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Europe’s latest indoor academy

12.10am 30th March 2006 - Course Development

In conjunction with Sportscoach Systems, the Virtual Golf Academy uses state of the art simulators for use by the general public and golf professionals. The academy can be used for both leisure and golf improvement and has been entirely devoted to the golf enthusiast. Everything revolves around golf, even the Golden Tee video game machine and the Golf Channel on the television.
There are six fully playable state of the art simulators with a combination of different software packages, one putting simulator, a custom fitting centre, a cafà©/bar area and a corporate room.
New to the indoor golfing environment is the GPS tournament software. Golfers can play against each other, with or without handicaps in multiple bays, by using the GPS simulators in a stroke play or stableford competition. The leader board is constantly updated on a screen in the cafà© area so societies, for example, can spend all day playing against each other, whilst enjoying refreshments and with the option of closest the pin and longest drive challenges.
“We are pleased to announce the opening of the most advanced golfing academy in Europe. The academy features state of the art golf simulators for the purposes of teaching, club-fitting and leisure, with highly trained staff to match,” says Andrew Cole of Sportscoach Systems.
The golf club fitting service, using the academy golf club fitting wizard, recommends the components to match the golfers physic, ball flight preferences and skill level. The choice of components to custom build a set of golf clubs is extensive, with demonstration shafts and heads using the interchangeable head and shaft ‘Connex’ system. The academy club fitting system consists of 12 different iron heads, 10 different wood heads, 120 different shafts and 20 different grips. All combinations can be tried on the simulator to find the best club recommendation.
The academy has a resident PGA golf professional. Using the latest video and swing analysis technology, the pro can provide teaching and improvement methods to all levels of golfer. By means of the sophisticated swing analysis programmes, the golf pro can quickly identify areas of strength and weakness. With this information, a golf swing development programme can be constructed for short and long term individual goals. The development programme has the added benefit of the pupil being able to diagnose faults without the pro using the swing analysis software, and practice drills to correct faults, subsequently developing a more confident and consistence technique.
The state of art teaching bay is fitted with the latest c swing teaching software and multiple video camera capture. The c swing programme enables the golfer to see frame by frame the swing images from different views, with drawing tools, and compare video with professional golfers.
Virtual Golf Academy

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