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<p>Before the green’s gone, golfaholics might want to invest some time with Chandler — no, not Bing from Friends — but Peter, a Toronto instructor who has sole dibs on the hottest piece of technology designed to put that zing in your swing.</p>





NAME: PETER CHANDLER

AGE: 30

OCCUPATION: GOLF INSTRUCTOR



Before the green’s gone, golfaholics might want to invest some time with Chandler — no, not Bing from Friends — but Peter, a Toronto instructor who has sole dibs on the hottest piece of technology designed to put that zing in your swing.


But don’t let his age faze you. At 30, the native Nova Scotian is not only a golf pro but also the facility manager in charge of the TaylorMade MATT (Motion Analysis) Performance Centre in Vaughan, Ont.


Equipped with the world’s most advanced club fitting and swing analysis technology, the MATT gadget has apparently revolutionized the sport.


With the use of nine high-speed cameras, which are linked to a complex contraption of high tech monitors and motion sensors, the system meticulously captures a player’s every movement to a “tee.”


Pros like Retief Goosen and Natalie Gulbis have reaped its benefits. Even Canadian champ Mike Weir was said to have wanted one set up in his home.


With 3-D imaging analysis, Chandler dishes out tips on improving your posture and movement along with offering advice on selecting better equipment — all in effort to get you gliding from over to under par in high time. Once fitted to the gadget, you might feel like you’re filming a movie on green screen as opposed to demonstrating your drive on the green.


That makes sense, as its technology was adapted from computer wizardry used to created characters in Lord Of The Rings and The Polar Express.


The technological regimen includes the simple strapping on of reflection markers to your shoes, knees, waist, arms, elbows, chest, back, shoulders and clubs. Your golf cap is even included in the mix.


All it takes is five balls per club for an analysis. Now, that’s a favourable fatigue- saving perk no matter how strong you are.


As research shows, a onehour MATT session could spare you 10 hours on the driving range. (No need to call up Helga for that deep tissue massage; you’ll be too busy reviewing your post-session DVD anyways).


“Until recently, the MATT system was only accessible to pro golfers.


Now any golfer of any skill can be fit like a pro,” explains Chandler, the first Canadian to be trained at the centre’s headquarters in California.


“Customers range from the avid to weekend-withmy- buddies golfers, from the young to the wisely aged.”


The equipment is imaginably expensive, but its training sessions aren’t.


If you can afford to golf, chances are you can afford a full, two-hour MATT session for $250.


In return, you’ll be fitted for everything from drivers to iron to short game clubs — putter included.


And as of this month, specialty one-hour/oneclub sessions are also available.


The proof, so far, seems to be in the pudding — or rather — putting.


“I played today for the first time since our meeting,” shares golfer Mark Evershead. “I was very disappointed. I only made nine birdies.”




whohot@rogers.com



 
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