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Saturday, June 23, 2007 at 8:23 PM

Watch "The Science of Golf"!

Last month there was a really cool golf TV show produced by the PGA Tour and IBM called "The Science of Golf":

"The Science of Golf will show how the best players on the PGA TOUR utilize cutting edge technology to elevate their game to the highest level," said Gil Kerr, the Tour's SVP of Programming. "We went inside the laboratories of virtually every major golf equipment manufacturer. We sat down with the best swing coaches in the game today—including Butch Harmon, Hank Haney, David Leadbetter, Jim McLean, Jim Flick and Dave Pelz—and we have combined this with the best of the PGA TOUR archives and never before seen super slow motion footage to capture how the best players in the game utilize science and technology on and off the course."

It featured a lot of great slow motion swing and ball impact sequences all in glorious HD! If you missed the original airing, you'll have another chance to watch it:

"Part 1: The Power Game" will be re-broadcast Sun., June 24th from 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST.

"Part 2: The Short Game" will be re-broadcast Sat., July 7th from 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST.


If you're a golf junkie, be sure not to miss it!

Update: "titleistman1" has posted "The Science of Golf, Part 1: The Power Game" in seven parts on YouTube. Below is the first part. Thanks titleistman1!

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Blogger woundedduck said...

Here's hoping they put the episodes online because I missed the first one.  

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man I missed both of them, hopefully they will show it again.

I wonder how much golf technology has improved or if it is a lot of marketing hype.  

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Blogger Tony at TheGolfSpace.com said...

I don't think all the science and technology in the world would help my chicken wing granny over the top swing thought...  

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish the Science of Golf had said a few words on the science of golfers from Venus.i.e. the LPGA.

Their 6 hour rounds, with the long club selection and alignment meetings may require that they all retain a 2nd caddie to help with all those troublesome details. One could be just for figuring swirling winds and club selection and the other for lining up the ball, feet and shoulders.  

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Anonymous titleistman1 said...

I put up the power episode on youtube if you're interested.
http://youtube.com/watch?v=UCf6HJ5vHr4  

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone checked out Element 21 Golf or have any information about them other than the press put forward by the company? I'm interested in their new scandium alloy shafts and drivers because I'm always interested in new technology - new tech is at least 25% of the fun of golf these days. Would love to see this blog check into Element 21 and let me know his thoughts.  

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The bad news in that the PGA made YouTube remove the clips. The (some what) good news is that the Science of Golf is being sold as a three DVD set by the PGA Tour on www.pgatour.com/sogdvd .

I haven't seen the episodes, but based on the positive notes on it at the top of the blog I have ordered it. If I remeber I'll try to come back here and post my thoughts after I've watched the DVD's.  

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

As an engineer, I was very disappointed in how little they drill down into the 'science'. For example, the segment filmed at ASU's campus with a classroom full of students has several images obscured by the backs of students heads as the segment is filmed from the BACK of the classroom. C'mon, couldn't you get an exclusive with the teacher and have the foils/animations FULL SCREEN? What are we paying for, to see the backs of students heads and a routine classroom talk? You can hardly see what's going on in those scenes clearly enough to tell what the instructor is talking about. Lame, lame, lame. For 3 DVD's the price isn't too bad, but I was really disappointed in how there was mostly nothing new being shown here.

Naz  

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