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The Science of Swing

August 8, 2007

In Room 415 of the Becton Center, a gray and humorless building on the edge of the campus of Yale University, a physics professor named Robert Grober spent a recent morning hitting scuffed golf balls into a beat-up net.

Is that physics professor’s life? Don’t miss the monitor on the ground. What he is doing is to decipher the science of swing; in other words, to develop a technology that can help amateurs and even professionals in the golf swing.

Dr. Grober designed a sensor, installed in the top of a club, to help the players gauge rhythm and tempo of swing. This is not the first attempt to understand the secretes of a rhythmic swing that produces a powerful hit on the golf ball but could be the first one with the scientific ground.

In Dr. Grober’s device, it can give an immediate feedback to the player’s swing, a sound that tells you whether it’s a smooth, rhythmic swing or a herky

As a physics professor at Yale, Dr. Robert Grober believes that he has invented a teaching tool, which can change the scope of how the golf swing is instructed. His findings has given birth of a new company called Sonic Golf.

Quite interesting. For the news story, please check “Professor Puts Swing’s Rhythm to Music” from New York Times (Aug. 6, 2007), or the video interview.

Note: the picture is from New York Times. The article is available for free untill Aug. 13, 2007.

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