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Jim Cai Wins the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour National Championship with BioMatch
Jim Cai, representing China, won the 2016 Hurricane Junior Golf Tour National Championship for Boys 14 -16 at the Champions Gate National Course in Orlando. Jim shot three over par (75) on the final day under windy conditions for a total of 147 for the competition on the 6529 Yard course. Jim beat Artem Yalovenko on the first playoff hole. Brett Reid of Minnesota, another BioMatch player, won the third place only one shot behind. The other two BioMatch players in the 89 strong field played well. Tamerlan Bashikov of Kazakhstan shot 151 for the tournament for an 8th place. Gregory Solhaug of Norway ended up in 17th place with a total score of 153.
BioMatch is a scientific way of matching golf clubs provided by Rational Golf LLC of Bradenton, Florida. The method is available for all on www.rational-golf.com. Once a set of clubs is matched to the player he or she can apply the same consistent swing to all the clubs in the set. This increase accuracy, consistency, and distance throughout the set of clubs
From left to right: Gregory Solhaug, Jim Cai, and Brett Reid.
Proper fitting of golf clubs is critical. However, the Holy Grail of club building has always been to make a set of clubs in which the golfer can apply the same consistent swing to all the clubs. Swingweight was introduced as a solution to this problem almost a hundred years ago. Since then the industry has given up on finding a scientifically sound way of matching golf clubs. BioMatch is the only scientific solution to matching your golf clubs within the set and to your body. After applying BioMatch, you will effortlessly increase your accuracy and distance. Club Fitters should implement BioMatch as the final step in the fitting process. Golfers can easily implement BioMatch to their golf clubs at the Rational Golf website.
The moment of inertia around the center of the grip is measured using the MOIG instrument, or the BioMatch program will estimate it for you based on the other properties of the clubs. The club data is entered in the BioMatch algorithm online together with the golfer's height, weight, and fat percentage. The website will then build a model of the golfer swinging each club and thereby calculate the optimum weight to be added to the grip end of each club. Once the weights are installed the golfer´s game will improve effortlessly as accuracy and distance are improved. Weights are easily installed using the Shaft Access Tool.
As you now only have to learn and ingrain one consistent swing in your subconscious mind, you will find the game much easier to play. If you have been absent from the game for a while, you will be able to pick it up again much faster. Tiger Woods comes to mind as someone’s life BioMatch would change if given the opportunity. Golfers at any level will benefit from BioMatch. If you play for money, or you are keen on improving your game, it is a no-brainer.
Strong art direction and design, coupled with effective messaging and copywriting, earns ThreeTwelve Creative a 2016 Davey Award.
Rational Golf owner, engineer and inventor Gisle Solhaug invented a proven scientific method of helping golfers to improve their game -- and then came to ThreeTwelve Creative for help in developing the Rational Golf branding and web application that would bring his method of matching golf clubs to golfers everywhere.
I am talking about the picture of the beautiful club-fitting studio with all the latest technologies in club heads and shafts. Then on the table is a Swingweight Scale! What a waste of time, money and technology. This instrument is preventing every golfer from reaching his or her potential. Instead, the Mass and MOI of each of your clubs should be optimized to fit your body. Then your subconscious mind only has to ingrain one swing rather than 13. This patented technology, named BioMatch, is now available to every golfer online and it is easily applied to your existing clubs. Your game will improve effortlessly as accuracy and distance increase.
BioMatch; Best of Both Worlds
There are disadvantages, as well as advantages, of having all the clubs the same length. When all your clubs have the same mass, moment of inertia, and length you can apply the same consistent swing to all your clubs. Being able to use the same swing for all your clubs is a huge advantage. However, your "shorter" clubs will be less accurate, and your "longer" clubs will have a lower than optimal ball flight as compared to a standard set of club. BioMatch gives you the best of both worlds. You keep your standard length clubs while still being able to apply the same swing to all your clubs. And I mean all your clubs, not just your irons, as is the case with the single length irons.
The current popularity of single length irons proves that there is a need for matching of golf clubs. BioMatch fills this need without the golfer having to buy new clubs, and it does so for all the clubs in the bag.
BioMatch gives you more distance on every club as well as deadly accuracy with every club in the bag. BioMatch is easily applied to your existing clubs by installing the recommended size of weight to the grip end of your clubs. The patented BioMatch application builds a model of your body swinging each of your clubs. Thereby, determining the optimum weight to be added to each of your clubs for your body, hands, and clubhead to be synchronized at impact. Your game will improve, effortlessly, once you have installed the weights.
See www.rational-golf.com for details.
These days' instruments for measuring the moment of inertia around the grip end of the club are available at a low cost. This has brought about the opportunity of matching a set of clubs by making all the clubs have the same moment of inertia. Some golf club manufacturers, such as Big Fish Golf of Singapore and Wishon Golf of Colorado, are matching their clubs my moment of inertia. This is a step in the right direction from the Swingweight method as it is an actual physical property. There are, however, two problems with the moment of inertia method: The golf club does not rotate around the grip end of the club. Thereby the moment of inertia around the grip end is not all that relevant. Secondly; the system does not specify the mass of the golf club. The importance of the overall mass of the golf club has pretty much been ignored throughout club making history.
The BioMatch method of matching golf clubs specifies the optimum mass of each club. One important factor in determining the optimum mass is the moment of inertia around the center of the grip. BioMatch makes a model of your body swinging your clubs. BioMatch thereby determines the optimum weight of each club so that your upper body, hands, and clubhead are synchronized. The optimum weight of each club is achieved by inserting the appropriate size of weight into the grip end of each club. Once that is done you can apply the same swing to all your clubs. As you now only have one swing to ingrain in your mind, your game will improve effortlessly as accuracy and distance improve.
The USGA and the R&A just issued an Area of Interest Notice proposing that the Driver length shall be limited to 46" plus 1/2" allowance for grip. This is in an attempt to avoid further increases in driving distance. Tall people with short arms will need a special permit to play longer clubs. Personally, I think this will complicate the rules further. If it is not broken, why fix it?
Here is the letter from the USGA.
In his latest book, Best of Tampa Bay, Sven Boermeester devotes a full page to Rational Golf LLC as an example of the many start-ups in the Tampa area. The founder of Rational Golf, Gisle Solhaug, invented the BioMatch method of matching golf clubs. The article explains how this patented invention is set to make the game of golf easier to play for all. Check out the article, and a great book, right here.
Bryson DeChambeau's single length irons are all matched. The BioMatch method of matching golf clubs determines the optimum mass of each club in the set. The optimum mass is a function of club length, club moment of inertia, and lie angle as well as the properties of the golfer. As all these variables are identical for all of Bryson DeChambeau's irons, the BioMatch method will yield the same optimum weight for all his irons. As all his irons do have the same weight, they are matched according to the BioMatch method.
Unfortunately only his irons are matched. The rest of his clubs can easily be matched by the BioMatch method so that he can use the same swing for all his clubs, without altering the length of the clubs or the weight of the club heads. The optimum weight of each club is obtained by inserting the appropriate size of weight into the grip end of the club.
On Friday, I posted an article to my blog in excitement of the return of Tiger Woods to golf. Unfortunately, Tiger has withdrawn from the Safeway Open. On Monday, Woods stated that “his game was vulnerable”. “After a lot of soul searching and honest reflection, I know that I am not yet ready to play on the PGA Tour or compete in Turkey,” Woods said in a statement. “My health is good, and I feel strong, but my game is vulnerable and not where it needs to be. It’s not up to my standards, and I don’t think it would be up to yours.”
This saddening news for many came just three days after he committed to playing in the Safeway Open and three days before the open is setting to take place. Speaking earlier Monday on Golf Channel, Notah Begay III said that Woods had "some concerns about the sharpness of his game" after sitting out the past 14 months. “He just didn’t feel like his game is where he wanted it to be to be competitive," Begay said.
“This isn’t what I wanted to happen,” he said, “but I will continue to strive to be able to play tournament golf. I’m close, and I won’t stop until I get there.”
It looks like the wait for Tiger to return to golf will continue to be highly anticipated.