Golf is a crazy game. It’s even crazier when it’s your business. The game can appear easy if you spend any time watching the best at their craft. However, appearances are often deceiving. Lee Trevino believes the golf swing is the equivalent of a door. “The game is very simple. It's a door. Open it and close it,” he explained. Some day’s players have been known to slam the door shut. Other days they close it quietly. The challenging part is truly knowing what you’re actually doing from one day to the next! Case in point, Tiger Woods’ swing has been analyzed to death. Its one thing to think you know and its completely another to actually have proof to support it.
For example, back at the Quicken Loans event, Woods was telling anybody and everybody his swing and game were close. “I know how close it feels and I know that I just need a couple shots here and there and it turns the tide,” he said. “People don't really realize how close it has been between a person who is winning and a person missing the cut. It's not as big a gap as people might think.” Fast-forward to the Wyndham Championship and his play there started to make a few more believers in him again. Recently crowned world #1, Jordan Spieth managed the unthinkable by missing the cut in his first performance as the proclaimed best of the best. “Tough week. I'm definitely searching for answers,” Spieth responded. “It's not easy, I can tell you that. Even though it may look easy, it's not easy,” said Jason Day after winning the Barclays. “I'm a human, just like everyone else. Things pop into my head. Although it may have looked different, I didn't come out with the most confident feeling that I was going to win.”
Professionals such as Woods, Spieth, Day and Trevino have devoted their lives working on their swing and game in an effort of discovering along the way what works and what doesn’t for them individually. Woods, Spieth and Day are part of the generation that has benefited from technology advancements. Each have had access to some of the top equipment and people to help them uncover the secrets, which Ben Hogan once proclaimed were hidden in the dirt. Essentially we are left to anecdotal accounts of where someone’s game is at and the acid test is the score they shoot or where they finish in a golf tournament. For recreational players it’s even harder to determine when your game might be on the verge of improvement, especially if you don’t spend much time practicing or work with a teacher regularly!
However, something has come along that blends the technical aspect of golf in an effort to support or dispute (perhaps) the anecdotal arguments! For the first-time ever, golfers and instructors will have access to a personal and portable system – for use both on the practice range and on the course – that accurately analyzes the golf swing, while automatically tracking shots from tee to green. It also delivers the analytics directly to a smart phone app and the cloud in real-time. If you ever thought you hit it perfect and it didn’t turn out that way, now there is way to know for sure what might have gone wrong!
San Diego-based Kinetek Sports has introduced its ClubHub swing analysis and shot tracking system. It is a comprehensive golf performance system that allows instructors and coaches to better evaluate and interact with students, from anywhere at any time. The launch coincides with a unique program that allows golfers a limited opportunity to purchase the ClubHub system in advance — at a special VIP price — through a Kickstarter crowdfunding site.
ClubHub (clubhubgolf.com) is scheduled to be available in widespread distribution in the fall, but Kinetek Sports has allocated a limited supply of product for players seeking to become early adopters of the patented new technology starting today. A full ClubHub set will come with 14 sensors, one for each club in the bag that are seamlessly and easily attached to the butt-end of the club and then quickly paired with the smart phone app.
“ClubHub is a breakthrough system that transcends the practice range and golf course, providing players with instant feedback on their game, and giving instructors real-time data to analyze performance,” said John Melican, President, Kinetek Sports.
An authentic performance product for today’s modern golfer, ClubHub is the first and only sensor system to capture real-time swing analysis and shot tracking data for every shot. Golfers simply make a swing and instantly see data on the app, including: club head speed, face angle, angle of attack, tempo and transition angle for every shot struck. Additionally, ClubHub’s shot tracking technology allows golfers to record rounds and scoring stats such as driving distances, fairways hit, greens in regulation and putting.
“Through ClubHub’s lightweight and unobtrusive sensors, golfers can track shot distances and locations during their round, see a 3D video of their swing, record scoring stats from a round and instantly share all swing info and round data with their instructor,” added Melican. “It’s truly a unique way to connect a golfer and a teacher and drive game improvement.”
By viewing the data, instructors can monitor on course swing characteristics and course management skills to help students develop a better all-around game. And, perhaps most important to the game of golf, ClubHub features a unique application that captures data while the golfer is playing a round of golf and then stores it for post-round analysis. This ensures that pace of play is never compromised.
“ClubHub allows golfers to see their game like never before, while enabling golf instructors to track their students’ performance from anywhere,” said Pat Steusloff, CEO, Kinetek Sports. “Now, a golfer can take what they’ve learned or practiced on the range, apply it on the course, and see the results first-hand.”
As an additional feature, ClubHub provides in-depth map views with GPS distances to any point on the hole of any golf course, adding an even greater on-course, game enhancement value to the product.
Golfers or golf enthusiasts interested in being the first to own ClubHub can participate in the Kickstarter campaign located at www.clubhubgolf.com, whereby they can obtain the product, which is in limited supply at the outset of the launch. Golf instructors interested in obtaining more information on ClubHub can contact Ali Proehl
The R&A announced the Great Britain and Ireland team to face the USA in the 2015 Walker Cup match which will be played at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September. A ten-player team and two reserves have been named for the 45th Walker Cup match with a record five Irish players included in the line-up.
GB&I will be aiming to win back the trophy after the USA enjoyed a 17-9 victory in the 2013 match at the National Golf Links of America in Southampton, New York.
Nigel Edwards, who will be captaining the GB&I team for the third time, said, “We have selected a talented group of players who compete at the highest levels of amateur golf and, in some cases, have played in Major Championships and Tour events. The Walker Cup offers these players a tremendous opportunity to display their abilities and gain invaluable experience of playing in international team competition.
“I know there will be players who are disappointed not to have made the team and it has been a difficult decision to make with such strength in depth in the British and Irish game at the moment but we believe we have selected the best players for the team and are very much looking forward to the match.”
Five more players were added by the United States Golf Association to the 10-man squad of the 2015 United States Walker Cup Team. Scott Harvey, 37, of Greensboro, N.C.; Denny McCarthy, 22, of Rockville, Md.; Mike McCoy, 52, of Des Moines, Iowa; Jordan Niebrugge, 22, of Mequon, Wis.; and Robby Shelton, 19, of Wilmer, Ala., will represent the United States Team captained by John “Spider” Miller at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club in Lancashire, England, Sept. 12-13.
These five players chosen by the USGA’s International Team Selection Committee join those who were determined on Aug. 10: 2015 U.S. Amateur champion Bryson DeChambeau, 21, of Clovis, Calif.; Beau Hossler, 20, of Mission Viejo, Calif.; Lee McCoy, 21, of Athens, Ga.; Maverick McNealy, 19, of Portola Valley, Calif.; and Hunter Stewart, 22, of Lexington, Ky.
Southern Methodist University senior Bryson DeChambeau became the fifth player to win the NCAA championship and the U.S. Amateur Championship in the same year Sunday when he claimed the Havemeyer Trophy with a 7-and-6 decision over the University of Virginia’s Derek Bard at Olympia Fields Country Club.
“Having my name etched on this trophy with the great Bob Jones as well as Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, all those guys, it's incredible,” said the 21-year-old from Clovis, Calif., who wears a Ben Hogan-style cap. “I can't even imagine what I just did. It won't sink in, I'm sure, for the next couple days. But I'm honored.”
The 2015 United States Walker Cup Team member, who took individual honors at the Concession Club in Bradenton, Fla., in May for the NCAA title, joins Jack Nicklaus (1961), Phil Mickelson (1990), Tiger Woods (1996) and Ryan Moore (2004) in winning both championships in the same year.
“I'm in golf history,” said the SMU first-team All-American, who is No. 7 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. “That's pretty incredible. I don't understand it yet. I had a little bit of an understanding of what I just did, but I haven't felt the impact of it yet. That's an honor to be in that field.”
COBRA Golf has introduced a new KING LTD Driver. It features a SpacePort design that allowed the brand’s R&D team to strategically position the Center of Gravity (CG) and make COBRA Golf’s key internal speed and stability technologies visible for the first time.
“The KING COBRA franchise is synonymous with the brands’ heritage. Now, the new KING LTD driver is the next generation of product under the KING COBRA name, building upon the legacy created by COBRA Founder, Tom Crow, in 1990,” said Tom Olsavsky, VP Research & Development COBRA Golf. “We knew that if we were going to reintroduce the KING Cobra it had to be something much more advanced and special, incorporating innovative technologies that would only surpass its’ legacy. And we are confident we did that with the KING LTD driver; it is truly game-changing for golfers and fit for a KING.”
For some background on the new design, we take a step back in time. In September 2014, COBRA GOLF teamed up with The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and Nanoracks LLC, on a materials science research investigation that launched on board SpaceX CRS-4 and was on the International Space Station for six weeks. The KING LTD driver features a SpacePort window that is incorporated into the sole of the driver, which was inspired from the Space Station’s cupola module, a 9’ 10” earth and space observation platform. COBRA’S SpacePort window is locked in place by the use of Spiralock thread technology, which is designed to withstand high vibrations and loads during impact without over tightening or loosening.
The SpacePort system consists of a 16-gram Aerospace grade Aluminum dual-purpose weight and translucent port system that allows golfers to view the internal driver technologies. By removing the port, golfers can visually access all the hidden COBRA technologies: 811 Titanium E9 Face, Low CG Hosel, and Textreme Carbon Fiber Crown. In total, there are more than 28 grams of discretionary weight strategically positioned in and around the Port perimeter positioning the CG low and to the back of the clubhead. The Port also removes the necessity for Hot Melt Glue, a sticky substance typically used in drivers to catch internal debris and achieve final club head weight, saving an additional 4-grams; instead, a more efficient solid structured and more precise weight is placed into the head, behind the SpacePort, further optimizing the mass properties. The Port also allows final swing-weight tuning, with 0-12 grams Tungsten weight, at time of build to precisely fit the golfer.
Through key structural component weight reduction and critical placement of the discretionary weight, COBRA Golf said it has created the lowest CG on the driver market today. Depending on the head configuration, the CG is on or below the “Neutral Axis”, a perpendicular line extending back from face center, delivering unprecedented “ZERO CG” technology. The ultra-low CG improves the efficiency of the club head to ball impact, according to the company, and allows golfers to achieve higher ball speeds, higher launch angles and lower spin, all three contribute to distances gains off the tee.
“The KING LTD is the only driver to ever reach below ZERO CG – by combining the Space Port with new materials, the KING LTD reaches optimal performance, never been done before by any other driver to date,” said Olsavsky.
The KING LTD driver is available in five lofts – 9°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5°, and 12° and three draw settings – 9.5°D, 10.5°D and 11.5°D. The KING LTD PRO is also available in five lofts – 7.0°, 7.5°, 8.5°, 9.5°, and 10° and three fade settings: 7.5°F, 8.5°F, 9.5°F. Both options are equipped with an Aldila Rogue Black 60 gram graphite shaft and Lamkin UTX/KING LTD grip. A variety of custom shafts are also available. Availability for KING LTD and KING LTD PRO begins in the US in early November at a suggested retail price of $449.
Medalist Brett Coletta, of Australia, was eliminated and three United States Walker Cup Team players advanced to the second round of match play Wednesday in the 2015 U.S. Amateur Championship on the North Course of Olympia Fields Country Club.
Coletta was defeated by Kyle Mueller, 19, of Watkinsville, Ga., 1 up, in the first round of match play.
Mueller, a second-team All-Big Ten selection from the University of Michigan who is playing in his first USGA championship, raced to a 2-up lead through five holes and increased it to 3 up through 11. Coletta, 19, who recently placed fifth in the Porter Cup and is a member of the Australian national squad, won the 15th and 17th holes to reduce his deficit to one hole but was closed out when the 18th was halved with pars.