GOLFTEC Reveals How Big Data is Informing Modern Instruction

Colorado, United States: GOLFTEC Vice President of Instruction Nick Clearwater reveals one of the major reasons most golfers aren’t improving in an article featured in the September issue of Golf Digest, as he applies data insights to show how players should be making more of a shoulder and hip turn to hit it farther and stop slicing.

In ‘The one move every pro makes. Anybody can do it – but most of us don’t,” Clearwater shares his analysis from motion data collected from more than nine million GOLFTEC lessons, as well as measurements from more than 200 PGA Tour players.

He uses this information to show how the best golfers in the world turn their shoulders and hips to create wider, deeper backswings and more time to store power that can be released in the downswing.

GOLFTEC’s research shows that shoulder turn is the biggest separator among ability levels in golf, as the vast majority of elite players have 60 degrees of turn when their club shaft is parallel to the ground on the backswing. Amateurs, however, rotate their shoulders anywhere from 10 to 30 degrees less.

Hip turn is also an important indicator of quality ball striking, as Tour players get to the shaft-parallel position with about 25 to 30 degrees of turn in their pelvis. Most weekend players only turn a maximum of 15 degrees.

“Technology is allowing us to capture and analyse data on a level that was previously impossible,” said Clearwater, who has been named one of the Golf Digest’s Best Young Teachers. “The benefit of this data is that we can get rid of swing theories and replace them with a fact-based approach that gives us a blueprint for what works. It isn’t that we think everyone should have the same swing – we certainly don’t. But we can now see that two Tour players with different-looking swings still have amazing similarities during key moments of their motions.”

Clearwater has nearly 20 years of teaching experience, and was named the number one golf instructor in Colorado by Golf Digest. He regularly appears on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive, where he provides tips to help golfers improve their swings. To view the article in this month’s Golf Digest, please visit:

GOLFTEC is an Indoor Golf Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation. The company operates more than 200 corporately-owned and franchised Training Centres in all major US cities as well as Canada, China, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore.

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