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Paradise Golf Brings A Launch Monitor to Thunder Bay

by Scott A. Sumner
   Thunder Bays newest golf retailer, Paradise Golf, is now providing a new service to area golfers.  Their state of the art computerized launch monitor will help you determine the exact club you need with your swing to maximize your results.  Lee McKie of Terrace Bay is a 16 handicap and tried out the the Pure Launch program, Velocity based system when choosing his KZG driver.  The unit provides 6 different variables based on your actual swings - club head speed, launch angle, carry distance, ball velocity, ball spin and power transfer ratio.  Each one of these figures tells Murray Young, owner of Paradise Golf, the proper shaft  to choose because the shaft technology today changes the launch angle of the ball.  "In years past we would see the golfer using regular or stiff shafts but  with the technology now there is no standards as to what is regular and what is stiff anymore.  You try to pick as close as possible the proper shaft with the proper launch angle and the swing speed,' notes Murray Young.  "It also tells us whether the golfer is playing the right lofted driver say, 9 or 10 degrees.  People may make the mistake of thinking a low lofted driver goes further when it fact the carry is shorter because the ball doesn't have as much time in the air.  We have had a very warm summer so it really doesnt matter what you hit, it will roll for ever it seems.  If you get on a course with soft fairways the ball doesn't go anywhere."
      On the pro tour you have launch angles that change per swing.  The higher the swing speed, the higher your launch angle.  The lower the swing speed, the lower your launch angle.  The average PGA pro is swinging at 130 MPH while Terrace Bay golferLee McKie was about 100 MPH.  "The ball roughly travels 2 1/2 miles per mile of club head speed.  You can hit the ball further with the proper launch shaft.  To match shaft manufacturing is looking for the optimum launch angle with the golfers club head speed,' states Young.  "We get two recommendations of the proper loft with the proper shaft.  A shaft may be good for 80 to 85 MPH or 85 to 90 MPH for example.  If I'm at 82 MPH and I have the 95 MPH shaft Im not getting the maximum benefit."
    Young puts this information into another software program and it comes back with recommendation as to what club loft and shaft are right for you.  Also there is torque at the bottom of  the shaft, for example whether you have 2.5% or 3.2%.  "The better players may not tell the difference of the shafts,' states Young.  "Today the shaft, the loft and type of head are all at the limit.  Manufacturers have said drivers should be 45 inches, stretched from 43 inches in the past.  Sometimes it can be shorter.  If you want more control you can go down to say 44 inches."
      "We can put some different balls on the machine as well.  I've always been a proponent of using the same ball throughout the season for golfers,' states Young.  "If we take 6 or 7 decent swings and delete the terrible ones, the software will take the averages.  For the most part it is pretty similar to what the person does on the golf course."
    Once this information is in hand, Murray Young and his staff will make your custom KZG club.  They usually charge $40 for the fitting, but will waive the fee if a club is purchased.  If improving you golf game is a priority a visit to the launch monitor is what you need to do.

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