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Understanding the Fundamentals

There is vast amounts of instructional information and data available for golfers to consume. While this is inherently positive it can also be a pathway for players to easily lose their way.

For V1 Sports Ambassador Bob Grissett, Director of Instruction at Club Morningside, the pursuit of instructional truth is his passion. Bob believes that misinformation leads to confusion within the golf world, “Impediments have made the barrier of entry into golf unnecessarily high. Golfers routinely leave the game out of frustration, lack of direction, regression, or improvement that comes too slowly or not at all.”

Bob uses V1 Sports’ Video Technology Platform to help his students better understand the fundamentals that every top player has employed, “By using V1 for comparison, we can demonstrate the key elements. Overall PGA Tour players may look like they swing different, but in reality they all exhibit the same key elements.”

Fundamental #1: Posture

To start, Bob believes that, “every top player in the history of golf, no exception, tilts or side-bends in the opposite direction of the turn.” Maintaining proper posture throughout the swing is critical, once a player “stands up” out of their swing, the shoulders turn flat, and the head rises, resulting in poor contact with the ball. The more a golfer can rotate around a consistent spine axis, the more consistent the ball strike and ball speed.  

How to Check Posture

Open the V1 Golf app and select a swing to analyze or capture a new swing.

  1. In analyzer, select the line tool

  2. At set-up draw one line through the spine and a second line above the head, parallel to the ground

  3. Forward the video and stop at the top of the backswing

  4. The spine angle and head position should be close to the original lines

  5. The shoulders should tilt perpendicular to the spine

The photos below demonstrate improper and proper posture at the top of the swing. Notice in the first photo that as Player 1 makes her backswing, she stands up out of her set-up posture causing her shoulders to flay and turn too flat, and her head to rise. Player 2 maintains his spine angle as he takes his backswing, his head remains stable and shoulders tilt perpendicular to his spine angle.

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Player 1: Posture Released

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Player 2: Posture Maintained

You can check your own posture by downloading the V1 Golf app or working with a V1 instructor like Bob Grissett.

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V1 Pro App Offers Maximum Flexibility

Whether at a private or public course, range, on course, or studio, where and how golf professionals teach varies drastically. However, the goal is always the same: help golfers improve. V1 Sports recognized this and built a platform with multiple options, and maximum flexibility.

Chuck Olson, head pro at Wawashkamo Golf Club on Mackinac Island is a great example of this. Chuck, who doesn’t have a driving range at the club, relies on teaching his members and juniors through on course playing lessons. He uses the V1 Pro app to record videos of his students on the course,

“The V1 Pro app has been a life saver for me, it is incredibly easy to use on the fly, and gives my students instant feedback.”

Once the playing lesson is over Chuck sends his students their recorded swings through the V1 Platform via email or text for future review.

While Olson teaches a fair number of adult students, he has focused on creating a dynamic junior program. Many people assume that using an advanced system such as V1 might be too much for a junior to handle, Olson doesn’t buy that.

“As surprising as this might sound, I use the V1 Pro App more with my juniors than I do with their parents. I have found that a child’s understanding greatly improves when you show them what a proper grip, stance, or posture looks like compared to when you tell them.”

Chuck pre records these videos on the V1 Platform and then shows them during the playing lesson. Olson adds,

“My entire junior program is more technologically advanced than I am; they get excited to use a mobile device while on the course. It keeps them engaged and focused.”

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The V1 Pro app is built for golf improvement; this includes capture and analysis of the golf swing, and creating and delivering video lessons to students.

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V1 Sports Platform Enable Feedback Loops

Golfers of all abilities strive to improve or maintain their skills. With an endless list of game improvement tools out there, it can be daunting to find the right solution. Luckily research on how golfers learn has helped to narrow down this list. Nearly 65% of all golfers are visual learners, and golfers forget 40% of what they learned just 20 minutes after a lesson. With these stats in mind, the world’s top instructors are leveraging the V1 Platform to create what’s called a feedback loop, a powerful and effective tool that helps students retain information and improve faster.

The basic premise of a feedback loop is for instructors and students to share with each other visual information about the student’s golf swing on a regular basis. Historically, the challenge instructors faced has always been staying in contact with students once a lesson has ended. Thanks to the V1 Platform, it’s easier than ever for instructors to create and maintain this feedback loop through remote (virtual) video lessons.

V1 Pro and Golf Magazine Top 100 golf instructor Tom Patri is a firm believer in the benefits of the feedback loop and uses this tool to teach both “live” (in-person) and more than 150 remote students. Through the V1 Platform, Tom is able to capture or receive swing videos from students and deliver consistent and timely video lessons:

“I want to see a student’s swing every two weeks, or at least once a month; I use it as a check-in opportunity to see their progress or help them get back on track.”

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Feedback Loops Consist of Five Distinct Steps

1. Capture: Capture the golf swing. Either in-person with the instructor or remote by the student using the V1 Golf app.

2. Compare: Display the golf swing side-by-side with a Tour Pro’s or with an older swing by the student. Context is imperative to drive-home changes that are necessary.

3. Analyze: Through careful measurement and analysis of the golf swing, identify the swing issues and changes needed to improve.

4. Correct: Provide instruction, tips, and drills that the student can use to correct their swing issues.

5. Repeat: Capture and analyze the swing again to track changes and continue improvement.

Using the V1 Pro app, Tom is able to create a feedback loop for students through regular V1 Lessons. In the V1 Lesson, Tom breaks down the student’s swing and identifies what he calls “the big kahuna”, the biggest issue plaguing a student’s swing. Then he attaches tips and drills that the student can employ during practice to fix their main issue. The V1 Lesson is delivered directly to the student via text or email.  The process then repeats in-person and digitally.

By employing feedback loops like Tom Patri, instructors can tap into how golfers learn and provide the most efficient way for them to improve.

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Growing the Game with V1 Sports

April 25th of every year marks the date when 60 million golfers worldwide celebrate the game they love. Golfers of all abilities, in every part of the globe raise a glass to this wonderful game called golf. V1 Sports is proud to have played a part in fostering the growth of the game since 1995. The mid '90s gave birth to the modern Internet allowing V1 to be the first company to deliver online lessons. As of today V1 sports has delivered an more than 3.3 million lessons through the V1 Platform and counting.

National Golf Day celebrates golf’s remarkable impact on millions of people, businesses, and charities. It can be estimated that golf has a nearly $70 billion dollar economy, with one in 75 U.S. jobs impacted by the golf industry. V1 is proud to play a part moving forward with new innovations and a continued desire to grow the game of golf. 

V1 has been one of the longest standing technology partners of the PGA of America and brings 23 years of technology products and services to the golf industry. National Golf Day is an opportunity for everyone to say thanks to a sport that has provided happiness, employment, and love to so many. With that in mind V1 Sports will continue to develop state of the art technology and software that will help golfers today and tomorrow enjoy this great game.

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