New Callaway Series 'Forefront' examines future of golf
21 Nov 2019
by Kyle Rector of AmateurGolf.com
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Callaway continues to turn out some of the most unique video content in the game. Their latest series Forefront
, premiers today with three-diverse episodes, from the use of AI in equipment, to sustainable course architecture, to the rise of interactive screen golf, Forefront explores the revolutionary trends in golf that are driving the future of the game.
EPISODE 1 // Bobby JonesEight tees for every hole? Two holes on every green? When Marty Elgison and course designer, Bobby Cupp, revitalized one of the oldest public golf course in Atlanta, they created one of the most revolutionary and innovative layouts golf has ever seen…a reversible golf course.
Bobby Jones Golf Course in Atlanta Georgia is innovating course design for the future of golf in urban areas. To build and maintain a reversible course designed with two tracks for a total of 18 holes using only 9 greens takes genius engineering, creative problem solving, and a team of experts in every area of course management. Not only did they create 18 holes in the footprint of 9 but designed 8 (read EIGHT) tee boxes for each hole so golfers of every skill level can tee off in the best position to maintain pace of play and hedge scoring for each player making it FUN for adults to play with kids or scratch golfers with high handicapped players.
In this episode of Forefront Bobby Jones Foundation President, Marty Elgison is our guide into the aforementioned design of the course, it’s history, and the team that keeps is going. EPISODE 2 // Callaway Golf
Callaway was the first manufacturer to make the prolific leap from persimmon wood to metal driver heads with the launch of the legendary Big Bertha. Now at the “magical” hands and mind of Dr. Alan Hocknell and his R&D team comes the extraordinary leap from human only to A.I designed club heads.
Callaway engineers use Artificial Intelligence to exponentially speed up innovation by programming their desired results into the supercomputer system using precise aerospace-born measurement instruments, golfer swing data, and specific material specs. They then use machine learning to optimize every variation of construction thousands of times to reach the optimal design. The drivers are then tested in real life by golfers and that data is sent back into the system to refine the design even further.
In this episode of Forefront, Head of Research and Development, Dr. Alan Hocknell is your guide into the halls of Callaway Golf where the next generation of golf equipment is being invented.EPISODE 3 // Screen Golf
South Korea has become the first country where more rounds of 'screen golf' are played annually than on-course. For a nation passionate about the sport, but with limited access to courses, screen golf has emerged as a cultural phenomenon and a way of life.
‘Screen Golf’ is so pervasive in South Korea that it’s application is being used for training players to go pro, for friendly outings (weekly AND daily), as well as an employee satisfaction tool after being installed in the workplace to keep them happy and recharged. As with any technological advancement for the future of golf, engineers and data scientists are consistently iterating functionality to keep the experience accurate, useful, and most importantly FUN.
In this episode of Forefront a cast of interesting characters are your guide through the Screen Golf Revolution happening in South Korea.