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Re: Great, now I know I shanked my tee shot 20 feet to the right
  • 10/17/2012 8:10:28 AM
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SaneIT, I'm suddenly reminded of Wii Golf, with the little line showing the ideal projectory for a player's swing...

Re: Great, now I know I shanked my tee shot 20 feet to the right
  • 10/17/2012 7:42:51 AM
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I'm not saying that the data will be totally useless for the average golfer but looking at charts from an accelerometer  seems like it would confuse things more than it would fix things for the average person.  Sure you'll know where in the swing your club path goes astray but knowing how to fix that is a totally different thing.  To me it just seems like even if the data is good it's application is what is going to count.  The average golfer wouldn't be an average golfer if they knew how to fix the issues that and accelerometer is likely to show.

Re: Great, now I know I shanked my tee shot 20 feet to the right
  • 10/16/2012 1:57:21 PM
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SaneIT, sure -- you do have to perfect the swing on your own, but knowing precisely what you're doing wrong at moment has to help, no? It's not sure-fire, but I bet plenty of golfers would go for it, if pricing is friendly enough. 

As for running sensor -- sounds like you did the wise thing, trying it out and deciding it didn't work well for you. I wonder if the technology has advanced enough as to warrant another look. 

 

 

Re: Great, now I know I shanked my tee shot 20 feet to the right
  • 10/16/2012 11:32:39 AM
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I think the concept with the clubs is that they can be used for custom fittings -- but I am not a golfer, so someone else should chime in about the merits of such a system

Re: Great, now I know I shanked my tee shot 20 feet to the right
  • 10/16/2012 7:56:22 AM
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I wouldn't worry too much about a sensor in the club taking away from the natural prowess required.  For one you'll still have to swing the club the same way twice and you'll still have to make adjustments that most people will still struggle with and probably won't know how to fix on their own.  Sure they'll have the data but they still need to figure out how to use it.


When the Nike+ system was new I was given a sensor, a pouch that you laced into one shoe and the receiver that went on my iPod.  It was only marginally more useful to me than a watch since the accelerometer was only really guessing at my stride length.  I gave it away after using it for a few months since landmarks and a watch were a less frustrating way to get rough data.

Re: Great, now I know I shanked my tee shot 20 feet to the right
  • 10/15/2012 5:06:18 PM
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Pierre, - The one in the clothes is a particularly useful one. When you go to the gym there's so much data you have to follow up on from minutes done at each machine, calories burnt, and all that. I really think it would be easier to have those tracked automatically and then you can follow up later. Possibly receive a completed analysis with recommendations.

Re: Great, now I know I shanked my tee shot 20 feet to the right
  • 10/15/2012 4:08:27 PM

@callmebob, I can see the headlines now, "Siri Rage Hits Local Golf Courses," ...

Re: Great, now I know I shanked my tee shot 20 feet to the right
  • 10/15/2012 3:55:23 PM
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Beth - i totally agree with you about the calibrated data-analyzing golf head. I already have a problem with titanium drivers with their overblown heads to add distance with sweet spots over the entire face. Sometimes I'll pull out an old club with 20-yr technology just for old time's sake. Knocking a 250-yd drive down the middle of a fairway feels a lot better without any analysis.

I can't wait for the Apple iClub that has Siri telling me what I'm doing wrong when I swing. It won't be realistic unless it's swearing at me for lifting my head and hooking the ball.

Re: Great, now I know I shanked my tee shot 20 feet to the right
  • 10/15/2012 3:33:12 PM
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@callmebob, I like that you'd only be interested in using golf ball analytics to find where your wayward shots land. I find the idea of adding data on the golf club head itself to help with swing, etc., a bit disconcerting. Not only is it elitist, it takes away some of the natural prowess required. Doesn't seem right, to me. I'm not exactly sure why I find this one so off-putting compared to say, running shoe sensors. I don't golf, so that's not why!

Re: Great, now I know I shanked my tee shot 20 feet to the right
  • 10/15/2012 3:26:00 PM
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@Pierre - This is true, but if tells me not to have that second glass of red wine or chocolate chip cookie I'm shutting it down.

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