Bernard Gallacher opens new facility at World of GolfOctober 28, 2014 Golf News
State-of-the-art teaching facility can give instant pro-tracer results on to mobile phones and tablets
Europe’s busiest driving range, the World of Golf at New Malden in south-west London, has opened an advanced golf teaching facility to help golfers of all abilities take their game to the next level with the very latest game-improvement technologies.
The World of Golf’s new Performance Centre – open to the public every day for 75 hours a week – is the only UK facility that boasts GC2 Launch Monitor with HMT, Trackman, Flightscope, Science & Motion (SAM) putting and the latest Swing Catalyst technologies all under the one roof.
Designed to improve the games of serious golfers and newcomers alike, the new six-bay facility was opened by former Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher and is part of a £750,000 investment which includes the provision of nine PGA-qualified coaches, including three from the UK’s Top 100 golf tutors.
Among the highly-rated coaches available for teaching sessions in the new Performance Centre are World of Golf Master Professionals John Woodroffe – who has taken nearly 50,000 lessons in his career – Duncan Woolger and Ian Clark, as well as Teaching Professionals Grant Guerin and Brian Lee.
Each lesson at the Centre will be filmed and then emailed to the student with a voice-over to ensure they understand the technical analysis of their game and what to practice.
We’ve made a serious investment for serious golfers, who we hope will take advantage of the latest game-improvement technology used by the world’s best players" “We’re very proud to open the most advanced practice facility for regular golfers in the UK,” said Grant Wright, CEO of World of Golf.
“In particular, we’ve made a serious investment for serious golfers, who we hope will take advantage of the latest game-improvement technology used by the world’s best players.”
One of the standout technologies available in the Performance Centre is the sophisticated Swing Catalyst device, which streams live video images from a range of high-speed cameras to provide more than 200 frames per second – allowing golfers to have their swings compared in detail to leading Tour stars like Justin Rose and Suzann Pettersen.
Other bays include the Tour-renowned Flightscope and Trackman technologies – the latter being used by 175 of the world’s top 200 players – and the high-tech SAM lab that compares putting performance to Tour players such as US Open champion Martin Kaymer.
“In addition to the fantastic facilities, the expertise our coaching staff provides is second to none and promises to make lessons in the Performance Centre even more enjoyable and easy to understand for 75 hours a week,” added Wright.
“To mark the launch of the Performance Centre, golfers who book 12 lessons in the facility will get four of the sessions for free.”
The World of Golf facility at New Malden – which has seen more than 15 million balls hit in the last year – has also introduced innovative Protracer technology in 20 of its 60 driving range bays.
This allows golfers to sync a smart phone or tablet device to an exclusive Wi-Fi to trace the flight of their ball and receive instant feedback on distance.
For more information on the Performance Centre and the technologies involved in each of the six bays, please see the attached fact sheet or go to www.worldofgolf.co.uk. Or to book lessons, call World of Golf on 0208 949 9200.