Long ago, Scottish polo players longed for a game where they could explore scenic terrain, ride an obedient mechanical horse, and wear more courageously plaid knickers. Marvel in their subsequent invention with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a one-hour golf lesson in a TruGolf 3D simulator at 3D Golf Performance (a $125 value). The TruGolf 3D Simulator at this Coquitlam golf training centre uses sound and optics to precisely track each student's swing, translating the movements of his or her body and club into an easy-to-understand 3-D visualization that represents subtle variables such as club head speed, club face alignment, and body position. In a one-hour individual session, either James Heath, CPGA professional and operations manager, or certified golf pro and owner John Aasen, named Teacher of the Year in 2004 by the PGA of British Columbia, will use this information to help students tweak their technique, even matching their swing to a golf pro's swing or celebrity mug shot from the simulator's database. The simulator's virtual practice arena also has dedicated areas for customized putting and target practice.
Though 3D Golf Performance and its owner, John Aasen, have yet to receive many online reviews, here are a few customer testimonials from the instructional facility's website:
- John is not just a good golf instructor he is a born teacher; he is encouraging but doesn’t sugarcoat. John emphasizes awareness; he believes that you will improve if you are aware of the fundamentals and practice them properly. As a result of my lessons with John my game has shown steady improvement and playing is much more enjoyable. – Steve P.
- I can't say enough about the facility they have created. I want to live there! Can I do that? – Scott M.
3D Golf Performance
At 3D Golf Performance, CPGA-certified instructors give back to the sport they love by combining their deep knowledge of real-world club swinging with some of the most impressive player-improvement technologies available. The Coquitlam facility's assortment of 3-D imaging technologies and finely calibrated simulators allows players to discover the nuances of club-head speed and elbow angles while teeing off indoors. Staff members quell the anxieties of traditionalists who find electronic contraptions perplexing by offering training clinics and educational sessions that demystify stroke-saving machinery such as operating TruTrac software, analyzing a swing with Target Zone tracking, and learning to reconfigure kitchen toasters as golf-ball washers.