Welcome to ‘Swing Feedback’.
We have had a golfer take a swing with our Trainer and we have captured a number of the feedback screens so we can show you the responses you would typically get, after each swing on our Driving Range. From the images below we will describe each screen and then explain what the player has done and describe what you can see from these screens.
First a quick overview: Our program produces a lot of very accurate and detailed statistics on your swing. From our customer feedback with early versions of this product, we found that although this detailed information was appreciated by Golf Pro’s and scratch players who wanted this in-depth and very detailed analysis, but it was overwhelming to new or casual players. So as you can see below, we have made the final presentation clearer by giving an initial ‘5 star’ rating to all the sections.
The data from every swing is kept, so the more swings you take the more accurate the analysis becomes. This information is used to generate, a personal list of your top five drills which will improve your swing based entirely on feedback from your own individual swing.
Before you can make improvements, you need to know what you are doing both right and wrong. A golf swing is over in a split second, so it is hard to see what your personal swing really looks like. So we capture your complete swing for you. Although a swing should always be thought of as a smooth continuous flow, to help us understand different parts of the swing we break this down into David Leadbetter’s 7 links of the swing, and we rate you on the accuracy of each link. From this screen you can now see exactly what you are doing, and what part of the link you have a problem with. David will then make a personal recommendation based on what parts of your swing need the most attention.
From the low, two star rating, you can instantly see that one of the problem areas here, is the halfway back position, and in this case David Leadbetter recommends his ‘Posture Drill’ for this player. If you are in a rush, then from here you can just press ’A’ to continue back to the course or driving range and swing again. However if you want more detailed analysis then you can chose any specific area by clicking on the menus on the left of the screen. We will now show you what these report .
This screen shows the angle that the club face strikes the ball, and calculates the speed that the ball travels, plus any rotation ‘spin’ and the direction and strength of that spin on the ball.
For this player, we detect that the clubface was ‘closed’, not quite perfectly flat, as it was ‘minus 10 degrees off closed on impact, this is causing a counter-clockwise spin on the ball resulting in the left hook seen in the video. The player gets a decent rating of 4/5 stars for a good closed clubface, but his velocity is low so he only gets a 3/5 star rating for that.
Club Path Feedback
On this screen we show the path that the club face travelled through, during and just following impact with the ball. The exact path is shown by a row of arrows, these are green, when the path is correct then fading to Red as they move out of the ideal path. This would highlight problems in your swing such as moving ‘in to out’, or ‘out to in’ Because a swing is a flow, then path problems highlighted here, are generally the result of problems in an earlier link of the swing, so we also provide a condensed overview of your back swing, forward swing and your release.
For this player, the path is green because he has a good curved path through the ball. This is very central, deviating only 2 degrees from a perfect line. For most ‘swing analyzers’ they only detect impact with the ball and from this information they would report no significant problem with your swing! However see what else our swing analyzer reports.
This is usually very hard to detect but is of huge importance to how well you make your swing. When you stand on the balance board then your body’s weight shift is recorded with the swing. It is very accurate, recording changes in your weight distribution on either leg and also heel and toe movements. Even subtle movements such as twisting your body or moving your shoulders will adjust the weight shift down to your legs and will be recorded. With a good swing you should start off in a central balanced position, then as you swing back your weight shifts onto your back leg. Then as you swing forward to impact, your weight shifts onto your leading leg. If you get this right you will have the full force of your body behind the ball and make for a longer faster hit. But if you lean forward before impact then you have lost your momentum and will just drag the club through the ball. While making impact without moving forward will mean you will have less weight behind the ball which will also lose you speed and distance. Both of these are also indicators that you are not positioned directly behind the ball on impact, so your club is more likely to be incorrectly angled. Getting the correct balance will get you hitting straight as well as giving you more distance and with more power. We display the area you should be in as a large blue circle, this moves through-out the swing and your centre of balance is shown as a small circle which should be inside this larger blue circle. Your circle is shown as green, for good and it fades to red as it moves out of the ideal position.
This screen continually animates showing the whole of your swing, and how your weight shifts during the swing. Here we have captured a single frame from part of the back swing and we will describe what we can see. We are viewing from side on, so Left is heading down the course, right is back, up is facing forward, and down is leaning back. The blue ‘target’ circle has move back (to the right) and the player has also correctly moved so his weight is back into the blue area. However you can see we show the players circle as red, because it has incorrectly moved too far down from the centre of the blue circle. This is identifying a problem that the player is putting too much weight onto his back heel. If you can imagine holding your club in the halfway back position then lean back on your heel, you will see that your club automatically lowers. This results in a shallower swing plane, which is what we see in the next screen. Without the Balance board feedback, we might observe a shallower swing plane but you would not detect the cause is the players ‘wobble’. Not being on a smooth plane is more likely to cause a deviation from a straight shot.
Analysis (of your swing)
This screen shows the players swing in 3D, and you can rotate this view, to see the swing from any angle. The blue line is the ideal path the club head should be taking. The green line is the actual path that the player’s club head made. You can see that it changes from green showing a close match to darker green and red as it deviates more from the ideal swing path. Using the buttons at the bottom of the screen you can step through each of the different stages of the swing or rotate to view the swing from any direction.
Swing Analysis – Halfway back
In this swing, we see the players swing path turns red due to a shallow angle. A shallow angle will result in you twisting and not swinging down on the ball for impact.
Swing Analysis – Top of Swing
Here the player adjust himself at the top of the swing to almost match the ideal top of swing position, however this shows the whole backswing is not online with the ideal swing plane. The balance accuracy has also dropped to 54% and the weight is still slightly on the heels.
Swing Analysis – Foreswing
The forward swing plane shown here is on the same plane of the backswing, this shows that the player is on a consistent plane, but you an see it is curved and the angle of this swing plane will cause the player to come across the ball with a closed clubface, causing the counter-clockwise spin and a left hook during the flight of the ball. We can also identify that the balance at this part of the swing is poor and has been rated 2 stars (45%). The Balance Board icon also shows the weight is still on the heels, from the whole swing we can see that this player constantly leans back during his whole swing.
Conclusion – Posture Drill
Although the swing plane is on a consistent plane the angle is too shallow. The club path is correct on impact with the ball, but the player must focus on keeping their weight centrally aligned improving posture to match the ideal plane. This will eliminate the problem of the closed clubface during impact, reducing spin on the ball and helping to hit longer and straighter shots.