Top golf researchers from around the world will gather 24-28 March to present their findings at the World Scientific Congress of Golf in Chandler, Arizona.
Eleven countries from outside the United States will be represented and 66 research papers will be presented. About 75 presentations on the science of golf are scheduled, ranging in topics from brain activity in putting to unlocking the genetic code to golf.
This is the first time that the event will be held in the United States. The Congress will also be held concurrently with the LPGA Safeway International Golf Tournament in the Valley. The LPGA Foundation is the title sponsor of the event.
Featured speakers include:
• Clark Throssell, Ph.D., GCSAA Director of Research, will be one of the keynote speakers, talking about the Golf Course Environmental Profile: property features and water use.
• Alastair Cochran, author of Search for the Perfect Swing, will present his views about the game, equipment, technology and recommendations for the future.
• Dave Pelz, will talk about “Golf Performance: Amateurs vs. Pros.”
• Greg Rose, co-host of the Golf Channel’s “Golf Fitness Academy,” will present a talk on “Unlocking the Genetic Code to Golf: Past, Present and possibilities.”
• Tom Wishon, author of numerous books on golf clubs, will speak about the “past, present and future of golf club technology.”
• Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott share their “Vision 54: Bring Possibility to Life.”
• Gio Valiante, author of Fearless Golf, will speak about “Research and Application.”
• Joseph Parent will talk about “Zen Golf, Growing the Game & Performance Issues,”
• Kanov Kahol will present a paper on the “language of golf.” Kahol developed a computer program that takes video or analyzes motion to provide golfers with feedback that speaks directly to programming motion rather than the cognitive aspect of programming the motion.
“Wildlife conservation is a new topic that will be covered during a symposium at the conference,” says Debbie Crews, organizer of the conference and Arizona State University faculty research associate.
Other areas to be covered at the conference include “Golf and the Subtle Energies” that examines ways to improve scores through methods such as alternative therapies, chiropractic work, yoga and spirituality. Another session looks at the “phenomenon of the female Korean golfer.”
Golf Digest Publications is sponsoring the 2008 Research Awards of $2,500 to be awarded to winning researchers in three areas – “the golfer,” “equipment and technology” and “the golf course.”
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