Over the course of a professional golf career dating back to 1990, PGA Teaching Professional Ken Carpenter has developed a talent for helping students of all stripes, from beginners to tour players on both the Nationwide and LPGA Tours. Today, Ken applies his teaching skills at Westin Kierland Golf Club, tweaking swings to address unnecessary backswing hitches and under-rotating hip turns that might be sacrificing distance off the tee or Olympic pommel-horse dismounts. Ken can incorporate video technology into the lessons to break down swing mechanics in order to play back in slow motion or pause to illustrate how much a divot resembles a silhouette of Rory McIlroy.
When it comes to using correct form during a workout, athletes might check themselves in a mirror or get subjective advice from a trainer. Absolute Kinetix Sports Science & Biomechanics Center takes these techniques a step further. Using motion-capture technology similar to that used to develop video games, experts analyze a 3D model of each client to suss out muscle imbalances, potential injury zones, and inefficient form. With this super-specific information, they're able to advise clients on the best ways to achieve their goals, whether that's adjusting the hips before a golf swing, performing special exercises to strengthen weak muscles, or practicing gymnastics until they can recreate scenes from The Matrix. The center showcases this expertise in Fitness From the Ground Up, an easy-to-follow talk show hosted by sports kinesiologist Zig Ziegler. During each show, Ziegler works with guests to demonstrate just how unique the human body is, letting viewers watch both correct and incorrect movements as the show?s guests perform activities, such as running or swinging a golf club, with the motion-capture equipment.
All together, the coaches at Stomp Golf Experience have conducted more than 60,000 lessons. Their wisdom certainly played a role in the facility winning a 2013 award as "Best Golf Instructor" from Arizona Foothills Magazine. But keen as they are, Stomp's coaches rely on more than just their eyes to improve games. They also utilize the industry's latest tools, including advanced TrackMan technology. This system spits out precise analyses about swings and ball flight, enabling students to measure shots without tying a tape-measure to every ball in their bag. The TrackMan technology comes into play, especially, at Stomp's indoor facility in Scottsdale Airpark—the results of its analyses, plus advice from Stomp's coaches, can be tested at the outdoor facility at Scottsdale's Silverado Golf Club.
Woven into the Sonoran Desert with stunning panoramic views of the McDowell Mountains, the PGA TOUR's TPC Scottsdale boasts 36 holes of inspiring golf and a screcard full of upscale amenities that let everyday golfers experience "a day in the life" of a PGA TOUR player.
At Scottsdale Golf Place, X-Golf simulators immerse golfers in a realistic replication of world-famous courses using accurate video analysis, high-definition graphics, and a 5.1 channel sound system. Golfers can play a round at Pebble Beach, St. Andrews, and Spyglass without having to put up with the exorbitant expense and secret handshakes needed to enter the courses. The simulator floor tilts to create uphill, downhill, and side-hill lies to reflect the player’s ball location on the course, and two video cameras play back swings for later review. With the available video playback, the simulator doubles as a teaching mechanism for Scottsdale Golf Place’s class-A PGA instructors, who use it to review a swing’s club path, ball-launch angle, and follow-through pirouettes.