Why the use of Boditrak or other Vector Plates are a definite must in Learning Golf!
That's Justin Thomas on the right.
The squiggly lines you see there is his center of pressure trace or COP.
The Center of Pressure trace in a golf swing can be defined as the sum of vertical ground forces at a particular point in the golf swing. This is not to be confused by weight shift. You can look it up here www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJfeahPKaa0 for a general description.
Why is the use of this tool important for golfers trying to get better? Well, because It is almost impossible for a coach to see exactly how your are using ground reaction forces in your swing with the naked eye. This tool measures exactly what type of COP trace you have. Every single Professional golfer shows a pattern of measurement that is ideal for solid ball striking and the chances that you are creating these same measurements is close to ZERO. Other than video analysis, I have found my use with Boditrak to be the single most important determining factor in how I approach my lessons. I have by far seen the most dramatic results with the use of this machine in over 16 years of my swing coaching experience. Do not go to any swing coach who does not use this machine or a similar one such as "Swing Catalyst" in diagnosing your swing problems... I don't care how cheap you're paying for your lessons, you're wasting your time and money. Technological advances in golf instruction is here to make this game a much more enjoyable experience, please use it to your advantage.
Almost every golf lesson golf begins with a lesson on the "GRIP." However, the fact of the matter is, none of these lessons will teach you how the grip should feel in relationship to the whole left arm; from the wrists, elbows and through the shoulders. The secret to feeling a connected trunk rotation and light grip pressure is not only in how your hands hold the club, but also how your arms hold your hand. If your arms are not holding your hands correctly, you will never ever be able to play consistent golf. I repeat, If your arms are not holding you hands correctly, you will never ever be able to play consistent golf!
That's right, your hands hold the club yes, but what holds your hands? Your arms do! I know what you're thinking, that it can't be so hard to learn how to hold the club correctly. But, what if I told you that less than 5% of all the lessons who come to me are not holding the club correctly because of the way their wrists, elbows and shoulders are positioned? You would be surprised at how many swing flaws will self-correct just by getting your club held properly, not only by your hands, but your arms as well. For example, one of the most common backswing flaws of swinging the club back inside the line is fixed with having the proper grip, wrist and arm orientation and address. Also, as stated above, you will be inclined to have a lighter grip pressure as a result of your larger muscles being engaged in your golf swing.