The revolution in low power microelectronics has enabled the development of electronically enabled golf clubs, radically changing the relationship between the golfer and the golf club. These intelligent sensor systems provide quantitative measurements of the golf swing with unprecedented detail. Additionally, they have been implemented to enable real-time, audio biofeedback on the motion of the club. Transforming the golf swing into an audio sound-space provides a novel perspective of the golf swing and has yielded new insight into many aspects of the swing, tempo and timing in particular. This talk summarizes some of the interesting physics and biomechanics that have been learned about the golf swing through the use of this technology.
Bio: Professor Grober's scientific expertise is in materials physics, novel techniques of optical imaging and spectroscopy, and general scientific instrumentation. Prof. Grober earned his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University, received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Maryland College Park, and was a postdoc at AT&T Bell Labs in Murray Hill, NJ. Prof. Grober joined the Yale faculty in 1994. He serves the federal government as a scientific consultant on issues of National Security and National Defense and is the Founder and Chief Scientist of Sonic Golf Inc., a company specializing in electronically enabled, intelligent golf clubs.
Prof. Grober grew up as a caddie in Westchester County, New York, having spent eight years working at at Briar Hall, Sleepy Hollow, and Mahopac Country Clubs. A Westchester Golf Association Caddie Scholarship helped him attend Vanderbilt University, where he earned his undergraduate degree in Physics and Mathematics while playing on the Vanderbilt Men's Golf team. He received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Maryland College Park in experimental Condensed Matter Physics, all the while playing in state amateur competition, qualifying for the 1986 USGA Public Links Championship and winning the 1988 University of Maryland Club Championship. Prof. Grober was a postdoctoral fellow at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ before joining the Yale faculty in 1994. He is the Founder and Chief Scientist of Sonic Golf Inc., a company specializing in electronically enabled, intelligent golf clubs.