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GolfTEC’s My Pro To Go offers personalized swing analysis, instruction

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In the ever-expanding market for golf improvement apps, one newcomer off to a solid start is My Pro To Go. The video-based mobile app was launched in 2012 by golf instruction provider GolfTEC and the Sports Illustrated Golf Group.

“We felt there was a space for mobile lessons and a mobile app,” said Steve Hockman, who has given more than 10,000 lessons and serves as one of the managers of teaching quality and manager of My Pro To Go at GolfTEC. “We have over 180 centers across the country and across the world and we are not able to reach some golfers who live outside of areas that do not have a GolfTEC so they need and want our instruction, it’s just not feasible to travel to an in-center facility.”

A major appeal of My Pro To Go is that it’s easy to use. After registering for an account, users purchase lesson credits ranging from $39 for a single lesson to $249 for a nine-lesson plan.

Next, video your swing from the front and side using a smartphone or other recording device, upload it to the My Pro To Go app or website and submit your swing video. In about 48 hours, you will receive a personalized expert swing lesson and game-improvement drills on your phone, tablet or home computer from your My Pro To Go coach.

My Pro To Go, with access to thousands of lessons from Golf Magazine and Golf.com and hundreds of PGA professionals through the GolfTEC teaching network, aims to equip players with everything they need to improve.

“I know how gratifying, frustrating, humbling, and enjoyable the game of golf can be and I have the ability to help students reach the enjoyment part faster and easier,” Hockman said. “I certainly do feel that the market for golf-focused apps is on the rise. With the younger generation being so tech savvy and about having what they need and want in the palm of their hand, I see why golf apps will work and be the next wave of instruction.”

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John Lahtinen is a Connecticut-based writer with nearly 20 years of experience involving news, media, communications, higher education, PR and marketing. He has been playing golf forever and is still finding unique ways to ruin a good round. Adding to his confusion, he plays both right- and left-handed.

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  1. Dreg Golf

    Jul 27, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    The ApP BLOWS, there’s no way to set it up and then get in position to film yourself. You need another person— it needs a timer setting. Also, it doesn’t capture enough frames….too blurry.

  2. Tommy

    Jul 25, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    My GolfTec iPhone app simply does 1/2 the things this article says. Very basic. Where is this huge database you speak of? And the app does not exist on my iPad…

  3. Db9

    Jul 25, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Not true at all. Try recording your swing using the V1 coaching app. You can view it frame by frame, it works surprisingly well.

  4. KB33

    Jul 25, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Now if we could only have our cellphones capture the frame rate required to analyze our swings…waste of money

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Remembering the 2018 Wells Fargo and the Tiger Woods Phase 1 irons

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As we prepare for the 2021 rendition of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Golf Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, there is no better time than to look back at some of the modern history of the event, including when Tiger Woods set the equipment world ablaze by showing up with his very first set of TaylorMade irons the TW Phase 1 in 2018.

The TaylorMade TW Phase 1 irons went into Tiger’s bag after almost a year of using the much-discussed TGR Prototype, which were confirmed to have been made by Nike before they closed up shop (but were stamped sans Swoosh or other Nike badging).

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We should note that the team at Artisan Golf including the famous man behind the grinding wheel Mike Taylor did help in the prototyping of the Phase 1 irons, which lead to the final creation: the TaylorMade P7TW.

The PH1 set was a collaboration between TaylorMade and Mike Taylor with a new cosmetic design we created. We didn’t want to change any significant performance attributes because the immediate goal was to get TW into a TM iron. We partnered with Mike Taylor to help with the creation of PH1 as well as the learning process required for the development of P7TW. For us, it was a learning experience as TW went through his testing protocol for a new set. Making sure everything was dialed in and felt right.

– Matt Bovee, Taylormade Golf

With all the equipment news, it was a big week and for Tiger. The new irons resulted in a T55 (+2) with the highlight being a 68 on Saturday. As for the winner, it was Jason Day at 12 under. The Australian notched a two-shot win over Aaron Wise and Nick Watney. It was J-Day’s last win to date.

Jason Day’s winning WITB from the event

Driver: TaylorMade M3, set two clicks low (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: TPT Golf Prototype 67 grams

3 Wood: TaylorMade M4 (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage TiNi 80 TX

Irons: TaylorMade P-790 (3-iron), TaylorMade P-730 (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X Seven

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (50, 56), TaylorMade Hi-Toe (60)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red
Loft and lie: 2.5 degrees, 70 degrees

Golf Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord 58R (one wrap of tape)

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GolfWRX Spotted: Ping i59 irons (exclusive in-hand pictures)

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This week, GolfWRX is on-site at the Wells Fargo Championship getting all of the inside equipment scoops from the tour vans, and early this morning we got the scoop of scoops with in-hand pictures of the highly anticipated new Ping i59 irons.

GolfWRX forum: Ping i59 irons – 2021 Wells Fargo Championship

We first spotted these i59’s in the bag of Viktor Hovland a couple of weeks ago from a distance, and now, thanks to in-hand pictures (including some comparison shots) we can take a closer look.

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Even with access to taking images, we don’t yet have any details of the technology from Ping, although there are a few things that can be deduced from the images we captured from the Wells Fargo.

GolfWRX forum: Ping i59 irons – 2021 Wells Fargo Championship

  • They are clearly an “i” iron: The name alone gives us a lot of insight into the golfer this iron is targeted towards, and the i-Series has always been a “better players” iron with added forgiveness. The i59s clearly looks the part with a compact profile and medium to thin sole width.
  • It looks hollow: Based on the head geometry combined with the toe screw, I am willing to bet that these new i59 irons ( at least in the longer irons) are hollow.
    Hollow irons aren’t new for Ping but a player’s centric hollow iron is, which is part of the reason I believe Ping has chosen to go a little off-menu with the name—this is not like any iron Ping has released before.

Beyond speculation, we don’t have any further details about a potential release date, but we will follow this story closely. It’s very rare for Ping to release an iron out for tour use without a release date on the horizon, but with 2020’s impact on OEM logistics, it’s anyone’s guess at the moment.

For all the images, and to join the discussion check out the GolfWRX forum: Ping i59 irons – 2021 Wells Fargo Championship

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WITB Time Machine: Anthony Kim’s 2012 Wells Fargo Championship WITB

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It’s hard to believe it’s been nine years since the dynamic Anthony Kim’s last PGA Tour start at the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship. AK withdrew from the event in Charlotte citing pain in his left thumb, right wrist, and right elbow and hasn’t teed it up as a pro since.

Driver: Nike VR Pro LTD (9.5 degrees @10, 3 degrees open)
Shaft: UST Mamiya Attas RK Proto 7 X (44.75 inches, tipped 1.75 inches, D4)

3-wood: Nike VR Pro LTD (15 degrees @15.5, 3 degrees open)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana Ahina 80 X (43 inches, D4)

5-wood: Nike VR Pro LTD (19 degrees @17, 4 degrees open)
Shaft: UST Mamiya AxivCore Tour Red 89 X (42 inches, D4.5)

Irons: Nike VR Pro Split CB (3), Nike VR Pro MB (4-PW)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (D3, standard length)

Wedges: Nike VR Pro “MT Grind”: (54, 59)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (D4, D4.5)

Putter: Nike Method

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 60R (logo down)

Check out our deep dive interview with then-Nike club tech Ben Giunta here. 

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