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Have you ever wondered about how to correctly use the ground in the golf swing? It's crucial to maximising your power and strikes, and all of the world's best do it.
Ground reaction forces are the forces exerted by the ground in movement, and when that translates to golf it essentially equals power. They're a key part of biomechanics and determine how the pelvis is moving and therefore the start to the kinematic chain in a golf swing - what the feet are doing heavily impacts how the club is being delivered to the ball!
Lots of power is lost due to incorrect use of the ground and pressure in the golf swing, which is where BAL.ON comes in - as effective interaction with the ground is crucial to building an effective golf swing.
Relying on pressure sensors and AI, BAL.ON, a product developed by Continental, gives you real-time swing analysis and coaching by capturing information invisible to human eyes thanks to 18 sensors and your smartphone eying your every move
BAL.ON, which is the only high-class mobile solution for coaches and consumers to properly measure and visualise pressure, uses two sources of data: sensor data of the pressure soles as well as the video data you capture with your smartphone.
The highly sensitive Force Sensing Resistors (FSR) cause a change in electrical resistance when pressure is applied on them. Via the smart pods, this signal goes into the app.
The app monitors your pressure values and matches them with your video and audio sequences. It compares both with thousands of reference player data, among them many qualified pros. It spots where you differ from the ideal line – and it tips you off, how to improve palpably!
BAL.ON might sound like something for only the world's best golfers, but in actual fact it's a tool to help players of all skill levels. If you're eager to improve your golf swing, not only on-course but especially on the driving range, you need to try it.
WHERE THE PRESSURE SHOULD BE IN YOUR GOLF SWING
50–60% pressure on your lead foot, 50–40% pressure on your trail foot, the magic formula for balance. Starting with the right pressure and weight distribution will improve your entire performance throughout the swing.
At the top of the backswing, strive to keep about 70% of pressure on your trail leg, ideally more in your heel area. This sets you up for an optimal transfer into a forceful downswing!
The right pressure distribution pattern at impact has a decisive influence on the quality of your shot. A well struck, powerful golf shot ideally will have more pressure on the lead foot as the weight transfers forward and through the golf swing.
"The best players in the world have been working with such systems for a long time, together with their athletic and swing coaches," Jens Mundhenke, PGA Professional and sports scientist at BAL.ON, says.
"The individual pressure pattern provides significant information on how efficiently and effectively a golfer moves. There are clear correlations between certain pressure patterns and club delivery. Having a holistic approach to golf training, this dimension must not be neglected. With BAL.ON, players and coaches finally have unrestricted access to this key technology."
"The golf swing is a highly complex movement and controlling certain movements in a three-dimensional plane is challenging for almost everyone," Christoph Niederbröker, Product Manager BAL.ON, says.
"Often the physical awareness differs drastically from the actual movement. Through intuitive visualisations, instant feedback and simple drills, we want to make it as easy as possible for all our users, from tour players to weekend warriors, to max out their potential."
BAL.ON Smart Kit won the Red Dot Product Design Award 2023 and is an officially recommended product by the PGA of Germany.
BAL.ON Smart Kit has been on the market since 15th August 2023, retailing at £549.
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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!
Elliott is currently playing:
Driver: Titleist TSR4
3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max
Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max
Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW
Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58
Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5
Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
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