There are systems out there which are thousands of bucks, designed to analyze golf swings. They can draw lines for posture, swing planes etc. They also have super slow mo for capturing crucial points in time during the swing.
Enter the Casio EX-FS10
Now Casio has a pocket sized, point and shoot camera which could replace many of those high end pro analysis system’s features. The EX-FS10 has all the features a normal camera would have, plus high speed movie capture of up to 1,000 fps (frames per second). That is amazing. For reference, standard video is 30 frames per second. At that speed you’d better have a big memory card though. There are also settings for 210fps, 420fps and variable 30-210fps.
The Casio web site doesn’t show the lines in the photo here, the digital golf pro. I’m gathering that though the camera is available now in the USA, that feature isn’t available in models here, yet.
Perhaps I can get my hands on one of these babies soon and give it a test run.
The weather is changing here. The grass on the courses has slowed or stopped growing. When the courses aren’t covered in winter snow here in Utah and the grass is dormant, the lies in the fairways or anywhere there’s short grass, can be very tight.
Chipping with higher lofted wedges
I usually like to chip with my 56 degree wedge, put the ball back in my stance, close the face and hit a descending blow to get it running. If I need the ball to run less or carry more, I’ll use my lob wedge (60). But the tighter the lies and the rustier I get (from playing less due to the weather), the tougher these shots become to execute.
Chipping with mid-irons
Yesterday on the 6th hole (with my opponents pressing me I might add) I had one of these very tight lies. I had a tough tight lie and no green to work with. I was about 10-15 feet short of the green on this par-3, and there was a front pin. Having never even practiced this shot I grabbed my 8-iron and decided I’d just put a putting stroke on it. I figured the amount of loft on the club would get the ball in the air just enough to carry the ball over enough of the short grass, yet roll the ball like a putt when it got to the green. I assumed my putting stance and grip, choking down on the club to about where my normal putting grip would be on my putter.
My opponents watched in horror and amazement as the low shot bounced twice in the short grass, landed on the fringe and rolled just like a perfect putt straight to the hole. My pal Arnie dropped his putter on the ground and threw his hands up in the air as my 8-iron chip dropped center cut in the hole for birdie.
I turned to them and said “I guess I’ll be using that shot more.”
Later in the round on #11 I had a similar scenario. Once again I was just short of the green with a front pin. I hit the same shot with my 8-iron. I didn’t drain this one for birdie, but did leave myself an easy 1-footer to save par.
If the ground is smooth enough and you can roll the ball a bit around the greens, it may be easier to put a more pendulum-like stroke on a mid-iron rather than trying to make perfect contact with a higher lofted club. If you’re like me and sometimes have trouble chipping, try hitting some running shots with a lower lofted club and a putting stroke. It is very hard, almost impossible, to blade or hit this shot fat.
NURU has a model which will succeed in today’s economy with their extremely simple and affordable golf training aids. I had to split my interview into two chunks to fit them on YouTube.
I’m packin’ my gear now (camera, laptop and a couple of golf shirts). I’ll be landing in Vegas in time for din-din tonight and then hitting the sack resting for the PGA Show Fall Expo. I’ll be live blog-casting from the show and taking lots of photos of all the cool new golf products I find.
I haven’t attended this show and I’m sure it won’t be close to as big as the main PGA Show in Orlando. That being said, this will be a good chance to do some research with companies and individuals who may not make it to Orlando.
Meeting Tuesday at 3:00
HOG readers and The Golf Space members who are attending the show will be getting together at 3:00 Tuesday! We’re meeting at the “Swingreminders” booth, #962.
See you there!
I just booked my flights and hotel for the 2008 PGA Fall Expo in Las Vegas. I’ll do anything to eat lasagna at my favorite Italian restaurant, Batistas. The show has a demo day and tournament on Monday the 25th (which I won’t be attending) and then the expo all day the Tuesday the 26th and Wednesday the 27th. For more details about the show click here.
Contact me at the flashing email address below for an appointment if you’d like to meet with me at the show! I’ll be at the show for the full duration of the Tuesday & Wednesday sessions.