Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Improving your swing

14.05.2007
The 61 million golfers in the world can look forward to a new training facility.

Golfers who wish to improve their skills often use video filming in order to study their balance and correct their movements. However, an optimal stroke deals with a lot more than just balance.

”We ’take a step back’ and make the invisible visible, and focus on the forces leading to good balance.”

Those are the words of Kristian Rathe, General Manager of the company Initial Force AS which has developed a so-called force platform custom-made for golf training. The company is located in NTNU’s Innovation Centre at Gløshaugen in Trondheim and cooperates closely with the Programme in Human Movement Sciences at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

The first prototype of the platform is currently being tested in NTNU’s movement analysis laboratory.

Force platforms are not a new invention. Ski jumping, shooting and javelin throw are sport branches that have benefited from such platforms. But this one is custom-made for golfers.

Seeing the invisible
The system, named Swing Catalyst, consists of two main components working together: the force platform and video analysis software.

The golf player enters the platform – which can be individually adjusted – and strikes the ball. The platform registers the golfers’ every movement, and a camera films the swing of the stroke. The platform contains multiple load cells – points that register all forces involved between the feet and the ground. It also registers the body’s rotating movement in detail as the club is swung. The information is added to the video image as easily understood colour markings.

”What the platform registers is impossible to see with the naked eye and cannot be caught using only a video camera,” explains Steinar Bråten, former trainer for Norway’s national ski jumping team, and co-owner of the company. “These details are important when creating the best starting point for the stroke. And if you manage to do a particularly good stroke, you can store this movement and try to recreate it.”

Large market

Initial Force cooperates with the product development company Mechatron on the design of the platform, to ensure industrial production suitability. The main target group is golf instructors internationally. On a world basis there are 61 million golfers and 62,000 instructors, and the company has great faith in a few thousand of these wanting their product. They estimate the cost of the first version to NOK 200,000 and gradually decreasing to around NOK 100,000.

Kristian Rathe does not think the price will scare people off in view of the fact that golf simulators used for entertainment cost between NOK 500,000 and 700,000.

The idea was first tested through the Take Off programme at NTNU’s Centre for Entrepreneurship. The company has also received help with the commercialization process from NTNU Technology Transfer AS. The foundation Næringslivets Idéfond has contributed financially.

By Nina E. Tveter

Nina Tveter | alfa
Further information:
http://www.ntnu.no

More articles from Information Technology:

nachricht Cutting edge research for the industries of tomorrow – DFKI and NICT expand cooperation
21.03.2017 | Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH, DFKI

nachricht Molecular motor-powered biocomputers
20.03.2017 | Technische Universität Dresden

All articles from Information Technology >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Giant Magnetic Fields in the Universe

Astronomers from Bonn and Tautenburg in Thuringia (Germany) used the 100-m radio telescope at Effelsberg to observe several galaxy clusters. At the edges of these large accumulations of dark matter, stellar systems (galaxies), hot gas, and charged particles, they found magnetic fields that are exceptionally ordered over distances of many million light years. This makes them the most extended magnetic fields in the universe known so far.

The results will be published on March 22 in the journal „Astronomy & Astrophysics“.

Galaxy clusters are the largest gravitationally bound structures in the universe. With a typical extent of about 10 million light years, i.e. 100 times the...

Im Focus: Tracing down linear ubiquitination

Researchers at the Goethe University Frankfurt, together with partners from the University of Tübingen in Germany and Queen Mary University as well as Francis Crick Institute from London (UK) have developed a novel technology to decipher the secret ubiquitin code.

Ubiquitin is a small protein that can be linked to other cellular proteins, thereby controlling and modulating their functions. The attachment occurs in many...

Im Focus: Perovskite edges can be tuned for optoelectronic performance

Layered 2D material improves efficiency for solar cells and LEDs

In the eternal search for next generation high-efficiency solar cells and LEDs, scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and their partners are creating...

Im Focus: Polymer-coated silicon nanosheets as alternative to graphene: A perfect team for nanoelectronics

Silicon nanosheets are thin, two-dimensional layers with exceptional optoelectronic properties very similar to those of graphene. Albeit, the nanosheets are less stable. Now researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have, for the first time ever, produced a composite material combining silicon nanosheets and a polymer that is both UV-resistant and easy to process. This brings the scientists a significant step closer to industrial applications like flexible displays and photosensors.

Silicon nanosheets are thin, two-dimensional layers with exceptional optoelectronic properties very similar to those of graphene. Albeit, the nanosheets are...

Im Focus: Researchers Imitate Molecular Crowding in Cells

Enzymes behave differently in a test tube compared with the molecular scrum of a living cell. Chemists from the University of Basel have now been able to simulate these confined natural conditions in artificial vesicles for the first time. As reported in the academic journal Small, the results are offering better insight into the development of nanoreactors and artificial organelles.

Enzymes behave differently in a test tube compared with the molecular scrum of a living cell. Chemists from the University of Basel have now been able to...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

International Land Use Symposium ILUS 2017: Call for Abstracts and Registration open

20.03.2017 | Event News

CONNECT 2017: International congress on connective tissue

14.03.2017 | Event News

ICTM Conference: Turbine Construction between Big Data and Additive Manufacturing

07.03.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

Argon is not the 'dope' for metallic hydrogen

24.03.2017 | Materials Sciences

Astronomers find unexpected, dust-obscured star formation in distant galaxy

24.03.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

Gravitational wave kicks monster black hole out of galactic core

24.03.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>