Rational Blog: Thoughts on Golf and the World
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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.
Tiger Woods announced on Friday, October 7, 2016 that he will be returning to the PGA Tour. Woods will participate in the Safeway Open, which begins October 13th. In a website update, he states that he hopes to play in the European Tour’s Turkish Airlines Open, held November 3-6. As well as the Hero World Challenge held December 1-4. This is all dependent on his physical recovery.
After his las competitive play at the Wyndham Championship, in 2015, Woods underwent two back surgeries. At his appearance at the Ryder Cup last week, Woods gave no indication of his intentions to play, nor the condition of his health. However, his play of the course showed him to be ready for a return. Before teeing up at the Safeway Open, Woods will participate in the Tiger Woods Invitational, held October 10-11 on the Monterey Peninsula. From there he will kick-start a return to golf that everyone has anxiously been waiting for since over a year ago!
The 41st Ryder Cup more than lived up to expectations as the United States on Sunday clinched its first crown since 2008, winning Sunday singles 7.5-4.5 to capture the cup by a 17-11 margin. The United States is now home to the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2008, and Davis Love III improves to 1-1 as the American captain, getting revenge for the 2012 collapse at Medinah.
Reed wins 1 Up vs. McIlroy
Stenson wins 3&2 vs. Spieth
Pieters wins 3&2 vs. Holmes
Cabrera Bello wins 3&2 vs. Walker
Fowler wins 1 Up vs. Rose
Koepka wins 5&4 vs. Willett
Mickelson ties Garcia
Snedeker wins 3&1 vs. Sullivan
Moore wins 1 Up vs. Westwood
Z Johnson wins 4&3 vs. Fitzpatrick
DJohnsons wins 1 Up vs. Wood
Kaymer wins 1 Up Kuchar
Here are the individual records for each player on both teams.
United States Record (points) Europe Record (points)
Patrick Reed 3-1-1 (3.5) Thomas Pieters 4-1-0 (4) Brandt Snedeker 3-0-0 (3) Rory McIlroy 3-2-0 (3) Brooks Koepka 3-1-0 (3) Rafa Cabrera Bello 2-0-1 (2.5) Phil Mickelson 2-1-1 (2.5) Henrik Stenson 2-3-0 (2) Jordan Spieth 2-2-1 (2.5) Justin Rose 2-3-0 (2) Ryan Moore 2-1-0 (2) Sergio Garcia 1-2-2 (2) Rickie Fowler 2-1-0 (2) Chris Wood 1-1-0 (1) Zach Johnson 2-1-0 (2) Martin Kaymer 1-3-0 (1) Dustin Johnson 2-2-0 (2) Andy Sullivan 0-2-0 (0) Matt Kuchar 2-2-0 (2) Matthew Fitzpatrick 0-2-0 (0) J.B. Holmes 1-2-0 (1) Danny Willett 0-3-0 (0) Jimmy Walker 1-2-0 (1) Lee Westwood 0-3-0 (0)