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Holland College golf students participate in applied research project

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Image downloaded from www.boditrakathletics.com.

Image downloaded from http://www.boditrakathletics.com.

Terry Hashimoto crouches down in the club house of Belvedere Golf Club and unrolls what looks a lot like a doormat with a USB cord coming out of one side. He hooks the USB cord up to his laptop, and in less than a minute, his team’s latest invention, the BodiTrak is ready to go.

BodiTrak helps golfers improve their stance for all of their different swings by pressure mapping. Last semester, Holland College Golf Management and Professional Golf Management students and their instructors used the mat. The group has seen a marked improvement their games.

“I’ve been teaching golf for 20 years,” says Golf instructor Blair MacPhail. “Without a doubt, this is one of the best things I’ve ever seen.

Instructor Jeff Donovan agrees.

“In only a month, I was hitting further, higher, longer – I would not have made the changes to my stance if I hadn’t seen the traces produced by the mat,” he says.

Terry says that the BodiTrak is an affordable, portable alternative to force plates, which are expensive and cumbersome. The system has been on the market for a couple of years now. The next step is to develop curriculum to train golf pros to use the system.

Jeff Donovan explains how the Holland College Golf Programs have become involved.

“We are working with Terry to refine the process for trainers using this product. Doing so is a great fit with our program. We already train golfers and many of our students are skilled players, so we’ll be able to use our expertise to engage our students in activities aimed at developing the most effective drills to use with the product. We’ll also look at how to apply the data that is gathered by the system to create a personalized training routine.”

Program Manager Tim McRoberts said the project is a great way for students and faculty to remain connected to the cutting-edge nature of training within the golf industry.

“Throughout the college, programs remain involved with industry partners to develop products or methodologies that can be applied in the real world. This project allows industry to make use of our expertise while providing students with valuable learning opportunities,” he explains.

Over the past few months, Terry says there have been several exciting developments for the Boditrak team.

“Jim McLean Golf Schools will be carrying and using the BodiTrak golf pressure mat as an integral part of its golf education programs at Trump National Doral, and Liberty National. We have signed Michael Breed of the Golf Channel’s Golf Fix Fame to a 5-year endorsement agreement, and CORE Golf, home of Sean Foley, Tiger Woods’ coach, has signed on as an educational partner. BodiTrak continues to expand its professional use both here in Canada and at golf courses such as Merion, Congressional, Baltusrol, Glen Abbey and the like. Additionally, manufacturers such as Foot Joy, Bridgestone, and Taylor Made are using and testing the systems.”

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Written by Sara Underwood

July 15, 2014 at 11:42 am