To give Team Europe the best chance of retaining the Ryder Cup, Galvin Green subjected the waterproof and windproof jackets worn by the European players in Paris to the most exhaustive tests ever undertaken by a garment manufacturer in the golf industry.
The official supplier of weatherwear to Thomas Bjørn’s team commissioned independent analysis of the level of restriction to the swing, once one garment is added to another as the weather conditions change.
According to results from The Golf Lab in Toronto, the addition of the Albatros to the Up Wind Interface-1 hybrid jacket worn over a polo shirt accounted for less than 2 degrees of rib cage rotation degradation and a loss of no more than 1 mph (1.06 km) in club head speed.
“Given the general perception of how much the swing is restricted by adding a rain jacket, less than 2 degrees of degradation is really an insignificant amount,” said Carson Hau, Director of Technology at The Golf Lab, who analysed more than 300,000 data points to reach his conclusion.
Ten accomplished golfers took part in the testing process, including scratch Canadian PGA and category-1 players.
They each hit balls for two hours with their regular driver to ensure full swings were maintained during the trial.
An optical tracking system using eight cameras captured a 3D motion at 2,400 images per second, while body sensors calibrated to two-tenths of a millimetre made it possible to accurately measure ribcage rotations as club head speeds hit 100 mph.
Click on the video above to view the testing process and visit the Galvin Green website for more information.