For those who think and say that golf is a game of feel, Dr. Robert Grober may change the way we feel.
Dr. Grober developed the technology behind Sonic Golf, a system that translates each golfer’s swing into a series of audible tones that reflect speed and tempo. By listening to the sounds generated during the swing, a golfer can more easily make changes, resulting in dramatic improvements for beginning golfers and easy tweaking for advanced players.
“Sonic Golf helps golfers make the transition from mechanics to golf swing.” – Jerry King, PGA Teaching Professional, Kapalua Golf Academy, Maui
We all know that good golf swings are rhythmic, but usually a beginning golfer’s swing hasn’t progressed to that level yet, unless he/she was born with a sense of rhythm.
So Grober, a physics professor at Yale, spent more than a decade researching the golf swing. The Sonic Golf system that he developed and now uses with everyone from new golfers to PGA Tour pros utilizes a sensor that is installed in the grip of a club.
With the information about the swing that the sensor generates, sound is transferred to wireless headphones that the golfer wears. The feedback helps the golfer adjust the swing; results can be seen in as little as 20 minutes.
“Sonic Golf provided me a different way of understanding my swing.” – Charlotte Mayorkas, LPGA Futures Tour
Most professional golfers already have a good idea of tempo and rhythm.
Take Tiger Woods for example.
He takes 1.08 seconds to hit a driver, and he takes 1.08 seconds to hit a wedge. A swing that’s repetitive and consistent is the hallmark of a great golfer.
The company plans to release a version of the Sonic Golf system that users can purchase for their own use. Interested golfers will be able to purchase a club already outfitted with the sensor, or can buy the sensor for their own clubs. Plus, Allen says the company is working with a major grip manufacturer to have grips that will open for easy insertion and removal of the device.
Sonic Golf is likely to appeal to teaching professionals, too, as another way to get across their messages about swing changes.
For those of us who struggle with tempo and weren’t born with great rhythm, this invention could be the difference in long lasting golf happiness versus a lifetime of frustration.
Visit the Sonic Golf website for more info.