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September 06, 2005
High-tech golf swing analysis
Greenwich, Connecticut already boasts more hedge fund managers and CEOs per capita than just about any other city in the U.S. Now, the mean streets of Greenwich are home of the metropolitan area's most sophisticated golf swing analysis tool: the Body Motion System. BioSport Technologies in Greenwich is pioneering the use of a wireless motion tracking vest developed at MIT that can help golf instructors point out all the flaws in the mechanics of a golf swing:
"It's looking at tracking the golf motion in real time, specifically the hips and shoulders in terms of the range of motion of the hips and shoulders, how fast each body segment is moving. This will quantify the motion in terms of how fast each body part is moving and how much. Video doesn't do that... With the quantitative information you know just how far the shoulders turned, how fast they turned, and what sequence, so there's no guesswork. And the body is moving so fast in golf the naked eye can't see it. Even on video you can be fooled at times as to what's going on, so this is kind of like taking an x-ray or MRI on a golf swing and looking deep inside the motions..."
Gizmag has more details on various wireless capture systems and how they can help golfers of all skill levels discover their inner Tiger Woods.
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