Whether you’re looking to fix swing flaws or simply play better golf with the swing that you’ve got, a bevy of golf apps exist that can make those goals a reality
One such environment — for golfers, anyway — is the driving range.
A slew of apps are reinvigorating and redefining everyday practice sessions. From virtual and video-based lessons with instructors stationed hundreds or even thousands of miles away to training programs that introduce skills-based challenges — which hold players accountable for each swing on the range — these apps have the potential to elevate players’ games and subsequently lower their scores.
A New Era In Swing Lessons
It can be argued that every amateur golfer would benefit from regular lessons, but for the vast majority of them, that’s simply not a realistic proposition.
Whether it’s because of cost, scheduling conflicts or mere intimidation, golfers who could benefit greatly from a knowledgeable instructor’s guidance are, more often than not, struggling on their own.
That’s where an app like PerfectMotion can help. Utilizing the camera in a golfer’s phone, the app’s AI-backed programing analyzes the movement of key areas of the body during the swing and records the tracing of the golfer’s core body motion from the address position through impact. Users can then connect with one of eight instructors, including former PGA Tour player Chip Beck, who will review the documentation of a user’s swing and share video drills and guidance to help players shore up their flaws.
PerfectMotion’s effectiveness for highlighting areas of weakness in a swing is quickly substantiated during the first couple of minutes of a conversation that I had with Beck about the app.
“I know a lot about your swing already,” he said after receiving a few baseline reports of my swing, which I had previously submitted using the app. “It looks like you don’t use your hips as effectively as you can.”
He’s right. Limited hip turn is something that other instructors have pointed out to me during in-person lessons over the years, and it’s something that was flagged when I tested the K-Player vest at the PGA Merchandise Show a few years ago. However, unlike the K-Player vest, which costs $2,500 for the hardware and then $19 per month for software access, PerfectMotion is a free app that then costs only $5.99 month for unlimited training sessions.
The app is not without its flaws. Failure to execute a swing during the allotted amount of time will sometimes register that a swing was made and with perfect motion, which can inaccurately influence a user’s baseline metrics. And wireless headphones or earbuds are a must, since it can be difficult to hear the app’s swing prompts at a busy, outdoor range.
Those shortcomings aside, PerfectMotion succeeds for its ability to isolate a user’s swing flaws and to guide them through the necessary training to fix those issues, one mistake at a time. As Beck points out, the app can even detect mechanical issues — like a player being too far forward at the point of impact — that are difficult to see with the naked eye.
“It’s real artificial intelligence because the computer does a lot of analysis and diagnoses it for you,” he said. “When I have faults in my golf swing, my eye can’t pick it up but the app can because it’s such a precise diagnostic tool.”
PerfectMotion®, LLC has developed and patented (pending) an AI-based motion improvement platform for sports performance, safety/compliance and health markets. The company’s first product focuses on golf improvement. The PerfectMotion® management team brings a combined century’s worth of expertise in technology development, data science and digital marketing.
The PerfectMotion® app is a personalized AI-based golf training system that allows golfers to quickly groove repeatable, efficient body motion with every club through an innovative process of continuous expert feedback. PerfectMotion® has assembled a distinguished golf advisory board that includes three-time Ryder Cup player Chip “Mr. 59” Beck and top PGA golf instructor Joe Hallett.
The PerfectMotion® app is available from the App and Play Store and can be used at no cost forever. Upon registration, every user receives a 14-day free trial of the Pro version, allowing unlimited daily training sessions. At trial end, the user is downgraded to the free version unless they choose to upgrade for $5.99/mo or $59.99/yr.