I’ve been a caddy and golfer since I was 12, and now I’m 66 and still chasing the game that I love so much. Throughout all of this time I prided myself as being a long driver and that’s always been important to me. And for some reason, I always thought it was about having the right ball matched to my swing. But the other day (I don’t know why I waited so long to try this) I bought a package of impact recorders and went to the driving range and shocked myself in my inability to consistently hit the ball in the center of the club face.
This is a terrific exercise for the average golfer because this is really the issue when it comes to hitting a long ball, not the golf ball itself. This simple technique allows you to experiment and iterate and fine-tune your setup and swing until you start to consistently hit the ball in the center of the club face and what you find is it’s not about the ball whether it’s low or high compression, but it’s about hitting the ball square.
The important thing about selecting a ball is finding which ball feels the best and you perform the best when you’re chipping and putting. So let this be your main criteria for choosing the ball and then just hit that ball (whether it’s low or high compression) in the center of the club face and you’ll get the optimum distance for your swing.
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Brown Dog seeks to develop a service that will make past and present uncurated data accessible and useful to scientists and social scientists while also demonstrating the novel science and scholarship that can be conducted from such data.
Loveland Technologies work together to present property information, help you collaborate around data with a team, and survey properties from the field.
by Scott Pickard
A researcher at UIUC asked my thoughts about resources which could help him with his proposal to develop and deploy a wireless sensor/data/transmission/collection/storage/analytics platform to support the optimization of hard-to-reach, poor, small-plot agricultural regional economies. I came up with the following list:
aerial data collection: PrecisionHawk
analytics and visualization: Google Fusion Tables
connecting devices to the internet: electric imp
crowd-driven area data collection: Loveland Technologies
real-time sensor networks: xively
remote monitoring: Illinois Structural Health Monitoring Project (ISHMP)
The off-the-shelf tools are out there. It is a matter of putting them together in an innovative way to generate some new knowledge that is truly useful and can make an impact.