Harbor Springs, Mich. – The Boyne Golf Academy, offering Northern Michigan golf instruction, has added Enjoin, a cutting-edge, 3-D motion analysis technology that measures and analyzes the biomechanics of an individual’s golf swing.
Boyne Golf Academy will debut ZenoLink at its two Advanced Nike Junior Golf Camps, scheduled June 20-24 and July 18-22, at Boyne Highlands Resort, home of the Arthur Hills, Donald Ross Memorial, The Moor and The Heather championship courses. Brian O’Neill, Director of Instruction at BOYNE, said the addition of ZenoLink will ensure that Boyne Golf Academy students continue to gain the benefits of the latest in golf instruction technology.
“In the teaching industry, you’ve got to stay on the cusp of technology in order to provide the best possible experience for your students,” said O’Neill, explaining why he was drawn to ZenoLink.
O’Neill speaks from experience. He has been a golf professional at BOYNE for 20 years, the last eight as Director of Golf Instruction. O’Neill, a graduate of the highly regarded Professional Golf Management program at Ferris State University, twice has been voted Junior Golf Leader by his peers in the PGA of America’s Michigan section.
“BOYNE is one of the premier golf destinations in the United States, so having Brian and his team partner with ZenoLink for use at the Boyne Golf Academy truly validates our product,” said Chris Welch, founder of ZenoLink. “I’m confident that every student at BOYNE who makes the effort to understand their ZenoLink functional movement assessment and diligently engages with the program will see quantum improvements in his or her game.”
Welch, a biomedical-biomechanical engineer, pioneered the concept of clinical biomechanics by bringing 3-D motion analysis out of the laboratory and into the arenas of public healthcare, training and coaching. His study of functional movement over the last 20 years has influenced forward-thinking coaches and trainers not only in golf, but also in baseball, lacrosse, tennis, cycling and other sports. Welch is a leader in the emerging field of neuromechanics, which is proving that limitations to an athlete’s “hardware” (body structure) can be mitigated by reprogramming their “software” (how the nervous system initiates muscle movement) by the use of specific drills designed to reproduce small components of overall movement. Those drills are incorporated in ZenoLink’s sport-specific Progressive Skills Training program, which helps athletes achieve proper kinetic sequencing and increases power.
The premise behind ZenoLink is that an understanding and application of functional biomechanics – the analysis of motion and the effects of forces relative to the human body and its movement – can help athletes improve sport-specific performance and reduce the risk of injury. Before the advent of ZenoLink, golfers could obtain detailed analysis of biomechanics only by going into a lab setting, being wired with sensors and hitting balls indoors. Thanks to ZenoLink, research-level data now can be collected by videotaping golfers in their natural environment – on the range or on the course – unencumbered by sensors, wires or vests. The resulting information is evaluated at ZenoLink’s performance lab in Endicott, N.Y., after which the analysis and Progressive Skills Training recommendations can be accessed on a secure Web site.
O’Neill said he was most impressed by ZenoLink’s “amazingly personal and continuous” service. “The ease of data capture was very appealing to me,” he said. “Thanks to the knowledge and enthusiasm of the ZenoLink staff, it’s almost as if I have my own 3D lab on site. I can’t tell you how much I’ve already learned about functional movement applications to the golf swing. ZenoLink is going to be a real asset to the Boyne Golf Academy.”
The Academy expects to enroll about 25 participants at each Advanced Nike Junior Golf Camp, which are geared for college-bound competitive junior golfers. ZenoLink staff will be on hand the first two days of each five-day camp to videotape participants, analyze their functional movement, and recommend the appropriate Progressive Skills Training drills. ZenoLink evaluations also will be available to golfers enrolled in single or multi-day golf schools, all-level Nike Junior Golf Camps, and private lessons at Boyne Highlands and sister resorts Boyne Mountain and The Inn at Bay Harbor – A Renaissance Golf Resort.
BOYNE is a collection of mountain and golf resorts, retail stores and real estate opportunities based in Michigan. Each of the collection is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions and includes Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls; Boyne Highland Resort in Harbor Springs; and the The Inn at Bay Harbor – A Renaissance Golf Resort in Bay Harbor; as well as Bay Harbor Golf Club, Crooked Tree Golf Club, Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark, Boyne Country Sports and Boyne Realty. With countless lodging and meeting facilities, eight championship golf courses, premiere snowsports terrain, two spas, distinctive dining, spectacular events and Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark, and the question becomes . . . what are you up for?
For more information about ZenoLink, go to www.ZenoLink.com.