Driving Range & Golf Shop News

•  Work continues at the Chi Chi Golf & Family Sports Complex across the street from the Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf Club in Clearwater. A new 1.25 acre short game practice facility is scheduled for completion in mid November. The area will have 15,000 square feet of greens, including a putting green, a chipping green with two sand bunkers, and a pitching green for shots 60 yards and in. The clubhouse is also undergoing renovations. Projects on the drawing board include batting cages, miniature golf and paint ball fields. For more information, call (727) 216-6389.

•  The Downs Golf Practice Facility in Oldsmar has added a new Mizuno Fitting Cart. The Mizuno performance fitting system features an array of interchangeable heads and shafts to provide necessary tools to conduct a fitting and determine your clubs’ “DNA”. Also, a Shaft Optimizer tool and software make it possible to capture swing data and precisely identify the ideal shaft for your swing. Mizuno has four new exciting models to choose from in 2010. Look for a Mizuno Demo Day soon at the Downs.

•  Bob Van Sweden's The Golf Repair Center at Missing Links Driving Range in Largo has added another high-tech tool to his club fitting toolbox. FlightScope, the world’s first-ever 3D Doppler tracking golf radar, is a premier portable indoor-outdoor ball-flight and launch monitor. FlightScope is an ideal tool for custom club fitting as it provides accurate ball flight and club travel information. To optimize shaft selection, the Acceleration Profile provided by Flight-Scope makes it easy to determine when players are fitted with the correct shaft for their specific swing and loading of the shaft during the swing. Accurate club and ball speeds, shot shape and launch angles, carry distance and backspin comprise the dataset required to perform a custom fitting procedure. The FlightScope system also provides the club head speed profile before, through and after the strike. It also measures a 3D club path through the strike zone, providing the fitter with angle of attack in both the vertical and horizontal directions. For more information call (727) 586-4400 or visit golfrepaircenter.com.



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