Sweet Stuff

Golf Vacations - - Contents - by Terry Ross

In to­day’s in­creas­ingly mo­bile world of tech­nol­ogy, the abil­ity to play or prac­tice golf al­most any­where—even with­out a green-grass course—is now a re­al­ity. With the Op­tiShot2 sim­u­la­tor you can lit­er­ally pack dozens of golf cour­ses, a prac­tice range and all the in­for­ma­tion a club fit­ter would need into a small brief­case or back­pack and take it any­where.

Any­place that has at least a nine-foot ceil­ing to swing a club will work in­doors, and it can be set up in a garage, fam­ily room or even in the back­yard with the com­put­er­ized hit­ting mat that con­tains six­teen pre­cisely-tuned, high-speed 48MHz in­frared sen­sors, each cal­i­brated to track your fa­vorite clubs, be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter con­tact and trans­mit he data to your Mac or Win­dows PC or tablet in real time af­ter ev­ery swing.

The sim­u­la­tor tracks speed, tempo, club plane and hand path us­ing ei­ther real golf balls, foam/ plas­tic balls—or noth­ing if you don’t have a net or other screen to catch them. The Op­tiShot2 gives re­al­is­tic swing in­for­ma­tion us­ing any of th­ese modes and has the abil­ity to fine tune the cal­i­bra­tion for each club in your bag to get the most ac­cu­rate read­ings.

In the play mode the user se­lects from an ex­clu­sive course li­brary which dis­plays re­al­is­tic 3D im­ages of pop­u­lar world-class golf cour­ses with mul­ti­ple cam­era views, while in the prac­tice mode the OptiShot Pin­Point will track and record progress just as if you were on a driv­ing range.

With the OptiShot Live fea­ture users can play 18 holes against other golfers from down the street or across the globe with­out ever leav­ing their home-

Imag­ine be­ing able to play 18 holes of golf in less than an hour with your friends around the coun­try!

This space-saving golf sim­u­la­tor uses the lat­est in an­a­lytic and shot tracer tech­nol­ogy with an easy to use in­ter­face to cre­ate the ul­ti­mate real-world golf ex­pe­ri­ence. The Op­tiShot2 re­quires no elab­o­rate setup and the soft­ware is very in­tu­itive, works with ev­ery club in your bag and sup­ports nu­mer­ous game types, in­clud­ing Stroke Play, Match Play, Best Ball and Skins. In ad­di­tion, Op­tiShot2 can turn any course into a prac­tice range where play­ers can choose from six dif­fer­ent tar­get greens that fur­ther im­prove shot ac­cu­racy.

As OptiShot Golf re­leases more soft­ware up­dates to its sim­u­la­tors, users have more and more op­tions for new cour­ses and games they can play.

With Op­tiShot2, users have the abil­ity to play the same cham­pi­onship holes the top PGA pros are play­ing on TV—such as the iconic Riviera Coun­try Club—home of the North­ern Trust Open, as well as com­pete in a tour­na­ment of their own with OptiShot Live. Golfers from around the world can com­pete against each other on any of the Tothe-Tee™ cham­pi­onship course repli­cas in the OptiShot Golf Course li­brary. Each course pro­vides a re­al­is­tic and fully-im­mer­sive 3D en­vi­ron­ment for play or prac­tice.

“OptiShot Golf has cre­ated the ul­ti­mate tour­na­ment ex­pe­ri­ence for our users. With the ad­di­tion of more and more cham­pi­onship cour­ses, like the Riviera Coun­try Club, and OptiShot Live our users can play and com­pete right along with the PGA tour through­out the year and be­yond. We’re ba­si­cally build­ing the world’s big­gest golf club.” said Rus­sell Edens, CEO and Co-Founder of OptiShot Golf.

More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at: www.op­tishot­golf.com

Prac­tic­ing a throw­ing or hit­ting sport with a smaller tar­get has al­ways been a sound method to de­velop bet­ter skills and a sharper eye, ac­cord­ing to most teach­ers and train­ers. And when it comes to golf, the old say­ing that the hole looks larger is cer­tainly true af­ter us­ing the Dead Zero Putting Disc (DZPD) as a quick, easy train­ing tool when prac­tic­ing or even warm­ing up for a round.

The Dead Zero Putting Disk is an alu­minum, above-ground putting tar­get that can be used any­where at any time. It can build con­fi­dence by re­peat­ing your putting stroke to a smaller tar­get and de­signed to help all golfers build con­fi­dence to make more putts in­side eight feet. It can be used at your lo­cal course or for prac­tice in­doors as the weather gets colder.

“We want to help golfers build con­fi­dence in their own putting stroke to make more putts,” said Dead Zero’s de­signer and pres­i­dent, Eric Sch­mitt. “Whether it’s to make birdie, save par or pre­vent dou­ble­bo­gey all golfers can make more putts by prac­tic­ing with the Dead Zero Putting Disk.”

What sep­a­rates the DZPD from all other putting tar­gets is its patent pend­ing size and its high qual­ity an­odized alu­minum con­struc­tion. The di­am­e­ter is based on re­search con­ducted and pub­lished by Dave Pelz in his book, Putt Like the Pros. Ap­ply­ing Pelz’s re­sults, the DZPD team mea­sured the point on each side of the cup at which a putt would fall in ver­sus lip-out. This spe­cific di­am­e­ter en­sures that all putts that strike the disk, even with a sub­tle glance, sim­u­late a made putt.

“Suc­cess­ful putting re­quires the abil­ity to re­peat a putting stroke in all sit­u­a­tions. I tell my stu­dents who want to quickly re­duce their scores and hand­i­caps to start making more putts in­side eight feet. Elim­i­nat­ing three-putts and making a few one-putts from in­side eight feet can knock your score down by five or more strokes per round,” noted Eric

John­son, di­rec­tor of in­struc­tion at Oak­mont Coun­try Club (site of the 2016 U.S. Open). “I ad­vise any­one look­ing to save strokes on the green to start prac­tic­ing with the Dead Zero Putting Disk.”

Avail­able in two mod­els, Orig­i­nal and Pro, each Dead Zero Putting Disk in­cludes one disk along with a match­ing ball marker and comes in an em­broi­dered pouch. The Pro model in­cludes a bub­ble-level to help ac­cu­rately de­ter­mine the slope of any green.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Dead Zero Putting Disc, visit: www. Dead­ZeroPut­ting.com

Anew and ad­vanced version of the Sen­soGlove, a golf train­ing de­vice that teaches proper grip pres­sure through­out the swing, is now avail­able from the Ger­man-based com­pany that has de­vel­oped some highly in­no­va­tive sys­tems for sports anal­y­sis, mo­tion and per­for­mance mea­sure­ment.

A unique train­ing tool that helps teach of the core golf ba­sics of a light grip pres­sure, Sen­soGlove is the world’s first dig­i­tal golf glove with wear­able sen­sor tech­nol­ogy and brings dig­i­tal train­ing to golf with a small, sweat-proof, re­mov­able 1.2-inch LED dig­i­tal mon­i­tor and highly re­spon­sive sen­sors through­out the glove that an­a­lyze the pres­sure of the swing for real-time au­dio and vis­ual feed­back at 80 times per sec­ond.

The patented Sen­soGlove warns you if you ex­ceed your tar­get level of grip pres­sure and even shows you which fin­gers are grip­ping too tightly, so you can ad­just your grip ac­cord­ingly. Sen­soGlove fea­tures an “Au­to­matic Sen­si­tiv­ity Se­lec­tion” But­ton to pro­vide au­to­matic, ac­cu­rate pres­sure read­ings for a con­sis­tently smooth and pow­er­ful golf swing pro­vid­ing greater dis­tances and lower scores, but also al­lows the user to ad­just sen­si­tiv­ity lev­els.

The Sen­soGlove is easy to use and doesn’t re­quire an app or smart­phone, so you don’t have to worry that you will give up with con­fus­ing tech­nol­ogy or that you will lose your smart­phone in the golf course.

De­vel­oped based on feed­back from in­ter­na­tional PGA pro­fes­sion­als, Sen­soGlove is made of the high­est qual­ity cabretta leather. All golfers can quickly learn how to hold the club, im­prov­ing ev­ery part of their game, from back­swing, down­swing, im­pact, fol­low-through, to driv­ing, putting and chip­ping, us­ing this glove.

“Many of the stu­dents we teach at our golf school strug­gle with grip pres­sure,” noted Mark Dur­land, Di­rec­tor of In­struc­tion at Naples Grande Golf Club, in Naples, Florida. “More than 90% of our stu­dents grip the club too tight. Un­til now, it has been a chal­lenge to com­mu­ni­cate proper grip pres­sure to a stu­dent. Sen­soGlove gives the stu­dent im­me­di­ate feed­back and creates a feel­ing of the proper grip pres­sure. I rec­om­mend Sen­soGlove to any stu­dent.”

Most play­ers want to hit the ball far and the nat­u­ral in­stinct is to swing harder and faster. But try­ing to swing with more power causes a death grip, cre­at­ing tension in the hands, wrists, arms and shoul­ders. The re­sult is a less than smooth swing and, even worse, tight­ened mus­cles. Tight mus­cles re­sult in slower--not faster-- club head speed.

Sen­soGlove is avail­able for men and women in right or left hand con­fig­u­ra­tions, sizes small to x-large. Made of cabretta leather, the built-in dig­i­tal mon­i­tor can be re­moved to use Sen­soGlove as a reg­u­lar golf glove.

For more in­for­ma­tion: www.sen­soglove.com.

For those that wear prescription glasses and want an easy and eco­nom­i­cal way to con­vert them to sun­glasses dur­ing those bright days on the links, So­lar Shield has de­vel­oped an ex­ten­sive line of prod­ucts de­signed to fit over reg­u­lar prescription glasses and cover them com­pletely or clip on ex­ist­ing glasses for a smooth tran­si­tion.

A com­pany that goes back to 1979, So­lar Shield’s fits-over sun frames slide sleekly and smoothly over read­ing or op­ti­cal glasses. They are EPF Cer­ti­fied, giv­ing max­i­mum cov­er­age and pro­tec­tion from the sun’s harm­ful UV rays, and the po­lar­iza­tion al­lows the sun­glass lens to elim­i­nate glare, which is ex­tremely dan­ger­ous while driv­ing or trav­el­ing at high speeds and helps elim­i­nate glare while be­ing able to see things clearly with­out any vis­ual dis­com­fort from squint­ing or fatigue.

So­lar Shield clip-ons and fits over sun­glasses fea­ture de­signs that con­form to the prin­ci­ples of Ad­vanced UV Pro­tec­tion®. Ad­vanced UV Pro­tec­tion® sun­glasses not only have lenses that block 100% UVA/ UVB, but the frames wrap­around to block stray light. Ad­vanced UV Pro­tec­tion® pre­vents the ma­jor­ity of un­fil­tered light from reach­ing your eyes since the frames fea­ture ex­tra pro­tec­tion on the top and sides.

In ad­di­tion to be­ing 100% UVA/UVB block­ing, scratch-re­sis­tant, op­ti­cal-grade lenses, the pre­mium ole­pho­bic lens coat­ing re­pels oil, grime and wa­ter for max­i­mum vis­i­bil­ity and dura­bil­ity. Also, all of their lens tints meet or ex­ceed U.S. Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FDA) stan­dards and are safe for day­time driv­ing.

The com­pany even has a handy mea­sur­ing tool on its web site to se­lect the right fit to go over or clip on prescription sun­glasses, making it easy to turn any pair of prescription glasses into high-qual­ity sun­glasses.

For more on So­lar Shield sun­glasses, visit www.so­larshield.com

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