As one of the leading golf resorts, teaching and custom fitting centres and the base of the PGA UK and PGAs of Europe, The Belfry is home to the latest technology to provide comprehensive 2D & 3D analysis and advice on every aspect of the biomechanics of the golf swing, as well as ball flight.
This is the result of a long period of planning and collaboration between The Belfry’s Director of Golf and Dr Paul Hurrion – founder and director of Quintic Consultancy.
Hurrion is in more demand than ever on the European PGA Tour, as players and their management have become aware of the serious impact his biomechanical insight and tuition is having with dozens of the world’s leading players – not to mention their financial and Order-of Merit standing. (The current Open Champion is just one example out of dozens, and he actually has an exact replica of Quintic’s central putting laboratory set up at his home in Dublin).
Director of golf at The Belfry Gary Silcock comments, “As the only PGA National Golf Academy of its kind in England, it’s required of us to offer the kind of facilities here at The Belfry that are better than anywhere else. Not only does the Quintic system give a new coaching dimension for the 25 PGA- qualified teaching professionals based here, Paul Hurrion’s [biomechanical] experience allows the system to work very effectively with the new custom-fitting facility that features cutting edge components from Cleveland and Wilson.”
The technology at The Belfry includes Quintic Biomechanics 2D Software, four High Speed Multi-Camera systems, Advanced Motion Measurement 3D Software, RSscan Force Platform and a powerful computer.
Firstly, hitting a ball onto the driving range while using the facility is a much more interactive experience than without it. The objective is to obtain a representative swing, which is captured by four synchronised cameras and a force platform – the latter to help assess and guide balance.
Golfers can see and understand the biomechanics, technique, balance and muscular dynamics of their golf swing in the greatest of depth and detail. Using video capture, they can also learn from comparison with the world’s top golfers and with statistical models to improve their own technique and performance.
Next, user-friendly quick 2D analysis is provided by the high end Quintic Biomechanics Analysis Software – similar to that used by universities and physiotherapy clinics across the world, international sporting organisations, top clubs, golf academies and golf professionals alike.
The force platform is a highly complex and sensitive piece of hardware that provides accurate and reliable data on pressure and timing during the swing. Of the many things Paul Hurrion has learned over the years, arguably the most important factor in golf swing performance is balance. Incorrect balance can negate everything else that may be right. And it’s the one thing that is difficult to detect by the human eye or video camera. Virtually instantaneous dynamic foot pressure analysis enables the golfer to visualise and understand his own body movements. The key then is how to turn the information into improved performance.