camera was a rarity, now we have high speed video, launch monitors, pressure mats and 3D systems, so what do i use within my coaching and why?
BODITRAK - BodiTrak is a pressure mat which allows me to see just how a golfer distributes their weight at set up and how they are pushing on the ground via their feet through the golf swing. How a golfers moves their pressure is almost like a fingerprint and can be unique to the golfer. Changing this pattern though can have huge effects on the resulting shot, in some cases i have been able to change the entire ball flight just by talking to a student on how they move their pressure through the swing. There are some basic guidelines that i look for when measuring a golfers pressure. At set up id prefer to see 55% - 45% of the weight favouring the lead foot with an iron club. I would then like to see a golfer move their pressure around 80% to their trail leg in the backswing, at impact again id like to see 80% but this time favouring their lead leg. With a vast amount of energy and power being created by a correct pressure shift, the pressure mat technology has significantly helped me se exactly what a golfer is doing with their weight, and in turn help many students achieve a common goal or more distance.
So as you can see i am certainly one of the coaches who has embraced technology and there aren't many sessions where i don't use any, that being said, there aren't many lessons, if any, where i use all of my tools together.
For many golfers the idea of being measured in this detail can be daunting, and the common myth is that a lesson involving technology will be complicated, more difficult and hard to get their head around, in reality its often the complete opposite. The technology i use allows me to better understand exactly what is happening in a golf swing, the better i understand something, the more simply i can communicate it and the quicker the learning process.