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World’s first computerised golf glove

9.10am 3rd July 2008 - Corporate

A new computerised golf glove is set to transform the way golfers learn to regulate their grip pressure – one of the key factors for a smooth, powerful swing.

The SensoGlove looks and feels like a regular golf glove but includes highly responsive and strategically-placed sensors which measure grip pressure 80 times per second. The sensors then feed the data into a small computer attached to the back of the glove.

If the golfer grips the club too tightly – which is recognised by teaching professionals around the world as a fundamental swing flaw – the computer emits a loud audio signal, warning the golfer to ease off.

The computer’s 3cm wide screen also provides an instant visual readout to indicate whether too much grip pressure is being applied.

David Bauer, of the SensoGlove’s developers, SensoSolutions, said, “Gripping the club too tightly is one of the most destructive flaws in a golfer’s technique because it causes muscle tension, which itself leads to poor rhythm and jerky movement.

“With the SensoGlove, golfers of all levels can experience exactly what the correct grip pressure feels like and the results are improved rhythm and timing, higher club head speed and a more efficient and repeatable golf swing.”

The SensoGlove helps golfers understand and feel the proven physiological fact that tight muscles are ‘slow muscles‘ and therefore inhibit natural, smooth body movements.

During practice, golfers pre-set the computer to ‘low‘ or ‘high‘ sensitivity. The highest settings (13-18) are most sensitive and encourage a very light grip pressure, particularly useful when practising putting and chipping. The lowest settings (1-12) are less sensitive and are designed to help golfers develop a lighter grip stage-by-stage.

Added David Bauer, “Many golfers who use the SensoGlove are surprised by how much pressure they really apply unconsciously during their swing.

“By starting on a low setting and moving through to the higher settings, they are able to modify their grip pressure over a short period of time until they reach the ultimate, light grip.

“They then use a sensitive setting for short-game practice, on the driving-range or even during an actual round. While the SensoGlove is proven to add distance, it helps to generate much more of a feel for short shots too.

“The SensoGlove removes the instinct to swing harder and faster in order to generate power and replaces it with an unforced motion which delivers a better release of the clubhead through the ball.”

The SensoGlove is made from high-quality cabretta leather. When it gets worn out, golfers can order a replacement from and easily snap the battery-operated minicomputer right into the back of the new glove.

The SensoGlove is available in Mens and Ladies left-hand only, in sizes S-XL, at at a special introductory price of £49.95 until the end of the Ryder Cup (September 21) – which will be extended by four weeks if the European team wins. Replacement gloves cost around £12. 

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