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How High Tech Can Fit You to a Tee

Ingenious new shortcuts are helping local golfers play more like the pros.

Want to drive a ball like Tiger Woods or Annika Sorenstam, or maybe just make more pars and birdies? There’s an app for that and it’s at a golf club near you. Teaching technology has emerged to help average players gain yardage and pros shoot record-breaking games. Quail Valley’s $900,000 Learning Center is by far the area’s biggest electronic playground, and golfers show up here in droves to size up their swing against hundreds of tour pros (past and current) of like body type.

The nearly 4,000-square-foot facility offers enclosed bays where players can wallop at balls, mindless of wind and weather, while high-speed cameras and radar record their movement and measure each ball’s spin and speed as it comes off the club face. A special hitting surface leaves a temporary mark on the sole of their club head indicating “lie angle” at impact. Collectively, these variables help ensure a proper fit of club to player as well as diagnosing shot execution flaws.

Read the entire article in the January 2011 issue