2017 is here! Here’s what’s new in our 2017 Seletar Junior Program

Dear friends

A very happy new year to all of you. I hope you had a great time with the family this past holiday. Here’s what we have in the works for our new and improved Seletar Junior Program for 2017!

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Super Junior Saturdays

Our Super Junior Saturday program is suitable for :

  • Children aged 4-6
  • Brand new to golf

A colorful and fun learning experience for kids aged 4-6. Our Super juniors program is a 10 week program, 45 mins a week on Saturdays at 10am.

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Sunday Junior Program

Our Seletar Sunday Junior Prorgam is an 18 week program that caters for children who are:

  • 6-14 years old
  • Non PC holders
  • PC Holders

Course Details:

  • Class size: 4 children to 1 coach
  • Duration: 1 hour per class
  • Content: Children will get to experience all parts of the game as well as play a few holes on course monthly.

We have times between 2-6pm every Sunday. Do contact me at +6591371336 to find out available times!

 

 

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Saturday Intermediate Program

Our Saturday Intermediate Program caters for children who are:

  • 10-16 years old
  • Golfers who have a handicap above 24 or have the skills to acquire a handicap.

Course Details

  • 4-6 pm on Saturdays. Classes alternate between 2 hours of training and 1hr of training + 1 hr on course
  • 6 children to 1 coach
  • 18 week program

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Saturday Elite Program

Our Saturday Elite Program caters for children who are:

  • Competitive junior golfers

Our Seletar Elite Program has seen some of nations finest golfers, including former and reigning national amateur champions James Leow and Lucius Toh.

Lucius Toh receiving the champion's trophy from Chairman SGA Tournament Sub-Committee Lee Lian HongLucius Toh 2016 National Amateur Champion
SMBC SO Am Champ JLJames Leow 2015 National Amateur Champion
Program Details:
Saturdays: 3-4.30pm Training. 5-7pm On course play.
18 Week Program
5 children to 1 coach.
Our elite program includes the use of TrackMan, K-Vest Smart2move forceplates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Training includes technical work, skills tests, on course play/management.

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if you have any queries, feel free to contact me at jhanpga@yahoo.com.sg or at 91371336

The launch monitor lesson experience

Hi guys

I’ve been fortunate enough now to have taught/consulted to 400+ golfers on TrackMan since 2013. I’m proud to say that these golfers include beginners, juniors, junior champions, amateur champions, club champions, national champions as well as professional athlete. Just like how a good doctor diagnoses his/her patients, the purchase of the launch monitor and it’s education program ( I’m TrackMan certified level 2)has helped me diagnose golf shots accurately, may it be wedge right up to the driver.

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Picture: 2 TrackMan onsite at the facility I teach at ( MST Academy, Seletar Country Club)

It is however interesting to note that many golfers I meet at the practice tee at Seletar or at the corporate days I’ve attended do not know what is TrackMan, let alone a launch monitor is. I guess there are 2 main reasons. They include:

  1. According to www.mytrackman.com, there are only about 8-10 TrackMan on the island of Singapore. Which means that only 8-10 golf professionals teach with a TrackMan ( note: there are maybe 5-10 Flightscope users at this stage. Flightscope is also a competent launch monitor with a more attractive price point that TrackMan)
  2. Even in this day and age, not all ‘clubfitters’ know what a launch monitor is, let alone use it. Interesting how some can ‘fit’ you without any statistical measurement of improvement

In any case, I’d like to share with you how I use TrackMan during my lessons and how my student’s have benefited from ‘the numbers’

Step 1  Ask

The most important thing before getting right into the lesson is to know the client has well as I can. Always,during the warm up stage of my lesson, I make it a point to note down on a client excel sheet that I’ve created:

  1. Has the client has/had any existing/previous injury? This will compromise how the golfer  is able to move.
  2. The golfing history of my client. Who has he/she had lessons with before.How long has he/she played. What level has he/she played at or is playing at now. What has been the trend of ball flight.
  3. The equipment of my client. Has he/she been fitted before. Are the clubs suitable. If not, how does it compromise movement.
  4. The most important one of them all, what does the client expect from the lessons? Better looking swing? lower scores? Longer shots? straighter drives? I’ll always remember a story David Milne ( Co-Founder of the highly successful golf academy Pro Tour Golf College) shared with the class at one of his seminars. He had not met the expectations of one of his clients that day. Even though he helped  him improve his swing,he found out later that the student had just wanted to learn how to get out of the bunker,not improve his driver swing.

Step 2 Measure

Once my client is warmed up and go to go, I’ll get him to hit a few shots on TrackMan. This is where I start to capture say a group of 5-7 shots with 7 iron, a longer iron/hybrid and then some drivers.

Below is an example of a group of 5 shots from a recent lesson, just looking at

1. club path (negative would suggest and out to in path, vice versa for a positive number)

2.smash factor ( smash factor is : ball speed/ clubhead speed. Example. 150MPH /100 MPH = 1.5 SMASH)

3. Dispersion of shots on the right.

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From the above sample, I could determine that my client’s smash factor is low ( ideal smash factor for a 7iron would range between 1.33-1.37  depending of ball, loft of iron etc) and his club path is too out to in (for most small fades we are looking at -2 to -4 path, depending on clubface angle)

After explaining what these numbers meant, I then proceed to show him the videos of his swing that produces these numbers.

Step 3 Analyse

screenshot-2016-09-10-09-41-52Here I have drawn two lines. The aqua line is the golfer’s initial shaft plane. The Blue line is his backswing shaft plane.
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Here you can see that the shaft is along the blue line, indicating that the backswing shaft plane is much flatter than the shaft plane at address.

screenshot-2016-09-10-09-42-15Here you can see that I’ve drawn a purple line to show how his downswing plane is now much steeper than the initial shaft plane and even steeper than the backswing plane, resulting in his out to in path.

Step 4: Practice Movement then Compare

After helping my client understand his swing and TrackMan data, we proceed onto practice drills to encourage ‘correct motion’. In this instance, we focused mainly on the backswing and downswing shaft plane, understanding the correct movement required to perform a motion that would encourage better results. After a decent amount of practice drills, we get back on TrackMan to record, capture and compare. Here’s the side by side comparison:

Check out the different take away position on the left. Clubhead in line with the hands.

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The shaft plane now is closer to parallel with the address shaft plane instead of the shallow shaft plane from before.

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Now the downswing shaft plane matches the address shaft plane compared to the steeper downswing plane from before.

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Check out the post impact position on the left as compared to the right. Clubhead and shaft is on the right of the blue line compare to the right swing. screenshot-2016-09-10-09-46-11

Not only does his swing look ‘better’, he can see that his club path improved dramatically from -10.2 degrees to -0.1

( check out the club path numbers, first number from the right)

Therefore not only was my client able to see the difference in his swing, he’s able to instantaneously see how changing movement patterns changed his numbers. This for me is most powerful aspect of launch monitor as clients would then be able to piece the motion they made to the results they created.

I hope this blog post has given you more insight on how my lessons work!

Cheers

Justin.

G.O.L.F

G.O.L.F

Geometric Orientated Linear Force.  Golf as described by Homer Kelly of the Golfing Machine.

Its pretty amazing to think that Homer Kelly wrote the first edition of this book in 1969, way before Trackman, K-Vest or any decent high speed cameras.

I was lucky enough to be invited by Andrew Argus, Director of Impact Elite Golf Academy at the Mines in Kuala Lumpur to learn more about The Golfing Machine.  I must say, it has gotten it’s fair share of skeptics and believers since it’s existence and believe it’s due to it’s complexity and well, scientific nature. Homer Kelly was an Aeronautical Engineer, not a Golf Pro. Therefore as far as Aeronautical engineers go, they are a complex bunch and complex adequately describes how a first time reader( unless with advanced geometric/physics background)will find the book. Puzzling terms, cross references all over the place, like a map all scattered and you trying to piece all the information together.

Andrew though, made all that puzzling information very clear. We started with the book’s  imperatives, as Homer Kelly puts it. He writes in the book saying ‘ even if you don’t grasp all of the book’s content, the 3 imperatives are the least you should learn’ The 3 imperative are :1. Flat lead wrist at impact 2. Trail hand index finger lag pressure point 3. Straight Swing Plane. Which if you think about, makes absolute sense.  Flat lead wrist = Clubface control, ball flight contro(dynamic loft)l. Lag = Power accumulation. Good Swing Plane = Sweet Spot control (centerness of strike), curvature control ( spin axis).

There is still so much more to learn. However if I were to summarize 3 things ( a very Homer Kelly thing to do, work in 3’s) I learnt from my trip to KL, they would be:

  1. The 3 imperatives are well, the nucleus of golf teaching. If a coach isn’t already teaching with the 3 imperatives somewhere in their teaching system, their system would be somewhat flawed. You might think it’s harsh I would say that. But as mentioned before, it makes absolute sense. If a teacher isn’t changing your swing to improve the 4 factors that affect ball flight(contact point, path control, face control or speed)then, well, why is he changing it for? To look nicer? because in his opinion it ‘ looks better’?  Or maybe for you it looks more ‘textbook’? what is textbook? For all golfers and teachers, we have to constantly remind ourselves that all the golf ball understands is impact. Not whether your backswing position looks like Adam Scott or Bubba Watson. Therefore however we adjust plane angles, body positions, set-up positions etc. It should have the 3 imperatives instilled somewhere, affecting the 4 factors that affect ball flight.
  2. The Golfing Machine isn’t the devil’s bible, which so many people have made it out to be. “Too Complex” “Outdated” “Golf Pro’s don’t need to know this” “Too confusing” “Not written by a golf pro so cant be any good” are all the common comments I’ve heard about the book.Now, I’m not defending the book nor it’s author. In fact, modern day coaching equipment like TrackMan and 3D have proven some of the theories not entirely correct or wrong. It is though, remarkable that a man wrote about the swing in such detail some 40 years ago, 40 years ahead of his time, much like Ben Hogan was with his glass plane, ball position adjustments and alignment adjustments.
  3. The more you learn, the more you realise you don’t know.Because the more you learn, the more you realise there is so much to learn and to learn after. It’s a big world out there and I’m thankful that I have coaches like James and Andrew to guide me on my way in this learning journey. Andrew didn’t have to reach out to me, spend 6 hours each day sharing Golfing Machine with me. But he did it because he loves the game, the education and appreciates what the game has provided for him. Which in turn, when it’s my turn, it’s my duty to do the same.

So 2 days and 110 questions later, I can now say I do know briefly what the book is about… only briefly because.. i have several chapters and 400 odd questions to go! See you soon Andrew.

Justin Han

Gears Golf, TrackMan in New Orleans

Hi!

What a fantastic 2 weeks it was in the USA. First, to have a look at the Titleist Performance Institute in Oceanside, California, then to Urban Golf LA after with Dr Scott Lynn( as featured in my previous post) and finally to the Big Easy, New Orleans to visit James Leitz. I first met James in Australia in 2014 where he presented at the 2014 PGA summit. James was very nice to answer some of questions at that summit over lunch. It was an absolute thrill to finally meet one of people I looked up to in the golfing world and now a privilege to have had the opportunity to learn from again this summer.

If you don’t know, James is a top 30 teacher and 100 clubfitter in America. In 2011, James recorded one of the most influential golf videos that has helped some of the top teachers in the world, including Sean Foley Photo 29-6-16, 1 39 45 PMPhoto 28-6-16, 3 29 58 PM.

 

 

 

 

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Pictures above: James with Tiger Woods and then coach Sean Foley at the 2011 PGA Championship. Sean giving James credit in The New York Times. James’s world famous D plane model. The D plane is an explanation of how the factors of Attack Angle, Dynamic Loft, Club Face and Club Path create ball flight. James has worked alongside TrackMan to improve their education programs.

James teaches at the Tchefuncta Country Club in Covington, New Orleans in one of the best teaching facilities that I’ve ever seen. Here’s some pictures of his brand new learning center and teaching studio

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two hitting bays with the latest TrackMan 4, Tvs, Titleist Practice balls for both indoor and outdoor usage.

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Rains a lot in summer in New Orleans so shutters down and indoor nets prove to be useful!

I had the pleasure of watching James give lessons over 3 days at his facility, teaching golfers of all abilities and age groups. In fact I asked James about his clientele demographic and he said ‘ it varies. But I can tell you one thing, the poorer the golfer, the more fun I have helping them’. That’s something you don’t hear everyday. I guess the better the teacher, the bigger group of people he/she could help. It was great watching how he helped an 84 year old man hit it 15 yards further and a young kid out of college hit his drives out of the center more consistently.James does indeed have a deep coach’s toolbox.

James was kind to share his experiences with me, what he’s gone through over the years to get to where he is.There’s much to love of the man and one of the qualities I love about him is that he’s still craving to learn, acknowledges that he doesn’t know all of it just yet and always researching to learn and find out more.  Talking about research, James got me hooked up only his Gears Golf system. Photo 29-6-16, 7 32 07 PM

As you can see, I am wearing a whole lot of sensors for 3D capture.These sensors produce measurements for the body and also the club, measuring precisely what the body and club are doing throughout the swing. Some amazing stuff. Photo 29-6-16, 9 16 33 AM

Here’s a before and after capture. One of the great features I love about gears is you can compare your before and after swings side by side with all the figures on either side of the swing. With information like this in the right hands, you could help a golfer improve so much so fast! Hopefully one day we’ll see Gears on our Island.

Unfortunately as they say, all good things have to come to an end.Photo 30-6-16, 8 53 53 AMHere’s James and I at the Pro Shop in Tchefuncta Country Club. James kindly signed the book I’m holding here for me. He’s featured in Chapter 1 of the Golf Driving instruction book, featuring some of the top 100 coaches in America.

Those 4 days in New Orleans was definitely one of the highlights of my trip. Thank you James for being a wonderful host, friend and educator during my time in New Orleans. I couldn’t be luckier.

For now it’s back to sunny Singapore!

The ground can be your friend, if you believe so!

Hi guys!

I had the privilege of visiting Urban Golf in Los Angeles to check out the Swing Catalyst 3D motion plate with Dr Scott Lynn.

Dr Lynn taught 2 Sports Performance University classes I’ve attended over the last 2 years and is also a Swing Catalyst Educator. Here we are at Urban Golf LA hitting a few shots.

Photo 25-6-16, 11 14 16 AMHere’s the Swing Catalyst built into the floor on the left.

The thickness of the 3D plate is of the same thickness of the range mat. Urban golf did a great job building the mat into to range mat so that you could stand on it comfortably.

The facility also has the brand new TrackMan 4 and 2 highspeed video cameras that are integrated into the swing catalyst software. This means the swing catalyst software can capture your TrackMan, Video and Swing Catalyst 3D measurements all at once.

Check out this link to see Sean Foley talk about Swing Catalyst.

 

 

 

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The Operators View from behind the golfer. TrackMan
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Photo 25-6-16, 11 15 32 AMApologies for the poor picture quality. Swing Catalyst Interface of a golfer’s swing on video, his weight shift and pressure patterns top right and you can access all his TrackMan numbers in the window bottom right.

 

 
On left: Zoomed in on the box top right. Left andPhoto 25-6-16, 11 15 32 AM Right Foot weight distribution ratio of 48-52 % at set-up. You can see more weight in the heels at set up (darker colour indicates more pressure) You can see that Centre Of Pressure Trace is aiming slightly left, could indicate the golfer has set up slightly open.

 

 

What’s so differentPhoto 25-6-16, 11 18 58 AM about the Swing Catalyst to the BodiTrak that I have is that it does not only measure Centre of Pressure Trace or pressure into the ground, it measures your horizontal forces( Sway and Slide), Torque ( Rotational Forces) as well as Vertical forces ( GRF into the ground) Meaning not only will you understand weight shift, but also how your interaction into the ground affects your club path and club head velocity.

Dr Scott also explained how the Centre of Pressure trace could vary depending on your hip rotation velocity and how matching COP trace and hip velocity could mean a whole lot towards creating efficiency and power.

There’s so much more to learn from swing catalyst and as to how golfers move using the ground. The swing catalyst though is by far the most sophisticated 3D Pressure measuring tool that I’ve seen thus far. Even for the average Joe, understanding some of this information could help your set-up, balance and concept to create power!

As for now I’ve flown across the US to New Orleans to spend 3 days with James Leitz. Will have more for you to read on my learning journey here in the US in the coming days.

Cheers

Justin Han

 

 

 

 

Hello!

Dear friends

I trust that you are having a fantastic year thus far. I’ve decided to start blogging so that I will be able to keep you guys up to date on all that I’m up to, including my travels, instruction material, technology, equipment reviews, opinions and so on.

I’m in Los Angeles this week as part of my trip to meet Dr Scott Lynn to learn about the new Swing Catalyst Motion Plate, visit Titleist Performance Institute and go through their Tournament Player Physical Evaluation and fitting and last but not least, fly across the country to New Orleans to spend 4 days with James Leitz, a coach whom I’ve admired for some time now.

To view James’s work, watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rR2zLVBSQm4

To view the swing catalyst motion plate with Sean Foley , watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTT5aNHpg9Q

To read more on Dr Scott Lynn, visit  http://www.sportsperformanceuniversity.com/advisory-board/dr-scott-lynn-spu-advisory-board-member

It’s unfortunate that technical education in my profession is so hard to come by in Singapore, let alone South-East Asia. Yes, there is more to coaching than just technical knowledge, but as far as technical experts go, there are only a small handful of experts I can turn to.I’m though very fortunate to have the opportunity to spend my time with these fantastic people. This journey of learning is never ending, ever fascinating and the deeper you dig, you find there are more elements you uncover. As Cameron McCormick mentioned at the GEA this year, there are some 20 elements that pertain to coaching. Amazing isn’t it? What comes to mind of a golf coach is usually of a person providing technical evaluation and swing drills. However there is so much more to learn and so much more to accelerate performance!

I’m sure the next week or so will be enriching. I hope to keep you all up to date on what I’m up to these two weeks.

Cheers

Justin Han