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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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Best looking pear-shaped 3 wood of all time? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing pear-shaped 3 woods. WRXer ‘GolferDude54’ kicks off the thread, saying:

“I was interested in knowing what 3 wood in the present and past do you guys think has had the best looking profile at address and is pear-shaped to boot, i.e. Titleist 906F2. Like you look down at address, and it just oozes of being aesthetically pleasing to your eye. You can even post more than one 3-wood and a list as well if you are torn between this and that.”

And our members have been sharing their best picks in our forum.

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

  • Dill Pickelson: “I owned the 906f2 and agree it was a perfect looking 3 wood at address. I currently play the rogue st ls 3 wood and also think it looks great at address. This is exactly how I want a 3 wood to look, no triangular 3 woods, no closed face or slight offsets. I also liked the Ping i20 3 wood. It sat very nicely behind the ball.”
  • hammergolf: “Hard to beat the Titleist PT. Had one in the bag for almost a decade.”
  • Boogs2: “I’ve always liked the Nike T60. Still have one with the steel shaft. Loved how deep-faced it was.”
  • puresurfr: “Titleist 970, love the shape, and it was like a sledgehammer when hit on the screws. Honorable mention for Nike T60.”

Entire Thread: “Best looking pear-shaped 3 wood of all time? – GolfWRXers discuss”

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (8/11/22): Tiger Woods MG3 TaylorMade wedges

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At GolfWRX, we are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways.

It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buying and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a pair of Tiger Woods MG3 TaylorMade wedges

From the seller (@tincup_jeff): “Tiger Woods MG3 wedges.  These are new, never hit.  Wish I didn’t take the damn plastic off, or else I would just send it back to TaylorMade for my $425 refund.  I just can’t play a 56/ 60 combo, I’m not good enough.  These wedges are absolutely beautiful to look at and sit perfectly on the ground. 1 flat, and +.25”, standard Loft.  Golf pride MCC Midsized grip.  KBS 120S shafts. I would prefer to sell them together.  $365 shipped.  I paid $429 for them a week ago through TaylorMade.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Tiger Woods MG3 TaylorMade wedges

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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Scotty Cameron unveils new Special Select Jet Set putters

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Scotty Cameron has today introduced the new range of Special Select Jet Set putters.

The limited release features a four-model collection designed for the player looking for a particular design aesthetic in a high-performance configuration with attention to shape, color palette and finish.

Precision milled in the United States from a block of 303 stainless steel, each new Limited Release Special Select Jet Set putter incorporates Scotty’s performance balanced weighting technology featuring customizable sole weights, as well as purpose-built aluminum sole plates designed to optimize weight distribution in the wider profile of the Plus models.

Speaking on the new range, Scotty Cameron said:

“A lot of golfers want to game the same putters the pros play. Our new Special Select Jet Set putters offer a taste of that experience with a few extras that put them in a category of their own. The Tour Black finish is something a lot of people really like, so when I can, I make putters using it combined with dark, smoky accents. The overall tone-on-tone look is inspired by custom car builders, and that’s where the Jet Set name comes from. We’ve offered this concept in years past. This is the next version of Jet Set. Specifically, the ‘Plus’ models that are in between the width of a Newport 2 and a Squareback 2. I developed this “tweener” size working with a few Tour players who wanted something in between the width of a traditional blade and our Squareback flange width. The Special Select Jet Set Newport Plus and Newport 2 Plus offer those desired sizes and happen to be the first we’ve created for everyone. Limited releases like these new Special Select Jet Set models are for those who want a high-performance putter, but also that little extra.”

In addition, the Special Select Jet Set Newport, Special Select Jet Set Newport Plus, Special Select Jet Set Newport 2 and Special Select Jet Set Newport 2 Plus feature custom graphics, a Tour Black finish with a dark, tonal color scheme, a specialized Pistolini Plus grip, shaft band and headcover.

Displaying the evolution of Scotty’s research in bringing the benefits of higher MOI to blade putter shapes, the line’s “Plus” models introduce slightly wider profiles than standard face-to-flange blade dimensions in design to offer maximum performance from a blade putter.

Special Select Jet Set Newport

“A souped-up version of Scotty’s classic heel-and-toe weighted blade, the Special Select Jet Set Newport includes a plumbing neck, the model’s distinctive rounded features and a unique sight line milled on the topline. Precision milled from 303 stainless steel, this limited release putter has a solid face, misted Tour Black finish, adjustable performance balanced raw tungsten sole weighting and includes the line’s new textured Pistolini Plus grip and Jet Set headcover.”

Special Select Jet Set Newport Plus

“Crafted slightly wider when measured from face to flange, the Special Select Jet Set Newport Plus offers a new size in high-performance blade putter design. Relying on proven multi-material design methodology, Scotty accommodated the fuller profile by distributing weight to the perimeter and incorporating a 6061 aircraft grade aluminum sole plate, anodized black and engraved with the line’s Jet Set graphics. A milled flange sight line provides clean alignment, while customizable stainless steel sole weights provide balance. A new, textured Pistolini Plus grip, Jet Set shaft band and specialized headcover complete the package.”

Special Select Jet Set Newport 2

“Designed with the proven shape, plumbing neck and tri-sole of a modern Newport 2, the Special Select Jet Set Newport 2 is milled from 303 stainless steel with customizable tungsten sole weights, a Tour Black finish and the line’s Jet Set graphics package, including a specialty shaft band, headcover and textured Pistolini Plus grip. Incorporating a subtle design characteristic—and inspired by the putters he makes for touring professionals—Scotty included a milled sight line on the topline rather than a standard flange line. A limited number of left-handed Special Select Jet Set Newport 2 models were also created.”

Special Select Jet Set Newport 2 Plus

“Splitting the difference in flange width between a Special Select Newport 2 and Squareback 2, the Special Select Jet Set Newport 2 Plus offers a Tour-inspired shape that introduces the next profile in high-performance blade design. Milled from 303 stainless steel with a solid face, the Newport 2 Plus has a 6061 aircraft grade aluminum sole plate, anodized black and engraved with the line’s Jet Set graphics. A milled flange sight line provides clean alignment, while customizable stainless steel sole weights provide balance. The putter includes the line’s new, textured Pistolini Plus grip, Jet Set shaft band and specialized headcover.”

The limited release Special Select Jet Set putters will be available worldwide on Aug. 19, 2022, at Titleist authorized golf shops, and are priced at $650 each.

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