In­side a su­per high-tech putting stu­dio

Golfers from all over the world come here to fix their putting woes with pop­u­lar Tour coach Phil Kenyon

Today's Golfer (UK) - - Best Golf Tech -

For­get putting on real greens. The ar­ti­fi­cial stuff is just as re­al­is­tic, and even bet­ter when you can track every com­po­nent of every putt us­ing 2D and 3D tech­nol­ogy. Just ask Rory Mcil­roy, Justin Rose or Tommy Fleet­wood. They have all vis­ited the Harold Swash Putting School of Ex­cel­lence, warm­ing up for The Open by book­ing a les­son with its direc­tor, Phil Kenyon.

It helps that the pur­pose-built fa­cil­ity is based at Formby Hall in South­port, less than five miles from Royal Birk­dale. But what you may not know is that the 650sqft in­door stu­dio is equipped with the largest col­lec­tion of putting coach­ing soft­ware in the UK. Zen Green Stage? Check. SAM Put­t­lab? You bet. They can even hook you up to some­thing called Golf Bio­dy­nam­ics, which makes you look like an ex­tra from Star Trek. All the gad­gets and giz­mos cost a small fortune com­bined, but every one serves a pur­pose. 1 Zen Green Stage The world’s first com­puter con­trolled mul­ti­con­toured putting sur­face. Mea­sur­ing 16ft in length, the ad­justable plat­form comes with six cups and in­ter­change­able USGA spec speed car­pets, which can run up to 15.5 on the stimp. Built-in wifi con­nects to a phone or tablet so coaches can add up­hill, down­hill and side-to­side slopes of up to 12% in vari­a­tion, in­clud­ing dou­ble-break­ing putts. 2 Puttview Work­ing in conjunction with Green Stage, Puttview shows you how to hole any break­ing putt by cal­cu­lat­ing and pro­ject­ing an ac­cu­rate light path. Coaches can also take ad­van­tage of a sketch func­tion by draw­ing graph­ics and in­struc­tions onto the putting sur­face. 3 SAM Put­t­lab Ac­cu­rate to within 0.01 of a de­gree, this con­trap­tion uses ul­tra­sound to track 28 pa­ram­e­ters of the stroke, in­clud­ing club­face align­ment, du­ra­tion and rhythm. In­stant graph­i­cal and nu­mer­i­cal feed­back is pro­vided af­ter every putt, which can then be com­pared against the av­er­age PGA Tour per­for­mance. 4 Quin­tic Ball Roll Used for fit­tings, in­struc­tion and R&D, this gizmo uses a 260 frames-per-sec­ond cam­era to mea­sure the dy­nam­ics of the golf ball and put­ter head from set-up through to the first 16 inches of the putt. Think Track­man, for putting. 5 Golf Bio­dy­nam­ics This 3D sys­tem uses an elec­tro­mag­netic mo­tion de­tec­tor to track the ori­en­ta­tion of the up­per and lower body through­out the stroke. The re­sults can iden­tify any is­sues re­lat­ing to posture, flex­i­bil­ity, sta­bil­ity, strength or power. 6 Per­fect Put­ter For­get chalk lines, Per­fect Put­ter cre­ates the per­fect roll every time by high­light­ing the cor­rect speed/line com­bi­na­tion of any putt. Sim­ply align the de­vice to your in­tended start

line, pre-set the dis­tance of the putt, and then drop the ball from the Euler spi­ral (the bit which looks like a slide). It’s the per­fect tool for green read­ing and visu­al­i­sa­tion, plus it also dou­bles as a stimp­me­ter.

7 Mi Putting Tem­plate

The cheap­est gadget but ar­guably the most ef­fec­tive. The tem­plate, which comes in four de­grees of cur­va­ture (12, 15, 18 and 21), pro­vides a vis­ual rep­re­sen­ta­tion of both the face and path by pro­ject­ing the per­fect arc.

8 Bodi­trak

Sim­i­lar to SAM Balance­lab, this wire­less pres­sure mat gauges cen­tre of pres­sure, bal­ance and weight dis­tri­bu­tion at set-up and dur­ing the stroke.

9 GASP Lab 5

Four high-speed cam­eras cap­ture set-up po­si­tion and move­ment dy­nam­ics. The footage can be matched and viewed at dif­fer­ent points in the stroke to high­light cause and ef­fect.

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