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Swing Catalyst: Balance your swing and stay connected

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Swing Catalyst has enhanced the relationship between golfer and instructor by connecting technologies from three different platforms: Swing Catalyst Online, the Swing Catalyst App and Swing Catalyst video analysis software.

The trio, which the company calls an “ecosystem,” works in conjunction with the Swing Catalyst balance sensor plate, and allows for students and instructors to use Doppler radar launch monitors such as Trackman or Flightscope to further analyze the swing within the software.

The company is innovative in the golf industry because of its interconnectivity, allowing instructors to utilize various technologies using only one program.  The relationship between teacher and student is more efficient than ever because feedback can be immediate, with no restrictions of space or time.

While other companies have video software with analysis capabilities, Swing catalyst consolidates information and data in an interactive way like few others.

The student is able to send their instructor a video of their swing, along with shot specifics such as ball speed, swing speed, spin rates, smash factor, carry distance, etc., and the instructor can provide feedback through Swing Catalyst Online. Even more helpful, the software saves all of the information from every swing in the student’s database, allowing for future reference and comparisons between swings.

In an industry saturated with new instructional technologies, the Swing Catalyst balance plate is yet another innovative product that shows weight distribution throughout the swing. Golfers can use this as a new experience and intriguing look at their movement, while instructors can utilize the information to correct crucial fundamental mistakes at the core of a swing.

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“The Swing Catalyst Balance Plate is a highly advanced sensor plate consisting of more than 2,000 high-resolution sensors, specifically designed for swing analysis,” said Tom Christian Lindvag, marketing manager for Swing Catalyst. “Although it has been designed to help golfers improve their game, it is powered by the similar technology being used at advanced hospitals and medical research facilities around the world, where accuracy is a must.”

The balance plate started as an aid for Norwegian olympians competing in ski jump events, and is also used in the medical field, according to Lindvag. The analysis of balance, movement and weight distribution turned out to be quite helpful in the golf swing as well.

At the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show, I had the pleasure of using the technology for the first time. Although the launch monitor software was not hooked up during the last hour of the event when I tested Swing Catalyst, the balance plate was still available.

Suzann Pettersen Balance

Having never worked with weight distribution analysis, or ever really thought about it, the feedback from the first swing was eye-opening. My weight, after moving forward during the downswing, shifted back abruptly at impact, and remained on my toes for the majority of my follow through. After a few adjustments my weight remained centered, and I contacted the ball without struggling with a pull-hook for the first time in months.

“The Swing Catalyst Balance Plate has been instrumental in allowing me to look behind the curtain of video, and quantify what is really happening in the golf swing,” says Andrew Rice, director of instruction at Berkeley Hall in Bluffton, S.C. and one of America’s top golf coaches.

The Swing Catalyst balance plate can identify flaws in the golf swing that are not perceivable to the naked eye, even the trained eye of America’s best teachers. Combined with the “ecosystem” from Swing Catalyst, this system can’t help but improve the golf swing.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. stephen

    Feb 25, 2014 at 6:56 am

    Be nice if someone made a similar app using a much cheaper wii balance board. Granted, it wouldn’t be anywhere near as good.

    • billy

      Feb 26, 2014 at 11:31 am

      Believe it or not there was a program put out by Leadbetter a few years back that actually detected sway in your swing. It just did a poor job of telling you how to fix it.

  2. DIRK

    Feb 24, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Seems really cool and certainly helpful, but prohibitively expensive.

    One mat(balance plate) costs 6K. The 3d plate costs 20K.

    Looks like the cost of lessons is going up again….

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New Fujikura Ventus Red and Fujikura Ventus Black shafts officially launched

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Fujikura Ventus Red, Fujikura Ventus Black

Fujikura has been on a roll in 2019 with the Ventus shaft series, including multiple wins on the PGA Tour. What started off as one shaft is now officially three profiles with the introduction on the Ventus Red and the Ventus Black shafts.

We speculated on these when they first arrived on tour for testing (WRX SPOTTED: Fujikura Ventus Black, WRX SPOTTED: Fujikura Ventus Red), and now we have all the official details.

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Top to bottom: Fujikura Ventus Red, Fujikura Ventus Blue, Fujikura Ventus Black

Fujukira Ventus Red, Fujikura Ventus Black details

Just like with the original Blue, the new Ventus Red and Ventus Black profiles are designed to help tighten shot dispersion and maximize ball speed off the driver and fairway woods–especially on off-center shots. What makes the Ventus line unique is Fujikura’s VeloCore Technology, which was developed to boost the clubhead’s performance by maximizing energy transfer combined with an accelerated taper design that enhances the loading of the shaft and players feel.

“Like with ATMOS Tour Spec, we expanded the line of Ventus to provide players and fitters with three different profile options to really fine tune their performance numbers. As we know one size does not fit all with clothing or golf shafts, so we wanted to offer more than just one profile of Ventus. These days, players are looking to hit ultra-precise spin and launch numbers, sometimes within 100 rpm of their target. Having multiple profiles allows us to accomplish this.” Pat McCoy Director of Tour Operations.

The Ventus line extension is a direct result of tour players looking for the same stability and accuracy that they’ve experienced with Ventus Blue but in a launch/spin profile they require based on their swing characteristics. The Ventus Red is designed to achieve slightly higher launch and spin than the current profile of Ventus Blue—which can be both helpful in the driver and fairway woods.

On the other hand, the Ventus Black is an extremely stout profile designed for more aggressive players with a stiffer profile in the butt section and especially in the tip section compared to the original Ventus Blue profile. The color-coded shafts line up to similar launch characteristics of other Fujikura products including the Atmos line:

  • Ventus Red provides golfers with a mid-high launch option with mid-spin for more carry distance
  • Ventus Blue (Original) delivers a mid-launch with low spin
  • Ventus Black produces a low launch with low spin for golfers who need a more penetrating ball flight

Fujikura Ventus: What the manufacturer says

“Ventus has an entirely new and proprietary multi-material bias core construction that delivers ultimate stability through transition and impact called VeloCore. The multi-material core is comprised of ultra- high modulus Pitch 70 Ton Carbon Fiber and 40 Ton bias layers that are the full length of the shaft for incredible stability. In addition to VeloCore Technology, Ventus is engineered with an ultra-stiff tip section – to reduce twist and lower spin – and an accelerated taper butt section maximizes energy transfer through the swing – enhancing feel and shaft loading. The result is an extremely stable, high-performance shaft designed to empower your driver or fairway wood.”

The Ventus line is available in a wide variety of weights in flexes ranging from 57 grams to 86 grams and R2 up to X flex. The shafts retail for $350 MSRP and are available exclusively at authorized Fujikura Charter Dealers starting September 3,2019. 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Scotty Cameron Albertsons Boise Open putter covers”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day showcases Scotty Cameron’s Albertsons Boise Open putter covers. The vibrant french fries themed covers have been receiving plenty of love from our members in our forums, with one WRXer calling the new additions their “favorite headcover in a long time.”

Here are a few posts from the thread but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say on the covers at the link below.

  • jschwarb: “Gave up french fries many months ago … this cover makes me happy and sad. I’ll probably grab one for my T22 Fastback.”
  • manVSgolf: “This is my favorite headcover in a long time. Can’t wait to receive mine. Orders are still available for Club Cameron members.”
  • chrisokeefe12: “Those are so sick would love to get my hands on one of those.”

Entire Thread: “Scotty Cameron Albertsons Boise Open putter covers”

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Top 10 most iconic driver and fairway wood shafts of all time

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If there is one thing we love as golf gear junkies, it’s driver (and fairway wood) shafts!

From the early years to today’s modern designs, materials, and profiles, there are some shafts that have maintained steady popularity—like a Ping Eye 2 lob wedge. There are a lot of graphite shafts that have stood the test of time, and they bring back memories of great driver combos gone by.

This is my top 10 list (in no particular order) of the most iconic driver shafts of all time.

Fujikura 757 Speeder

Fujikura golf shaft

Launched more than two decades ago, you could arguably say it’s the shaft that started the shaft craze. Built from advanced materials in a profile that was designed to work for stabilizing larger driver heads of the time—you know when 300cc was HUGE. The Speeder 757 was an instant hit among PGA Tour players, most notably Fred Couples, who used the shaft for over a decade and was said to have at one point remove all the remaining stock from one of the equipment vans for his personal use.

Aldila NV

Aldila NV Green golf shaft

One of the very first “low-spin monsters,” the Aldila NV took the PGA Tour and retail by storm when it was introduced. The unique green paint made it easily recognizable, and thanks to the many weights it was offered in, it was just as popular in fairway woods as it was in drivers. Honorable mention goes to its cousin the NVS (orange version) that was softer in profile and easier to launch. At a time when most off the rack drivers had three shaft options (low, medium, and high flight-promoting shafts), the NV was the staple as the low-launch option in many OEM offerings.

Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board

Diamana Blue Board - Tiger shaft

Originally very hard to find, the Diamana Blue Board was a shaft that fit a large variety of golfers. Its name was derived from the blue oval that surrounded the “Diamana” on the all silver/ion painted shaft. Just like others on the list, the Blue Board came in a variety of weight options and was made particularly popular by Tiger Woods. Best known by most shaft junkies as being extremely smooth, it is one of the first sought after shafts in the aftermarket.

True Temper EI-70

True temper graphite EI70

It’s hard to picture a classic 900 series Titleist Driver without an EI-70 shaft in it. The EI-70 was lower torque—when that was a big talking point in shaft design—and it had a fairly stout profile, which in turn made it very stable. Unlike others on the list, it was much more subdued as far as its paint and graphics, but the green shaft was a mainstay for many years on tour and in the bags or recreational golfers.

Graphite Design Tour AD DI-6/7

Tour AD Di7 Tiger orange shaft

It’s hard to figure out if it was the design and performance of the shaft or the performance of a certain golfer (a certain Mr. Woods) that to this day makes the Tour AD DI-7 so popular. Painted BRIGHT orange with a bend profile that offered a lot of stability and playability for a variety of player types, it can still be spotted on tour every week. You could call the DI-7 the grandchild of the YS6/7, which should also get an honorable mention for its well documented smooth feel.

UST ProForce

UST golf shaft gold graphite

The aptly nicknamed “Lakers Shaft” because of its original gold and purple paint job, this was another shaft that was just as popular at the retail level as it was on the PGA Tour. As driver head sizes were going up (400cc ), players were looking for stability and this offered it. The most notable player to use it was Jim Furyk, who won the 2003 U.S. Open with one in the bag.

Grafalloy Blue

Blue graphite shaft stenson

Henrik Stenson and the Grafalloy Blue in his 3-wood. Name a more iconic duo…(I’ll wait). An updated and stiffer version of the Prolite, the Blue stood out for a couple reasons—its color, and its extremely low torque. Most golfers wouldn’t consider the Blue a very smooth feeling shaft, because it took a lot of speed and a quick tempo to maximize its performance, but it did birth another shaft for average player: the Prolaunch Blue, which is still available to this day.

Matrix Ozik TP7HD

1000 golf shaft Matrix

$1,100 bucks! That was the original asking price for the Martix Ozik TP7HD. Matrix thought of this design as a concept car of shafts and threw everything they had at it including exotic materials like Zylon, and the fact that it was wrapped on a 16-sided hexadecagon mandrel. Some golfers said it had a fluid-like feel (we golfers can sure be weirdly descriptive) but it still had a LOT of stability thanks to the materials. Although never as popular as many on the list, if you did spot one of these in the wild you knew its owner was VERY serious about golf gear.

True Temper Bi-Matrix

bimatrix Bubba golf shaft

Bi (two) matrix (a surrounding medium or structure). The first and only truly notable shaft to be made from putting two very different and distinct pieces together. The bottom portion of the shaft utilizes a steel tip section that serves to add stability and additional weight. This shaft is quirky, which is something that could also be said about Bubba Watson, who has used this shaft for over a decade now in MANY different Ping drivers (although Tiger did give it a go for a short period).

Accra SE-80

ryan palmer accra 5 wood shaft

This shaft might seem like the underdog of the bunch, but if you talk to any longtime club builder and get into “vintage” aftermarket shafts, undoubtedly the Accra SE-80 is going to come up at some point. Originally launched in 2006, the SE-80 combined a very low torque rating with an active tip section to help increase launch—yet feel extremely stable. Even though this shaft design is officially a teenager now, you can still find it in the bag of PGA Tour winner Ryan Palmer, who uses it in a TaylorMade R15 5-wood.

 

Editor’s Note: Let us know any shafts you think should be included in the comment section, WRXers!

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