HD Golf™ Launches World’s First Automated Video Swing Analysis

Exciting New Product based on Jim McLean’s World Famous “8 Step Swing”

Ontario, Canada – November 29, 2011– Interactive Sports Technologies™ announces the launch of the World’s first automated video swing analysis module based on Jim McLean’s World Famous “8 Step Swing” teaching system. Integrated into High Definition Golf simulators, this system accurately measures every part of a golfer’s swing providing instant feedback while guiding them through the Jim McLean teaching system.

This ground breaking new addition to HD Golf simulators was designed by the scientists and engineers at High Definition Golf™ in cooperation with world top rated golf instructor Jim McLean. Jim McLean is well known for his research on the golf swing and the “8 Step Swing” video is the all time #1 golf instruction DVD in America. McLean’s “8 Step Swing” book was ranked by Sports Illustrated as one of the top golf instruction books of the 20th century (ranked #11).

The Jim McLean Golf Schools are the #1 golf schools in the United States and McLean has taught more than 100 PGA Tour, LPGA and Senior PGA Tour players.

This unique, automated video swing analysis system allows golfers at any skill level to learn and train at their own pace. The “8 Step Swing” system will record and analyze a golfer’s swing in real-time, breaking it down into the 8 steps of the McLean system. The goal at each step is to stay within McLean’s “corridors of success,” or safety zones in which your club and body are in a good position to strike the ball well. If you remain within those corridors, the system will indicate that you have “passed” that step and you can move onto the next. 

The system will also analyze and detect “death moves”. A Death move, a term coined by McLean, are actions that will kill your game or positions that are so far from ideal, that you cannot recover to strike the ball well.  When the system detects that your position and swing are out of the “corridor of success” or have committed a death move, it automatically alerts the golfer and presents him with video coaching from a “virtual” Jim McLean as well as some appropriate lessons, drills and tips to improve performance.

The whole system is very intuitive, easy-to-use and all information is displayed in a highly organized fashion on the golf simulator touch screen and large display screen.

The “8 Step Swing” module is integrated with the HD Golf™ video swing analysis, which is feature-rich and includes a complete set of drawing and editing tools that can also be accessed easily from the simulators touch screen. Features include: freeze frame, side by side comparison, slow motion playback and a professional swing overlay, also designed with Jim McLean. Users can also save swings to a Player Locker to monitor progress over time.

“The ‘8 Step Swing’ module is an exciting addition to our golf simulator product line up. It puts yet another powerful golf instruction and training tool in the hands of our customers and gives them access to a wealth of knowledge developed by one of the best instructors in the world, Jim McLean,” according to HD Golf™ President & CEO Todd Richardson. “The golf simulator is a great environment to learn in, it’s convenient, less intimidating and provides instant detailed feedback after every swing. It’s like having Jim as your own personal coach.”



Jim McLean will be demonstrating the “8 Step Swing” in the High Definition Golf simulator exhibit at the 2012  PGA Merchandise Show, taking place in Orlando, Florida, January 26-28, Booth #2413.


About The HD Golf™ Pro Golf Instruction Studio
High Definition Golf™ has developed a totally integrated professional golf instruction studio which is easy-to-use, completely modular in design and includes diagnostic tools for detailed shot analysis, video swing analysis, swing dynamics and weight transfer/balance analysis. These professional-grade tools operate seamlessly from a single computer system, providing comprehensive data collection and various simultaneous display options.

The system also generates a variety of performance reports that are customizable and can be uploaded to “Player Lockers” on the web that the student can use to access and review lessons, statistics, video swing files and club fitting information, as well as sign up for tournaments and league play.

High Definition Golf™ pioneered computer vision technology for the golf simulator industry, and their systems make more measurements more accurately than any other simulator currently on the market. These include distance (carry and roll), ball speed, club-head speed, efficiency (“smash factor”), launch angle, swing-path (outside/in, inside/out), club head angle at impact, ball position (re: club-head at impact) and ball spin and spin axis.

The simulator will also measure angle of attack, club head acceleration, position of maximum club head speed, club head speed at impact and swing tempo. HD Golf™ is also the only simulator with the unique capability to dynamically measure shaft flex and load factor, allowing club fitters and manufacturers to make precise shaft recommendations.

About High Definition Golf™
High Definition Golf™ is the only golf simulator that looks and plays like the real thing. Spectacular photo-realistic capabilities capture the true beauty of some of the world’s most renowned golf courses including: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pinehurst, Kiawah Island, Spyglass Hill, Doral, Harbour Town, Troon North, Bethpage, Banff Springs and many others.

Revolutionary image processing software combines high resolution digital imagery and satellite data into 3D models of golf courses that not only look real – they are completely accurate everywhere on the course. Every tree, bunker and hazard is faithfully reproduced exactly as you would see it playing the actual course! This has made HDG a favorite in golf academies, luxury homes, indoor golf centers, golf course clubhouses, recreation centers, hotels & resorts.
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Simulator Realism

As you golf some of the most prestigious courses around the world, it’s hard to believe you’re playing a simulator. Every tree, blade of grass and bunker is faithfully replicated, in rich, incredible detail.

We invented revolutionary image processing software to combine high-resolution digital-images, satellite data and geophysical data into 3D models. We are the only manufacturer to use this method and real course data.  HD Golf™ transports you to the world’s most exceptional golf courses – it’s like being there. All other simulator manufacturers use conventional 3D graphics and artist renderings, which look like a video game, not the actual course.

Only HD Golf™ delivers ‘look and play realism’ of world-renowned golf courses, including Pebble Beach and St. Andrews. It’s so real, you’ll reach for the rangefinder and look for the beverage cart.

When you play #7 at Pebble Beach on an HD Golf Simulator™, everything from the wood knots in the fence by the tee, to the semi-submerged boulder on the coastline….it’s faithful and true. Feed your passion for championship golf with the world’s most exclusive courses. You’re invited to the crystal clear, incredibly realistic world of HD Golf™.

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Simulator Accuracy

The competitive golfer requires accurate, comprehensive measurement to fade & shape their shots on-command. HD Golf™ pioneered Computer Vision Technology in the golf industry, and is the only to use high speed, programmable smart cameras to achieve this level of accuracy. Collectively, our CVT technology & smart cameras deliver pinpoint accuracy & exceptional shot analysis for every shot.

Comprehensive Measurement: We measure ALL the critical club & ball parameters to analyze exactly what’s happening each time a golfer swings. There are, at minimum 4 cameras capturing your swing. They analyze club head speed, launch angle, swing path, club contact (heel/toe), club face (open/closed), efficiency, smash factor and a specific camera dedicated to measuring spin and spin-axis.

Accuracy of Measurement: Comprehensive measurements are critical, but the accuracy of these measurements is equally important. HD Golf™ Simulators measure with supreme accuracy. For example, we measure club face angle contact to within 1/10th of 1 degree. We also measure ball spin to within +/- 100rpm while competitor systems estimate (“calculate”) spin.

Consistent, Realistic, Accurate ball-flight allows you to improve your swing, perfect your game and enjoy visually stunning, on-demand golf.

Accuracy is also the main reason PGA Tour players like Bubba Watson, expert golf instructors like Jim McLean and equipment manufacturers like Nike™ use our simulators.

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Simulator Quality

HD Golf Simulators™ redefined the Gold Standard in build-quality and integrated technology. Quality in a refined packaged is immediately obvious from first swing and makes your ownership experience a true pleasure. Our steadfast commitment to the ‘exceptional’ combined with minimal operating and maintenance costs ensures unparalleled reliability for years.

How We Do It

HD Golf™ has extensive engineering capabilities extending throughout and within hardware, software and mechanical design. We design & build all critical system components in-house and ensure seamless system integration. Most competitors cobble together 3rd party hardware and software to make their simulators – resulting in compromised reliability & system incompatibilities.

We are committed to ‘only using’ top quality professional-grade components such as: High Performance, ‘Intelligent’ Cameras, Professional Engineering Workstations, Linux Operating Systems, Multi-Element Screens and Spring-Set Nylon Turf. Collectively, our systems deliver unrivaled quality, superior performance and exceptional reliability.

Competitors typically use lower cost, inferior components, such as: Home PC’s to run their simulators, which tend to suffer from instability and frequent required updates. They also use polypropylene turf, single element-screens with high elasticity-rebound and reduced longevity. Both screens & turf last a half-life when compared to our in-house designed screens & turf. Other areas of compromise extend to their 3rd party cameras which capture your swing, but don’t form a complete alliance with the rest of the system.

Installation:

Our project management team, engineers and installation team work together for a flawless install. From initial CAD drawings to the completed project, we are experts in space usage, design, integration and project execution.

Service & Support:

HD Golf™ is a 1-stop-shop. We provide comprehensive support for the entire simulator and its system architecture. We are uniquely qualified because HD Golf™ designs and manufactures all critical aspects including ball/club tracking and ALL software.

If there is a problem, we provide 24/7 Support. One call and you’re directly connected to the engineers and technicians who designed, built and installed your system. Our stringent quality control combined with complete support contributes to a greater than 99% simulator uptime. Additionally, HD Golf™ pioneered Remote Diagnostics in the golf simulator industry, which allows us to remotely solve any challenge quickly and efficiently.

HD Golf™ is fully committed to total customer satisfaction.

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Multiplayer Competition

While it’s often said ‘one plays golf against him or herself’, the nature of competition and gamification has permeated the ranks of golfers worldwide. This ‘skin carried over’ to HD Golf™ and our integration of golfer competition. Our simulators are setup for incredible, interactive gaming. Long Drive or Closest-to-the-Pin competitions create fast-paced, exciting events with friends, colleagues, members and guests. Golfers love the collection of competitions like Break-the-Glass, Golf Poker, Field-Goal Challenge, Tic-Tac-Toe, Darts, Target Golf and Skills Competitions. There’s even mini-golf for the kids.

As easy to play as the games, are their management. Our user-interface and integrated, cloud-based, mobile-friendly HD Clubhouse Management Software is brilliantly simple. Use it to quickly setup and manage leagues, tournaments and advertising with ease. The Player Locker Room stores golfer stats, allows players to review lessons and the Communication Portal connects golfers to you. This allows you to showcase tournament winners, upcoming events and prizing.

HD Golf™ clients also use the panoramic, floor-to-ceiling simulator screen to watch events, such as the Masters, U.S. Open and other major golf tournaments, keeping everyone engaged and having fun.

So whether it’s a winter men’s league, a summer evening closest-to-the-pin competition or watching the Masters with golfing buddies, the versatility of an HD Golf Simulator™ delivers a compelling competitive advantage for you and your golfers.

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Player Improvement

HD Golf™ was the first to develop a completely integrated Professional Golf Studio, ensuring Teaching Professionals, Clubfitters and Individuals have the best tools available for game-improvement.

Video Swing Analysis, 3D Motion Analysis, Swing Dynamics Analysis, Weight Transfer / Balance Analysis are all designed with one purpose: make you a better golfer.

In reality, a golf swing happens very quickly, and can be difficult to improve, especially when you don’t have analytics and recording technology to visualize the swing. Subtle adjustments can result in dramatic improvements – it’s critical you understand your individual swing dynamics. You don’t need to be computer savvy to use the Golf Studio. The integrated Golf Studio operates from a single touch screen, and is simple to use.

Jim McLean’s 8 Step Swing, which incorporates the swings of Ernie Els, Ben Hogan and Tiger Woods, is an additional feature many HD Golfers decide to add to their simulators. Step by step, a golfer is able to perfect every element of their swing. The simulator records and analyzes a golfer’s swing in real time. When the system detects that the golfer’s position and swing are out of the “corridor of success” or have committed a “death move”, the simulator will automatically alert the golfer and present virtual coaching from Jim McLean.

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Simulator Realism

As you golf some of the most prestigious courses around the world, it’s hard to believe you’re playing a simulator. Every tree, blade of grass and bunker is faithfully replicated, in rich, incredible detail.

We invented revolutionary image processing software to combine high-resolution digital-images, satellite data and geophysical data into 3D models. We are the only manufacturer to use this method and real course data.  HD Golf™ transports you to the world’s most exceptional golf courses – it’s like being there. All other simulator manufacturers use conventional 3D graphics and artist renderings, which look like a video game, not the actual course.

Only HD Golf™ delivers ‘look and play realism’ of world-renowned golf courses, including Pebble Beach and St. Andrews. It’s so real, you’ll reach for the rangefinder and look for the beverage cart.

When you play #7 at Pebble Beach on an HD Golf Simulator™, everything from the wood knots in the fence by the tee, to the semi-submerged boulder on the coastline….it’s faithful and true. Feed your passion for championship golf with the world’s most exclusive courses. You’re invited to the crystal clear, incredibly realistic world of HD Golf™.

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