Archive for February, 2011

AimPoint Golf in the News

February 28th, 2011

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AimPoint Golf and Mark Sweeney have been in the news a few times this month.  I thought I would share a couple notable items for those of you that haven’t read or seen them.

The first is a video clip from Martin Hall’s Golf Channel show talking about green reading and AimPoint Technologies. This prime time plug on a national golf show has certainly increased the phone ringing and question about the AimPoint system. Here’s the clip:

The other piece was an article from a Canadian golf magazine called Inside Golf Magazine.  Here’s the link to the article titled, “Is AimPoint Technology The Next Big Breakthrough In The Game Of Golf?

I hope you enjoy the update and I really think 2011 will be a banner year for AimPoint Technologies.

Coaching from the Tour – Measuring Success

February 21st, 2011

Coaching Tour PlayersCoaching on the PGA Tour or European Tour is something many of us coaches have set as a goal for ourselves.  I wrote a post a few weeks ago about one of the downsides of working with tour players that you can read here by clicking on the title: Coaching the Elite Golfer.

This post will provide you some information to help prepare you for discussions with your player when perception and reality don’t match.  On tour, I believe many players don’t use statistical analysis in a very productive way. The standard programs for stat comparison simply don’t take into account how they played relative to the rest of the field. So, it doesn’t take into account how difficult the course was or the weather played in.  Here is a picture and graph of a tour players stats before and while working with a new coach. The data in the next two examples are provided by tour coach James Ridyard and represents one of his experiences.

Tour Player Stats

Basically, you can see that statistically speaking, this player was playing similar to the level he was before and during time with the new coach. But is this the true story? Let’s look at the data below from these events as it relates to this player relative to the field over the same time period.

Tour Player Stats - Relative to FieldNow, this data paints a much different picture of this player before and during the time with the coach.  A very clear picture of improvement is shown relative to the other players he was competing against. Isn’t this how a coach and player should be evaluated?   As a coach, it is critical to not only show the player how to improve their score (however that may be) but it’s also critical to show the player how they are actually performing relative to others. This gives the player and coach the best information to move forward and I think this second set of information is critical during renegotiation and evaluation.
Now this doesn’t stop the whispering that happens in the locker room but it may just quiet the little voices of doubt in the player or coaches head.  This peace of mind and confidence from proven improvement may just be enough to allow them to play even better golf.

Now this isn’t designed to say that improved ball striking guarantees a players or coaches success. However, this can be the measuring stick that is used to assess the coaches ability. If a coach is hired to work on ball striking and the coach can show improved ball striking but the player still doesn’t have success, wouldn’t the coach/player want to know that. Once again, it helps with what area’s need further attention and provides a clearer pathway to lower scores.

Isn’t this what they both want?

Please pass this on to players and coaches that could find this information useful or valuable by clicking on one of the social media buttons at the bottom of the post. Please also considering forwarding the email to whomever you think would like to read it. Thanks for reading.

Trackman and Initial Ball Flight Direction

February 19th, 2011

Trackman Horizontal Launch Data

Here’s a picture from a Trackman presentation I thought would make for a very interesting discussion. You can click on the image to see its full size.  Basically, this chart shows the  results from a case study comparing different golfers and Horizontal Launch Angle. It discusses the Face Angles and Club Paths contribution to Horizontal Launch Angle.

Here’s how to read the chart. The bottom numbers represent ball speed (in MPH) and the numbers on the side represent the percentage of contribution in the Horizontal Launch. The blue line would represent 100% contribution from Club Path to Horizontal Launch and the red line would represent 100% contribution from Club Face Angle.

There’s been a general consensus that the ball starts at about 85% of Face Angle.  You can see that this is not necessarily accurate.  Their are many factors that go into the full answer.  Each dot in this chart is a hit. There were a multitude of golfers used and you can see they were from a wide range of skill levels and swing speeds.  I’m am not aware if the slower swing speeds are different clubs or just the same club with a slower speed.  The other thing we don’t know is where on the face these shots were hit and the divergence of the face on path on these shots.

In any event, I think this will give you some food for thought.  Aside from swing speed and loft, friction is the other main component for Horizontal Launch Angle.  This friction is one of the main reasons why lofted clubs will tend to be a little closer to 65% of the face angle direction relative to the 85% we hear about driver face angle direction.  Just remember, the face angles contribution can vary and only with measurements from an accurate machine can we truly understand what happened at impact.

Please consider sharing this information with as many people as you can by using the Twitter and Facebook buttons at the bottom of this post. The more teachers and players that understand the reality of ball flight, the better off everyone will be.

John Graham’s New Twitter Golf Pro Paper

February 15th, 2011

John Graham's Twitter Paper

Welcome to John Graham’s New Twitter Paper

As the number of good articles on Twitter continue to increase, I was looking for a way to gather them up and put them in one place so I wouldn’t miss anything.  So far, the best I have come up with is what you see above.  Basically, it is a paper I designed that will go through my Golf Pro list and pull tweets with video, pics and links in them into this one place. The only downside is that it doesn’t pull all of them.

It’s still a great way to catch up on things after a good nights sleep as things keep happening in different time zones all over the world.  The paper will update automatically at roughly 9am and 9pm EST. Please consider subscribing to it and I hope it help saves everyone some time.  It is simply the best collection of experts on the planet that contribute to this paper and are on twitter.

I hope you enjoy it.  Click this link to check it out.



I also created another paper at Tweetedtimes and I’d love to hear some feedback about which you think is better. I think the tweetedtimes paper is more complete and I’ve heard it was easier to read on the phone. Here’s a picture:

John Graham's Tweetedtimes Paper

Here’s the link to the Tweetedtimes Paper.

In any event, I hope that one of these papers helps you to keep up with all the great information coming from Golf Professionals from all across the world.

John Graham on Gotham Golf Blog

February 14th, 2011

Here’s another quick little video that was shown on Ralph Perez’s Gotham Golf Blog.  Ralph was kind enough to put together a couple of my AimPoint Green Reading videos. One was shot live at the 2011 PGA Merchandise Show and the other is my video on how to determine the stimp of the green using the AimPoint Charts.

I hope you enjoy them.