Pinemeadow Resources Page & Golf Club Fitting

Looks like a useful site with a series of online lessons and this page has an online club fitting calculator:

cheers_SVG

A decent instructional site from a golf equipment mfg...Hmmmmm

A decent instructional site from a golf equipment mfg…Hmmmmm

Advertisements

Practice + Data Makes Perfect: Golf Technology for Your SmartPhone featured in Wall Street Journal

So yesterday we were talking about some of the lackluster programs coming out of the PGA to help grow game enthusiasm.

I mentioned that the industry is having a hard time reaching some core constituents including working-age enthusiasts like myself who are brand new to the game (nobody messages to me at all – it’s all about the college kids or the old geezer) and another cohort, mentioned in this article – called the “lapsed” golfer.  This guy or gal played before, lost time to do it, now has a mortgage and a couple kids and wants to get back but just can’t find the groove again.

The article is a decent read which you can find here:

Wall Street Journal Golf Gadget Article

wsj_tech

WSJ Tech Article on Golf

Although it opens up by describing the challenges today’s ‘lapsed’ golfer faces when trying to get back into the sport, it spends more time reviewing some newer digital technologies that are meant to help the amateur golfer improve his/her game…..wait for it ….. AT HOME.

So you know I had to read on.  Some tech (no plug intended) was already mentioned here at the SiliconValleyGolfer…. like the Zepp glove gadget but all the products are worth mentioning so I’ll list them below.  Happy gadgeting.

wsj_golfgadgets

WSJ Cover Photo

Last noteworthy note.  Although technology is coming a long way to help us fans improve both on and off the course for a lot less money and with access to a lot more information (Big Data comes to Golfing I guess) – the article made a good observation. … Nothing replaces the human eye and the ability for what was unfortunately referred to as “the antiquated human golf instructor” (yikes – but i think that image does prevail in the industry today if only for the non-avid fans) to combine disparate pieces of player visual data in order to provide a custom recommendation for improvement.  Mentioning the average price tag of $100/lesson underscored another fundamental gate-keeper to bringing new converts into the fold.

And now – the LIST.

  • SwingByte – Swing Analyzer and more……

Swingbyte

  • Golf Glossary – a good iOS app for learning all things “golf terms” as if trying to connect with the ball wasn’t hard enough.

CNET Golf Glossary

  • Arccos Golf – Big Data meets improving your game by sticking sensors on your clubs and measuring everything.
arccoss

Arccoss

Improve Your Swing App from Arccos

  • Garmin Golf Watch – a smart golf map with swing improvement and more

Digital Golf Tools form Garmin

garmin

Garmin

  • Nike 360 – another great course golf map that SVGolfer discovered.  

Nike has a Great Map & More App

nikegolf

Nike 360

Why the WSJ article missed this popular app as well – I don’t know.

  • GolfLogix – another popular swing analyzer (rated #1 according to them)

Golflogix

Last advice:: punch in the term ‘golf’ on your smartphone and download some free apps or games.  I’m still a big fan of the fun virtual golf game  GLGolfLite.  And I learn a lot while playing it – stuff like how to factor in a break, or picking the right club – in a game like environment.  

SVG-over and out.

 

 

Riton by frambuesa on Beats du Jour

This tune is a rare excellent find for me. I swear that Michelle N’Digocello (forgive my misspelling) is on the bass.

Just a great tune to end a down in the dumps day. Today the dream seems so far away I can’t believe I’m so serious about it. Serious doubt. What am I doing? What’s taking me so long to get anywhere? I’m such a basket case. Who do I think I am anyway and why should I expect a different outcome for me and my wishes? What right is it to wish? Uuugh.

This gig is bringing me down.

So instead I will snap my fingers and tap my feet on the train and pretend I’m eight dancing with my air drums and bass in the basement like my life depended on it. Good times yep. Good times.

There it is, from Elian Elias to this – life is good. I am grateful.

Day One – Decision Points Jan 01 To be a Serious Golfer

To commit or not to commit. Decide to go for a heart-felt life-long dream or at least what feels like one versus not-rocking the boat, steady freddy, play it conservative.

Is this a time to think like a dot-comer again now that it’s half time? Is it really about following your bliss still? Or is it time to put someone else first – or something else first? Or can you do both? If you plan it right?

To go for the Champions Tour or not? And if you go for it – what’s the time line?

Well – I think I’ll go forit – for many reasons – least of which I’ll regret it if I don’t try – just like everything else and at the very least it’ll force me to improve my game and get to a place where I feel good about it.

So, I’ll do it. I’ll begin stepping in the direction of playing in the Champions Tour somehwere between now and five years from now, preferably within 2-4, we’ll have to get tht down.

So step 1 is to set up a routine and goals and reading materials for 2014.