Nov 102011

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Bay 15 at the London Golf Show 2011, November 11th-13th, Earls Court.

Oct 262011

Optimal Analysis are pleased to announce that Bishopbriggs Golf Range are the latest high-profile establishment to join the eAcademy family. Located just north of Glasgow and offering a range of services, from tuition through to club repairs, the team of 5 PGA professionals at Bishopbriggs Golf Range are fully equipped to meet all your golfing needs.

Bishopsbriggs Groupon Offer

Bishopsbriggs Groupon Offer

Led by teaching professionals, Iain Pender and Campbell Donaldson, Bishopbriggs employed a modern approach to promoting the arrival of eAcademy, running an exclusive offer on the popular ‘Deal of the Day’ website, Groupon. The offer combined a standard lesson with one of the Bishopbriggs pros and then a detailed online lesson analysis, delivered using eAcademy technology, all with a huge Groupon discount. The offer certainly had the desired effect as an amazing 317 individuals signed up!

The eAcademy software and web platform employed at Bishopbriggs allows teaching professionals to capture a customer’s swing, perform detailed analysis and then produce an individual lesson summary, complete with audio commentary. This lesson summary is then uploaded to the organisation’s fully branded, online platform and at the same time, emailed directly to the customer who can view their lesson summary instantly on computer, tablet or smartphone. Furthermore, the customer is able to sign in to the eAcademy at any time, to review their lesson summaries or any specific teaching content their coach has assigned to them, such as short game tips and putting drills. Finally, they can book their next lesson through our brand-new booking calendar, fully integrated with PayPal, or even upload their swing for an online lesson.

Please watch the video below to learn more about how this system works.


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Aug 102011

The fourth and final major of the year begins tomorrow and the 93rd PGA Championship is set-up to be a gripping and fascinating contest. This year’s championship is being held at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Georgia and it is set to be a warm and humid affair, having being dubbed Hot-Lanta by several media organisations already. With numerous high profile players finding good form in the last few weeks, along with the well publicised return of a certain Tiger Woods, you can be sure it will make compulsive viewing.

So who are the main contenders? Adam Scott and his new caddy, Steve Williams of Tiger fame, blew away the field last week but winning back to back on tour is a feat rarely accomplished in the modern era. Tiger showed glimpses of form last week, though struggled to find the fairways off the tee, and with McIlroy, Donald and Westwood shooting 67, 66 and 65 respectively, it is difficult to select a pre-tournament favourite. The pressure is really on Donald and Westwood, who are looking to pick up their first major title and justify their respective world rankings of 1 and 2 to a sceptical American public. Jason Day, the young Australian, has showed impressive form at this year’s majors and a strong finish last week also makes him one to watch.

Team ISM, otherwise known as International Sports Management, the golfing stable of both McIlroy and Westwood, currently hold all the major titles from this year and are looking to complete the slam with this week’s prize, the USPGA’s Wannamaker Trophy. Fellow ISM charger, Charl Schwartzel, started the ball rolling at the Masters, then McIlroy took the U.S. Open in emphatic fashion, before Darren Clarke rolled back the years to capture the Claret Jug in July at Sandwich. Andrew ‘Chubby’ Chandler ISM MD and former European Tour golfer said “I’ll be delighted if any of our boys collects the trophy, but it would be particularly pleasing if Lee Westwood could finally cross the grand slam line after going so close, so often.”

All the while, the Americans will be hoping for a home victory. Phil Mickelson was the last American to win a major, the 2010 Masters, and since then 6 majors have been and gone with an American claiming top spot. This period symbolises the biggest drought in American major winners in the Open era and the US fans are eagerly waiting for one of the new kids on the block, like Anthony Kim or Rickie Fowler, to take over the reins from Woods and Mickelson.

Check back to the blog next week where we will use Optimal’s Coaching Studio video analysis software to make an in-depth analysis of the PGA champion’s swing. Optimal’s Coaching Studio software forms part of our groundbreaking eAcademy offering, for more information please click here.

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Jun 092011

Golf International’s coaching cover star, Dan Frost, has joined the Optimal eAcademy revolution. Dan has been using the software since early May, showcasing it’s wide range of functionality at the recent Golf Live event alongside Callaway Golf and Mark Bull, golf’s very own biomechanics expert.

At Golf Live, this year held at the stunning London Club, Kent, tour players including Nick Dougherty and TV pundit Andrew Cotter were amongst those who utilsed the Optimal eAcademy and Coaching Studio software.

Dan, who works closely with several European Tour stars, uses the eAcademy software to communicate remotely with his array of clients. He produces lesson summaries, using the Optimal Coaching Studio software, which are then sent out, via the eAcademy platform, to his players for them to study in their own time. By using this system Dan’s tour players are also able to upload their swings for analysis by him, no matter where in the world they may be playing that week. Dan is then able to view the videos, add his comments and annotations, before sending it all back to the player.

The benefits of the Optimal eAcademy platform, in tandem with our market leading analysis software, Coaching Studio, can be added to your tuition from only £65 per month, without set-up fees.

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May 172011

Optimal were delighted to see the great article in Golf Week by Alistair Tate which discusses the amazing ability of the late Severiano Ballesteros to execute golf shots which most people, even the best players in the world, would not even contemplate. Describing the Spanish legend as an “artist” of the game, the piece explores five of Seve’s greatest and most jaw-dropping shots, each with great quotes from those that were fortunate enough to witness these career-defining moments. In one example, Billy Foster, caddy to current world number one, Lee Westwood, describes how at the 1993 European Masters, following a pushed tee shot into the trees, Seve was able to pull off a 150-yard shot over a wall, through a gap the size of a dinner plate between pine tress, and over a swimming pool. Foster himself states that it is “… the best shot I’ve seen in my life.”

Seve’s amazing talent, combined with his competitive nature and charming persona, saw him occupy a unique place in the hearts of golf fans across the globe. Whilst his passing comes far too soon, he leaves us all with so many great memories and will forever be remembered as a true legend of the game. Below is a video of another famous shot of Seve’s, not quite good enough to make the top 5, demonstrating his amazing improvisation skills and ability to recover from the toughest of scenarios. To read the original Golf Week article by Alistair Tate, please click here.

Optimal Analysis use our eAcademy software to power the Seve Ballesteros Golf Academy, an online teaching platform that allows you to upload your swing for professional analysis, access a wide range of tuition resources and interact with fellow golfers across the globe. To visit the Seve Ballesteros Golf Academy, please click here.

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