When many golfers feel that they have a problem with their golf swings they feel that they need to go to a golf instructor, which is not an unreasonable conclusion. In a recent article in golf magazine Titleist described the very advanced swing analysis system they are using for instruction. The computer tracks the different parts of the body and their actions during the golf swing. From this system they find that the various sections of the body for the better player follow In a sequence through ball impact. The system follows each sections of the body individually. The timing of this sequence is an individual characteristic for each player. The first section is the hips, the second is the torso, the third are the arms and the fourth is the club. Most any teacher can use video or visual analysis to identify the proper sequencing of these elements for any player to some degree. Even with the sophisticated system that Titleist is using it is difficult to see all of the swing faults that may be in this swing visually, even with the aid of a high speed video. To pinpoint the swing fault it is necessary to use a digital recording system to identify the faults in the swing. What has not been realized these faults primarily show up in the reaction of the golf club and the shaft loading during the swing sequence.
Perfected golf group (PGG) uses a digital recording system on the golf club which will identify swing faults. This unit is called FitChip, which was developed for fitting the golf shaft to the players swing. The digital readings of the FitChip identify faults in the golf swing such as double load, delayed release and another imperfections. There’s also one very important part of swing timing that even the Titleist system leaves out. If you will look on the web under golf swing timing there is a great deal written about it but again these writings only consider body movements. The timing of the body movements certainly are very important and must occur in some sort of consistent sequence for the best performance. Even then the final link in the swing timing that must be considered is the flexibility of the shaft in the golf club. For the best performance the shaft must be timed with the swing sequence to return the club to straight and square at ball impact where it achieves its greatest club head speed and accuracy. Without the proper timing of the golf club/shaft with the players swing sequence the peak performance cannot be achieved.
We at PGG will use our system of high speed video in conjunction with the FitChip to analyze your Golf swing for faults that cannot be identified visually. We will send you the FitChip instrument to be used during the analysis process. Instructions will be included with the FitChip for attaching it to the club and recording the swing data. With each swing the FitChip Data will be accompanied by a video of the same swing. The frame speed of the video must be recorded also, so that the FitChip Data timing can be coordinated with the frame speed of the camera. The best frame speed for the video is 200 to 300 frames per second. However, we can use the more standard 30 to 60 frames per sec speed.
In the figures below you will see a player with a swing fault (Fig. 1 - 5). In Chart 1 below is the shaft load data taken by the on the club computer device "FitChip" that records the shaft loading as the blue line and the shaft release as the red line for that particular swing. If the swing was without fault the load would just go up and down in a more parabolic curve fashion as in Chart 2. We can see that the curve in Chart 1 increases to a peak then drops off at a slow rate and then at a faster rate and then loads up again prior to ball impact. Ball impact is where the red line crosses the lower axis of the chart. Figure 1 shows the player in a position in this swing where the shaft is loaded and is represented in Chart 1 by the point at which the red line starts to release from the blue line and the blue line is at its peak load. The yellow line in these figures represent the straight position of the shaft based on the grip end of the shaft. In Figure 2 the club has released two where the shaft is almost straight and is represented by a point on the blue curve just prior to the sharper drop. Figure 3 shows the shaft completely unloaded and back to straight which indicates that the shaft is too stiff for this player.
The point on the blue curve represented by this figure is that point at the bottom of the valley. The shaft is considered too stiff because it has kicked though to straight too fast for the players swing timing and will begin to lose its stored energy well before ball impact if it is not reloaded. The shaft should not be back to straight prior to ball impact. The stored energy, if properly timed can add as much as 10 to 12% additional club head speed. Figure 4 in this case shows that the shaft has started to reload again. This reload is the result of the last hump in Chart 1. This reload during the time that the shaft should still be unloading causes a loss in shaft kick energy and timing. Figure 5 shows the shaft unloaded to a position where the head of the club is well past the shaft. This again indicates that the shaft is too stiff for the players swing timing. This player has lost the best performance of the club not only because of the reload fault in the swing but also the fact that he is using the wrong stiffness shaft which is losing speed or decelerating with respect to the shaft as it approaches ball impact.
This swing fault indicates a problem with the players swing sequence which must be corrected to improve the efficiency and performance of the swing. It is our objective at PGG to recommend that sequence change from the analysis of your swing. You can then choose to go to your instructor, with the analysis we have provided, for his help in changing your swing sequence for the better or work on the problem yourself. To aid in the self help process PGG will provide you with it's Synca Swing training aid. You can read more about the Synca Swing under the "Training Aids" heading. Along with the fault analysis the data you gather will also provide the information we need to recommend the proper shaft to fit your swing timing sequence. The Synca Swing will be leased on a short term program or sold to you. We would also offer a lease/purchase arrangement. Please sign up below to get started on your path to gain more confidence in you Golf Swing and play better golf.
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