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Golf Australia Express : Summer of Golf 2012-13
WHENIT COMES TO playing golf there's little more important than your clubs. So of course you want to have the right ones in your bag. Right? Yet finding a set that's right for your swing lends itself to a rather subjective process. Enter TMPL—The TaylorMade Performance Lab: a clubfitting experience taken to a whole other level. To say I was intrigued after receiving an invite to check it out would be an understatement. Walking through the over-elaborate vault door into what I could only conclude was the Bat Cave, I felt a little daunted by the amount of technology that surrounded me. "Holy bat turd, Batman," I thought to myself. "All this technology for my little ol'swing? Surely this is overkill." How wrong I was. Any self-inflicted intimidation of the technology wore off as soon as TaylorMade's master clubfitter Darryn Lowe introduced himself. And as the next 90 minutes would reveal, 'Daz', as I presumptuously nicknamed him, really knows his stuff. Best of all, my newest 'shorter-than- me' mate offered as much or as little information as I wanted during the fitting. That's pretty important. While some of us pseudo engineers want to hear and understand every aspect of the technology involved, others prefer to keep their heads clear of thought, comfortable in the knowledge that it simply works. I'm one of the latter. Next, Daz kitted me up in a suit with reflective markers that are picked up by high-speed cameras strategically placed to capture every incremental move in my swing. That information is then spat back into a computer and analysed. TaylorMade calls it the 'MAT-T system'. I call it the 3Gs—Golf Geek Gizmo. That said, this is one nerdlinger that's actually pretty cool. In fact, after putting on the suit and creating an avatar of my good self, it didn't take long before realising I'd taken my journalistic cap off and was acting more like a kid in a virtual candy store.The process is actually fun. There's something gratifying about watching a faceless android-like version of yourself on screen playing the shot you just hit in incredible detail. It's also fascinating to see the visual differences in your good and bad swings. Even more fun watching Golum shake a golf club. THE RIGHT FIT WORDS BY DAMIAN SHUTIE
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