We recently caught up with Swingbyte user and Occidental College Head Golf Coach, Andrew Larkin. Here’s what he had to say…
1. What do like the most about using Swingbyte?
AL: The best thing about Swingbyte is the instant feedback and extra data it provides when working with our players. To be able to break down what their swing looks like with the data is a huge help when trying to coach college players. The video feature and easy set up are also big benefits on a daily basis.
2. How do you typically use Swingbyte when you’re teaching a student?
AL: We will use it to break down different aspects of the swing, or to help one of our players who may have practiced on their own and had questions about his swing. Being able to review past swings and data frees up our players from needing to be at every team practice to get coaching.
3. Which data points do you usually focus on?
AL: The swing path and data including [club head] speed and face angle are the main things we will focus on when using it.
4. What type of drills do you do with Swingbyte?
AL: We currently do not use Swingbyte for many drills, sometimes for tempo drills.
5. Which Swingbyte features do you find most helpful in your teaching?
AL: The video and swing models are the biggest features for us.
6. Do you ever use the video or ITR features?
AL: Yes it is a great way to help our more visual players make sense of the data.
7. What clubs do you typically have students swing with?
AL: We will have most of out players go through it with mid irons unless they are struggling with a specific club or distance.
8. Are you familiar with our Teachers’ Module*?
AL: I have not used it. I talked with [Swingbyte] about setting up something like that but never got any new info on it.
9. Advice for anyone looking to take their golf game to the next level?
AL: It is not the amount of total hours you spend but the quality of the practice, find what areas you need work on and create a routine that will help you improve in those areas, the key to taking the next step is deliberate focused practice, not just practice.
Andrew Larkin (Los Angeles), completed his career as a four-time All-SCIAC golfer at Occidental College in May 2012. He was named the head coach of the school’s men’s and women’s teams shortly after. He is currently playing on the Golden State Tour and All-American Tours where he has had two top five finishes. Larkin, a level one PGA Apprentice, advanced to the first Stage of Web.com Tour Q-School, and looks forward to being a part of the PGA Tour Latin America and OneAsia Q-Schools.
*Note: We recently released our Teachers Module but haven’t made an announcement yet as its currently only available for iPad. We’re looking for coaches and instructors who are interested in trying and providing feedback. To activate the Teacher’s Module in your app, click on the Account icon in the app and select, “I’m a Teaching Pro”. Click here to learn more.