Coming attraction: you as a better golfer
By MARK ALBRIGHT
Published May 8, 2006
Motion capture video - the technology used to make the Tom Hanks film Polar Express - has been touted as revolutionizing moviemaking. Now it has moved boldly on to the next frontier: curing the errant golf swing.
GolfTEC, which has used its patented 3-D motion capture video, biofeedback and impact analysis to help 600,000 golfers, opens learning centers within the next month at storefront locations in Tampa and Clearwater.
For $50 to $75 a lesson, its PGA-certified pros can parse every body movement in a 100-mph golf swing down to frame-by-frame analysis. Golfers strap on what looks like a backpack lined with strategically sewn-in markers that enable the computer to create a full-motion video of a golfer's pivot points, including shoulders, arms and hips.
"We compare that high-speed video with the golf swing of more than 200 professional golfers to pinpoint and fix any deviations,'' said Mark Nixon, who owns the GolfTEC franchise for the Tampa Bay area. In addition to repetitive instruction techniques and proper club-length measurements, carpet putters can summon the video from a Web site at home or in the office for practice swinging.
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