Doppler radar isn't just for tracking the weather or in police speed guns.
Players participating in the NGA Hooters Tour's Buffalo Run Casino Classic were able to have their swing analyzed via Doppler by teaching pro Kiran Kanwar Tuesday at the Peoria Ridge Golf Course.
Kanwar is using the FlightScope Prime, a 3D Doppler-tracking radar designed specifically for golf.
“It tracks the actual movement of the ball, giving you the most reliable data as to how far the ball goes, does it move left or right, how high or how low and how high it takes off from the tee,” said Kanwar, who splits time between St. Louis and her home in India.
Kanwar, who has been teaching golf for 21 years, never felt she hit the ball as long as she wanted.
“It was my ambition to research the golf swing,” she said.
Following 16 years of research, she has presented papers to various groups, including the second World Scientific Conference of Golf at St. Andrews, Scotland — the home of golf — and the Asian PGA golf conference.
“I am talking about bringing science to the golf swing,” she said. “I have made a template of where your swing can be in terms of physics and in terms of muscular skeletal physiology.”
Kanwar has a bachelor of science degree in physics and math from St. Xavier’s College and Bombay University.
“Say you hit 10 (of the 18) fairways,” she said. “If you get to 12 fairways and not in the thick stuff, it’s that much easier. If you go straighter and longer, you are that much closer to the green. You are closer to the hole. That gives you more chances to make putts and make birdies.”
Kanwar is an LPGA Class A teaching pro, a Class AA member of the PGA-U.K. and is a Class A member and member of the board of management of the PGA of India.
She has written for Golf Digest India and is a member of the Golf Writers’ Association of America.
“Some of the best players and teachers in the world have given their theories, but none of those theories have been proven by science,” Kanwar said. “Every time you go to a teacher to improve, they will put your swing next to a Tiger Woods or a Ben Hogan. But all you have in common is the same muscular skeletal ability. Your joints are only able to move in a certain plane.”