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Whitchurch gets top new 'game changer' to help golfers

7th February 2013
Whitchurch club professional Rhys Davies (kneeling) assistant professional Peter Hayward (taking the shot)

South Wales golfers can improve their performance thanks to a new tracking and teaching 'game changer' at Whitchurch in Cardiff, the first club in Wales to get this latest version of the technology which can be used indoors and outdoors.

The GC2 is one of the most advanced gadgets for analysing shots, which helps with teaching, club-fitting, finding the best ball to use and even just for working our exact yardages for each club.This machine will enable golfers of all abilities to maximise their potential and enjoyment, transferring the information onto a computer screen for everyone to see the results.

Because these can be different out on the course, the GC2 can be taken out onto the range at Whitchurch to deliver the same level of statistical analysis as the indoor teaching centre.

“Seeing is believing,” admitted Whitchurch golf professional Rhys Davies. “With this machine and our professional knowledge we can help golfers achieve their goals and make the game more fun.

“You can see the stats with every shot for every club, so this is for anyone who wants to gain more distance off the tee, anyone who has ever wondered how far they hit each club, or to learn how to become a more consistent golfer.

“It is set up with the computer in our new indoor teaching facility as you come into Whitchurch golf club, but we can take it out on the range where it provides the same immediate feedback which can be fed back into the computer for deeper analysis. You can watch the exact path and result of each shot on screen.

“We feel this is the most flexible and best facility in Wales to help golfers get better through fully focussed lessons, club-fitting to help their game and greater knowledge to take onto the golf course.

“This is a great tool for club-fitting and teaching as it gives us all the information we need to help players of all levels from beginners to professional and all points in between.

“This facility is also available for anyone to come and use, not just members of Whitchurch golf club, just come to the pro shop at the club to find out more and book lessons or club-fitting.”

A close up view of the GC2 Tracker

The GC2 is a remarkable piece of kit used by most of golf's top brands and many top players.

With a launch monitor and computer software technology, it analyses the exact ball flight, back spin rates, side spin rates, launch angle, club head speed, golf ball speed and plenty of other pieces of information which help find the correct club, ball and technique to suit each player.

Davies and Whitchurch assistant professional Peter Hayward have tied the new facility in with a range of teaching deals, including a series of 10 lessons for just £100, to accurately target the right technical elements of the swing.

They also offer a club fitting service for some of the top brands for £25, which can be claimed back from the cost of any clubs bought. There is also a ball-fitting to find the most effective ball to use, which can have surprisingly effective results.

What marks this out from most club-fitting facilities in Wales is the ability to take the portable kit out onto the range to analyse shots in exactly the same way off grass – which might produce slightly different results in some cases.

This can also be tied in with club-fitting facilities with leading brands such as Taylor-Made and Ping.

In bad weather you can play the Brabazon course at the Belfry on the computer, while there will also be virtual longest drive and nearest the pin competitions running throughout the year for anyone to take part in at any time.

“We are certainly very excited about the impact this can have,” admitted Davies. “From the information on the computer screen we can pinpoint what needs to be done to get the most out of anyone's golf.

“Using the correct golf clubs for your individual swing is a vital part of golf and can dramatically improve scores.

“We use the same balls people would use on the course – sometimes that can also make a significant difference. For instance one Whitchurch member found that changing the ball he used added eight yards to his iron shots, he was using a top ball before but a different one suited his clubs better.

“Because the GC2 gives you exact distances, direction and spin, you can see immediately what is working and what the difference is – to see how much you have improved.”

The facility is up and running at Whitchurch golf club and open to anyone to try – even golfers who are not a member of any club.

•  Whitchurch is one of the top golf clubs in Wales and was founded in 1914.

•  Whitchurch has hosted many major County and Country competitions including the LGU Home International Matches, the Welsh Team Championships, Eisteddfod Golf , Welsh Youths and the Welsh Ladies Open Stroke Play.

•  Whitchurch was voted the Best Inland golf course in Wales, beating amongst others the Ryder Cup course at Celtic Manor.

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