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When it comes to golf, the word Wii has essentially been spelled Wie as in Michelle. However, that looks to be changing as Data Design Interactive’s new “My Personal Golf Trainer” game for Wii features none other than swing analysis and lessons by David Leadbetter.
Incorporating the Wii Balance Board and new for 2009 Wii MotionPlus Controller, this game is the first to analyze the full golf swing in 3D space and give feedback to include weight transfer, grip, posture, alignment, swing path, angle at impact, swing speed, ball position, coil, tempo and more.
Using Leadbetter’s 7 Steps to a Better Golf Swing, “My Personal Golf Trainer” offers instructional videos and drills to help players improve their swing. It offers instructional videos and drills within each of these seven basics, so players can work to improve their swing step-by-step and then graduate from training mode to the practice range and onto a full 18-hole game. Within the 18-hole game, after each shot the golfer has the option to have feedback from Leadbetter and suggested drills for improvement.
The “My Personal Golf Trainer” is so sophisticated that it records the full golf swing from address to backswing; impact to follow through, in the full four dimensions. It then offers the opportunity to compare the users own swing with an ideal swing to identify areas for improvement. This can be displayed in 3D, and the user can view their swing from different angles, and animated slowed down or sped up for detailed analysis. Taking advantage of the new MotionPlus controller, which was just introduced in June 2009, “My Personal Golf Trainer” is the first golf game to actually record and analyze the full golf swing. To date, a few golf devices have given feedback on clubhead speed and angle of impact, but they are pricey and do not include analysis of weight transfer, swing plane or tempo, and do not offer individualized instruction and suggestions for improvement. It’s the equivalent of a virtual launch monitor but with swing tips.
“My Personal Golf Trainer” will be available in October at golf shops and computer game retailers, such as Best Buy and Wal-Mart for $50. To learn more about Data Design Interactive and its “My Personal Trainer” series, visit www.my-personal-trainer-game.com