* TOPICS - Rick is back from visiting PGA National in Palm Beach and a new gadget and app
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1. PGA National - $100 Million in Renovations
Rick had the run of PGA National for 3 days and likes what he sees.
The resume of its Champion Course includes hosting the 1983 Ryder Cup, 1987 PGA Championship, and nearly two decades of the Senior PGA Championship. Currently, it hosts The Honda Classic, one of the PGA Tour's premier events and the first stop on its "Florida Swing."
Additionally, PGA National boasts four other superb layouts. The Palmer is an Arnold Palmer signature course with a subtle nod to the game's Scottish roots. The Squire is a tough test of accuracy and precision, and dubbed "the thinking man's course." The Estates, designed by Karl Litten, is a quick drive from the resort grounds and is also a great play.
A recent $100 million renovation included a complete remodel of "The Haig", now The Fazio Course - the resort's original 18-hole layout - by Tom Fazio II. Other enhancements include floor-to-ceiling makeovers of its 379 guest rooms and total overhaul of the 19th hole bar and grill now called "Bar 91."
The Spa is also very "guy friendly".
2. Golf-X-Cube - Simple Golf Training aid of the Year $39.00
Basically, the Golf-X-Cube is a light, durable UV-resistant polyamide reinforced cube with an "X" cutout to guide you. There is a hole on the bottom to insert a tee to keep it in place while it is placed in front of you at the range or even on the course.
Keep the Golf-X-Cube between you and the ball as you practice your swing to direct your body into the proper golf stance, with improved posture.
It really does force you to work on your posture.
The Golf-X-Cube's deep green colored top and neon-yellow sides work as a guide to show you when you are swinging with the correct position and setup. If you look at the guide from above and while getting ready for your backswing, the yellow sides should not be visible. If you see yellow sides, you are using too much upper body movement your need to change your positioning. It sounds easy, and it really is.
The great thing about the Golf-X-Cube is that it produces instant results.
App of the Month
Spark Motion (free) iPad) Pro version there is a fee - $5.99 a month
Spark Motion Pro is the first motion analysis app specifically designed for the iPad. Spark Motion Pro was created by professionals in the field for professionals.
With the Spark Motion Pro download, you can record, capture and evaluate movement in an authentic environment at the ease of your fingertips.
Many golf implications, swing, movements, putting stroke, injury prevention
Spark Motion Pro is the essential tool for sports performance trainers, medical practitioners, and education professionals! Edit clips, compare videos and reveal documented progression and instantaneous visual feedback to clients, teams, patients, and athletes with simplicity and ease.
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Spark Motion Pro Features include:
30 GB Hippa Compliant Spark Cloud virtual storage
SRV Tool allows for virtual assessments
Improved file management
Precise and comparative line drawing and measurement tools
Adjustable Postural Grid & Bullseye
Frame-by-frame (30 fps)
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