22. November 2010

Fighting Swedish socialism the Jon Stewart way

This has nothing to do with golf, but gave us a big laugh tonight. Add this to the possibility of playing golf for a reasonable price everywhere and you get the idea what I am doing here.

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
The Stockholm Syndrome Pt. 1
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The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
The Stockholm Syndrome Pt. 2
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18. November 2010

Toys for Boys: Meine neue Casio Exilim High Speed Camera

Bild: Casio Europe GmbH
Endlich konnte ich mich dazu durchringen, mir eine neue kompakte Digitalkamera zu kaufen. Nachdem meine geliebte Panasonic Lumix ja im Sommer vermutlich auf dem Golfplatz verloren gegangen ist, fiel die Wahl nach einigen Überlegungen auf die neue Casio Exilim EX-FH100. Das Hauptargument für diese Kamera ist der High-Speed-Modus für Videoaufnahmen, der bis zu 1.000 Bilder pro Sekunde ermöglicht und somit ideal für schnelle Bewegungen ist. Außerdem haben die neuen Modelle ja inzwischen alle auch HD-Video, damit kann man Filme dann auch endlich im Fullscreen-Modus anschauen.

Die ersten Tests habe ich inzwischen gemacht, die Bildqualität hat mich noch nicht wirklich überzeugt. Gerade bei Kunstlicht und mit Blitz hat die Kamera oft Probleme mit der Darstellung der Farben und ein deutliches Rauschen ist zu sehen. Und warum die Automatik bei Blitzbetrieb immer mit 1/15 Sekunde belichtet und damit oft Bewegungsunschärfe ins Bild kommt, das muss mir mal jemand erklären, der mehr Ahnung hat als ich. Immerhin gibt es ein paar manuelle Einstellungsmöglichkeiten, damit man das umgehen kann. Für "richtige" Fotos nutze ich ohnehin eine Spiegelreflexkamera und die handliche Casio in erster Linie für Schnappschüsse, wenn ich die große Kamera nicht mitschleppen will. Die ersten HD-Videos zu Hause fand ich da schon besser und heute war endlich die Gelegenheit, bei einer Runde Wintergolf die verschiedenen High-Speed-Modi in Ruhe zu testen.

Hier also ein paar Videos. Es geht los mit meinem Schwung von hinten mit einer Geschwindigkeit von 240 Bildern pro Sekunde:



Mit der gleichen Geschwindigkeit habe ich meinen Schwung auch frontal gefilmt:



Je höher die Geschwindigkeit, desto kleiner wird der Film. Bei 1.000 Bildern bleibt da nur noch ein schmaler Streifen übrig. Es reicht aber, um den Ball einzufangen. Außerdem braucht man natürlich möglichst viel Licht, weshalb ich schon gespannt bin auf Filmaufnahmen bei Sonnenschein. Es ist nämlich möglich die Belichtungsdauer manuell einzustellen und somit noch einiges an Schärfe extra raus zu holen. Hier jetzt also Golfschläger trifft Ball in Superzeitlupe:





P.S. Das ich an meinem Schwung nach arbeiten muss, weiß ich selber. High-Speed-Aufnahmen beschönigen das aber auch gar nichts...

17. November 2010

Heute leider kein Golf

Golf spielen gestaltet sich gerade etwas schwierig hier in Stockholm. Bis vorgestern lag noch eine dünne Schneedecke auf dem kleinen Kurs von Bro-Bålsta, einem der ganz wenigen Kurse, die überhaupt im Winter bespielbar sind. Heute morgen hat lang anhaltender Nebel alle Pläne zunichte gemacht. Und um kurz nach drei geht dann auch schon die Sonne unter und es wird dunkel, viel Zeit bleibt da eh nicht. Also haben wir einen schönen Spaziergang im Wald vor unserer Haustür gemacht und einfach mal die wunderbare Natur genossen.
Hier sind ein paar Bilder der herrlichen schwedischen Natur direkt vor den Toren Stockholms. Mit einem Klick kommt man zur großen Ansicht in meinem Flickr Account.

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Alle Bilder: Der Exilgolfer via Flickr

9. November 2010

English Post: Innovative Putter from Sweden helps your game

Here in Sweden, there are a few companies that produce golf equipment ranging from clubs to clothes or even golf jewelry. Today I would like to tell the story of an innovative putter, that truly is a Swedish product, designed and manufactured in the country. In the future this blog will introduce more companies and tell about their story and product.

I write this one here (again) with the support of my friend Gene Oberto from Swedish Golf Online. He has been testing the putter and the theory behind it. I only had the chance to play one round with them and all I can say is that I liked my putting that day and the feeling that the putter gave me. But it is almost winter here and the greens were not in a condition to put the putter to a real test.

The club that I want to talk about is the MLA putter from Pro-Alignment Golf Gear. MLA stands for Multiple Line detector Activation and that pretty much explains everything that is new and innovative in the approach to putting and especially aiming. If it only was so easy, here is what it is all about.

The MLA putter has patented markers that take advantage of the body's natural alignment triggers, and then intensifies them when you line up a putt. Sounds incredible, but it's all scientifically documented. Simply put, on top of every putter is an alignment pattern that, no joke, triggers your brain to putt the ball straight on the line you choose.

David Sevon has always had an inquisitive way of looking at things. He was looking at the alignment lines on his putter, you know, those lines, T bars and circles that are supposed to help golfers align and square the putter face to the ball and then, to the target. He wondered, if this was so, then, why didn't more people make more putts? So, on a piece of scrap paper, he sketched out a pattern that he thought might work.

Not stopping there, he put the sketch to work. One of the first putters that Sevon made for was a steel tube, the size of a golf ball, welded on a solid steel shaft, designed to give the ball a better roll. From that beginning, in 1996, he invented a putter head with a unique pattern of alignment. This putter head, with an alignment completely different than any other putter on the market, became the basis of what the MLA pattern looks like now. In 2004, David decided it was time to devote full time to the development of the MLA putter, believing that it could grow into something big.

There was something about the shape and position of the alignment pattern that caused a reaction that really worked. But why did it work? There had to be an explanation.



David met with Lennart Högman, a PhD working in the Department of Psychology at Stockholm University in the field of perception and visualization. Högman was a researcher and teacher who studied the process of perception for over 20 years. After several meetings and discussions, Lennart showed Sevon why his pattern worked. The pattern triggered the brain's multi-line detectors, and that reaction was creating the improved alignment that were having David make more putts. Amazingly, David discovered, that reaction worked for everybody.

With a prototype putter, the scientific data as to why it worked and a newly secured patent, David looked for someone to help him bring his putter to the golf market. Needing some marketing material, a former client of Sevon's, introduced him to her husband, an experienced marketing manager. Patrik Lindberg and David became friends, and the two formed Pro-Alignment Golf Gear together.

The putter, in prototype, debuted at the 2008 Scandinavian Masters on the practice putting green. Making person-to-person contact, they asked professional golfers to try their putter. Though no one used the putter in competition, the reaction was very good. Many commented on the feel and weight of the putter.

The putter does feel good, balanced and comfortable in your hands. The ball comes off the face solidly, with a very good roll. You feel like you can't make a bad putt. Amazingly, due to the internal sensors in your brain, seemingly, you can't physically move the putter until you have properly aligned the putter to the target. It's downright eerie.

However, long distance manufacturing problems were delaying bringing the putter to market. The putter is made with the best materials and to exact specifications as any high-end putter is. As perfectionists, David and Patrik were not getting what they wanted from the overseas factory. They brought the manufacturing back to Sweden and now use highly regarded local manufacturers.

Today, the MLA putter is available in four different styles. The original 380 mallet, a carbon milled mallet with replaceable weighting, Cameon- style Tour and the Tour X Dream, which has a cavity back design. You can find a list of dealers on their website or you can check their Facebook site for up to date information.

All pictures: MLA Putter / Pro Alignment Golf Gear

1. November 2010

English post: Golf Digest's ranking of Sweden's TOP 50 golf courses

Once a year at the end of the season the Swedish Golf Digest publishes its ranking of the TOP 50 golf courses in Sweden. There are 497 golf clubs in Sweden and many courses are of very good quality. The TOP 50 nevertheless is something special and all of them are well worth playing.
Here are the TOP 5 of Golf Digest's ranking:

1. Bro Hof Slott (Stadium Course)
2. Barsebäck Golf & Country Club (Masters Course)
3. Vasatorp Golfklubb (Tournament Course)
5. Halmstad Golfklubb (Norra)

You can also download the complete Ranking (PDF).