From quarantine tips to new technology, we’ve sourced the most beloved blog posts on the V1 Sports Blog. Below is our top 10 list of most read blogs of the year. Thanks for reading, we’ll see you in 2021.
10. Veteran MLB Talent Joins V1 Baseball to Deliver Top-Caliber Interactive Baseball and Softball Training
Young and aspiring athletes now have a golden opportunity to receive innovative expert baseball training from a collection of the game’s top professionals. Practice with Pros, LLC was recently founded by former Major League Baseball players Scott Van Slyke and Shawn Tolleson, and perennial All-Star and two-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw joined the company shortly after its inception. V1 Baseball (a division of V1 Sports) recently formalized a strategic alliance agreement with Practice with Pros to deliver professional-level coaching from top-tier baseball and softball professionals using V1’s industry-leading video analysis and coaching software and mobile apps for athletes and sports performance instructors.
With V1 Baseball, we are bringing to market accessible, personalized hitting, pitching and fielding coaching for baseball players determined to make it to the next level.
9. V1 Pros’ Remote Lessons Keep Golfers Sharp During Quarantine
If you tried to explain to a non-golfer the importance of keeping your swing sharp during shelter-in-place protocol, they probably wouldn’t get it. However, for those of us who are passionate about the game, spring and early summer is typically all about getting your game in shape for a fun and productive season on the links. Thanks to dedicated V1 Pro teaching professionals across North America and Europe, countless golfers have been able to make progress in their games this spring by taking remote lessons over the V1 Golf app.
Chipping balls in the backyard or putting in the basement can certainly keep you connected to the game, but having a top instructor review your swings and send customized lessons back can keep you firmly on the path to improvement. While COVID-19 quarantine guidelines restricted access to thousands of courses, academies and teaching centers across the U.S., a strong number of professionals used the V1 Pro software and mobile app to not only sustain their businesses, but to actually GROW their client bases a bit during the pandemic.
8. Michael Breed Instruction Series: How to Film Your Golf Swing
Join world-renowned golf instructor Michael Breed as he explains where to position your camera to capture golf swings for accurate video analysis. The free V1 Golf golf swing analysis and instruction app empowers golfers to be their best.
7. Welcoming Mandy Von See to V1 Sports as Regional Sales Manager of Southeast Territory
Novi, MI – Golf Industry Veteran Mandy Von See recently joined the the V1 Sports (V1) team as Regional Sales Manager for the Southeast region. Von See brings an enthusiasm for client relationships and a knack for bringing finely-tuned product solutions to businesses that need them.
Von See comes to V1 after a successful run as Director of Operations at RoboGolfPro®. Supporting clients across the globe, she developed partnerships and business relationships across many segments of the golf business. Her travels have also led her to some enviable chance encounters with top playing professionals, like the time she caddied for Bryson DeChambeau during a pro-am round at the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage.
6. Building a Successful Online Golf Instruction Business (Quarantine Edition)
This week at V1 Sports, our Southeast Regional Sales Manager Mandy Von See, had the chance to sit down virtually with Golf Digest Best Young Teacher and PGA TOUR coach Jake Thurm to discusses the role online lessons play in a successful golf instruction business.
From his basement, Jake shared what he’s seen work and not work while he’s built his own succesful online golf academy. Now more than ever, golf coaches must integrate remote digital lessons into their reaching regimen.
A quick spoiler from the webinar, don’t wait to start an online business. You’re going to want to start now.
5. Take a Lesson from Teacher to the Pros, California’s Mike Schy
Do you ever see professional players with their coaches on the range at PGA TOUR events and wonder what a lesson from a leading teaching pro could do for YOUR game? Now, with V1 Marketplace, you can easily access and learn from some of the most popular and top-rated teachers in the game today.
It’s as simple as clicking on the teaching pro of your choice from V1 Marketplace’s growing list of PGA teaching professionals then selecting the lesson plan with that pro that works for you. Before long, you’ll be sending a top teacher your swing videos and receiving expert feedback, lessons and drills to improve golf swing.
One of the most intriguing teaching pros currently on V1 Marketplace is longtime V1 Pro user Mike Schy, founder and director of Madera, California’s Golf Performance Institute and personal coach of five-time winner on the PGA TOUR, Bryson DeChambeau, who currently leads the Tour in driving distance and ranks fifth in scoring average. Schy’s work with the former U.S. Amateur and NCAA Men’s Individual champion goes back to early in Dechambeau’s playing career, so he’s seen Bryson’s transition to single-length irons, larger grips and a host of atypical adjustments that have contributed to the young pro’s success.
4. Pro Tip Tuesday Featuring Pro Instructor Brian Mogg
One of the most prolific, and globally-minded, instructors in the golf industry, Brian Mogg was coached by legendary teacher David Leadbetter during his professional golf career and eventually joined the Leadbetter Academy as a teacher in 1993. By 1997, he was the Academy’s director of instruction and in 2002, he founded the first Brian Mogg Golf Academy in Orlando, FL. Today, Mogg oversees an expert instruction staff with Academy locations in Florida, Washington, Ontario and South Korea.
Mogg’s professional students have won more than two dozen times on the PGA TOUR and other tours worldwide, including Y.E. Yang’s victory at the 2009 PGA Championship. Mogg is a GOLF Magazine Top-100 Teacher and one of Golf Digest’s 50 Best Teachers in America and regularly uses the V1 Pro platform to improve his professional and amateur students’ games using video swing analysis and a unique teaching sensibility forged over more than four decades of playing and teaching at the highest levels.
3. Shot Tracking is Even Easier with V1 Game for Apple Watch
V1 Game for Apple Watch gives you the flexibility to track accurate shots while keeping your phone in your golf bag.
Utilize Your Apple Watch SMARTER
This leads to two main ways to utilize the Apple Watch when playing a round of golf with V1 Game:
1) Keep your phone in your pocket.
Pros: This solves the issue as your iPhone GPS will accurately reflect your position on the golf course and yardages will be correct. This also allows you to mark shots using the interface on your watch and have instant syncing with your iPhone to review marked shots as you play.
Cons: You must keep your phone on you throughout the round.
2. Tom Saguto Shares “The Greatest Swing Tip of All Time”
Pro Tip Tuesday Featuring Tom Saguto
No need to look for understated modesty in the titles of Tom Saguto’s golf instruction videos on Youtube. They’re brash, bold and funny- a little like the Pawleys Island, South Carolina-based teaching pro, himself. “The Single Most Important Contact Tip in Golf History,” “If You’re Not ‘More In,’ You’re a Moron,” “A Sledgehammer Can Teach You Everything About the Golf Swing” and “I Am Fixing Tom Brady’s Golf Swing.” Yep. He puts it right out there. And, to his credit, he’s finding success and reaching an ever-growing audience who value his fresh approach and “body-friendly” method of swinging the golf club.
1. Pro Feature: Meet Tom Saguto
Try something for me. Next time you’re playing golf or just talking golf with friends, ask the group if they’ve ever heard the name Tom Saguto. Last time I asked, a buddy swore he played catcher for the St. Louis Cardinals in the late 1960s. Another wondered if he was one of those guys who does those house-flipping informercials that run ad nauseaum on late-night cable, or perhaps a celebrity chef with his own line of marinara.
The Tom Saguto in question is none of those things. He is, however, a bright, young instructor with one of the fastest-growing golf-related Youtube channels today. Since just before the start of COVID-19 shelter-in-place protocols in March, the Pawley’s Island, SC-based Saguto has added 38,000 subscribers who follow his high-energy brand of teaching the golf swing. His persona and delivery call to mind a young Jim Carrey blended with the confidence, passion and swing expertise of Michael Breed with a dash of golf-centric impressionist Connor Moore just to dial up the entertainment value. The videos are head turners, to say the least.