Lead­bet­ter Golf Academy in Sin­ga­pore Goes Full Swing

Golf Asia - - CONTENTS - STORY BY KEN LYE PHO­TOS BY KEN LYE & COUR­TESY OF LA­GUNA NA­TIONAL GOLF & COUN­TRY CLUB

If you have seen pro­fes­sional golfers dur­ing tour­na­ments read­ing greens with one arm ex­tended with their fin­gers raised, think Adam Scott or Ly­dia Ko, you've wit­nessed the Aim­point green read­ing sys­tem, a method of read­ing the break of a putt with ac­cu­racy and con­sis­tency.

Of­fered at the new Lead­bet­ter Golf Academy (LGA), which went into full swing in Oc­to­ber, stu­dents who at­tend the academy will also ben­e­fit greatly with the use of sev­eral tech­nolo­gies to help them with their swing and game.

With over two decades of coach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and 12 years work­ing for LGA glob­ally in Korea and Indonesia, Stephen Mo­ri­arty,

Di­rec­tor for Lead­bet­ter South­east Asia ex­plained LGA'S strat­egy, “We re­ally wanted to cre­ate a unique learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment for academy stu­dents and to help them truly un­der­stand what breaks down in the dif­fer­ent parts of their games. Tech­nol­ogy plays an im­por­tant role and helps pro­vide the coach with a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of stu­dent faults."

Elab­o­rat­ing on the tech­nol­ogy em­ployed at the LGA, Mo­ri­arty ex­plained, "We have two dif­fer­ent teach­ing rooms. One is used by mul­ti­ple peo­ple fea­tur­ing cam­eras, a high-res­o­lu­tion pres­sure plate and launch mon­i­tor tech­nol­ogy. The other is a dual-pur­pose room with an in­door putting stu­dio us­ing SAM Putt Lab and high-speed cam­eras. SAM Putt Lab lets us look at over 40 dif­fer­ent putting pa­ram­e­ters and helps to high­light the strengths and weak­nesses of stu­dents. It also pro­vides sim­ple vis­ual feed­back for stu­dents. We have also GEARS golf, which is an op­ti­cal track­ing sys­tem that cap­tures body and club move­ments. It is one of only a hand­ful of the sys­tems be­ing used in Asia and pro­vides the most ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion for coaches. The sys­tem cre­ates an avatar sim­i­lar to what you see in the movies and al­lows us to look at the stu­dent's move­ments in 3D from all an­gles. The room can also be turned into an in­door hit­ting stu­dio when the weather is bad by uti­liz­ing Track­man."

The pres­sure plate Mo­ri­arty refers to is the SAM Bal­ance Lab, which eval­u­ates bal­ance and weight trans­fer dur­ing the golf swing. The 2D/3D pres­sure dis­tri­bu­tion sig­nals and syn­chro­nized video are recorded in par­al­lel and then in­ter­ac­tively an­a­lyzed in de­tail. This helps to cor­rect poor bal­ance and ir­reg­u­lar weight shifts that are re­spon­si­ble for swing flaws that of­ten re­sult in a bad golf shot. The left/right foot and heel/toe bal­ance anal­y­sis and center of pres­sure and weight trans­fer anal­y­sis can even help to im­prove foot­work to gain some ex­tra dis­tance.

The SAM Putt Lab helps to ac­cu­rately mea­sure a player’s put­ter path, face an­gle, ro­ta­tion and putting tempo to high­light flaws and ar­eas for im­prove­ment in one’s putting stroke. It can even help de­ter­mine a choice of put­ter de­sign to fit one’s putting stroke char­ac­ter­is­tics.

A tech­nol­ogy that many may not be fa­mil­iar with is the GEARS Golf Op­ti­cal track­ing sys­tem. This sys­tem is a full­body op­ti­cal mo­tion track­ing sys­tem that mea­sures and an­a­lyzes ev­ery as­pect of the golf swing move­ment. It will as­sist the teach­ing pro­fes­sional in the study of a player’s move­ment me­chan­ics and their cor­re­spond­ing per­for­mance mea­sure­ment, ac­cu­rate to 0.2mm. The sci­ence of golf now al­lows for pre­cise im­prove­ments to the golf swing for max­i­mum per­for­mance.

Staffed with a full com­ple­ment of ac­cred­ited LGA pro­fes­sion­als, the academy is housed in La­guna Na­tional Golf & Coun­try Club’s new prac­tice fa­cil­ity, which boasts 2 lev­els with a to­tal of 50 hit­ting bays, each with its own pre­cise yardage dis­played on the bay di­viders. Round­ing out the fa­cil­i­ties is a ded­i­cated short game area for putting and chip­ping that is sec­ond to none, in­clud­ing 5 bunkers that cater to a va­ri­ety of bunker shots. The stand­out of this short game zone is that it is large enough that play­ers may prac­tice hit­ting wedge shots from up to 80-yards out to flags on the chip­ping green.

The driv­ing range it­self is open to the pub­lic, with the ex­cep­tion of the ded­i­cated short game area, which is ex­clu­sively for club mem­bers and stu­dents of the academy.

ABOUT DAVID LEAD­BET­TER

Dur­ing an il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer span­ning more than four decades, David Lead­bet­ter has coached many of golf's best-known pro­fes­sional play­ers. In to­tal, the play­ers who were un­der his wing have won 24 Ma­jor Cham­pi­onship ti­tles and over 100 in­di­vid­ual world­wide tour­na­ment vic­to­ries. Seven of these play­ers at one time held the No.1 spot on the Of­fi­cial World Golf Rank­ings. The hon­our list is not short with Ma­jor cham­pi­ons such as Nick Faldo, Ian Baker-finch, Nick Price, Ernie Els, Se Ri Pak, Ly­dia Ko, Danielle Kang and Michelle Wie top­ping the list.

Lead­bet­ter is widely cred­ited with in­vent­ing the mod­ern method of golf in­struc­tion. Through his pas­sion, Lead­bet­ter has pi­o­neered in­no­va­tions in the field of in­struc­tion that con­tinue to have a last­ing im­pact, on both how the game is played and taught. His in­ter­est in the tech­niques, me­chan­ics, and in­tri­ca­cies of the game saw him au­thor­ing eight books on these top­ics, which have since sold two mil­lion copies, mak­ing him one of the world's best-sell­ing golf in­struc­tion au­thors. His lat­est book, The A Swing, re­leased in May 2015, pro­posed yet an­other al­ter­na­tive the­ory to trans­form the golf swing.

Lead­bet­ter re­mains a no­table voice in golf in­struc­tion and con­tin­ues to coach sev­eral top PGA, LPGA, and Euro­pean Tour play­ers whilst also bring­ing the same in­no­va­tive and elite level of in­struc­tion to play­ers ev­ery­where through his golf academy.

Stephen Mo­ri­arty, Di­rec­tor LGA SEA demon­strati­ing how to read break with Aim­point

LGA Coach Alan Kelly demon­strat­ing how SAM Bal­ance Lab works

the dif­fer­ence be­tween what you think you do, and what you re­ally do

SAM Bal­ance Lab vis­ually demon­strates bal­ance and weight trans­fer

Cap­tur­ing the putting stroke

Room enough to hit wedge shots from 80 yards out

SAM Putt Lab analy­ses aim, di­rec­tion, pathspot, ro­ta­tion, launch, dy­nam­ics

Learn­ing to feel the slope through the feet

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