The on-going story of revival at Leeds Golf Centre reached a landmark on Friday with the opening of a £200,000 high-tech golf swing studio, one of the most sophisticated in Europe.
Harrogate’s European Tour star John Parry played the first official drive of the Swing Studios in front of a crowd of media, guests and dignitaries at the Centre based at Wike Ridge Golf Club.
Parry is coached by new Golf Centre professional Mark Moore, formerly of Rudding Park.
Fellow Tour man Danny Willett and Leeds Rhino Danny McGuire also tried their hand.
The cutting-edge golf assessment studio is among the highest spec golf assessment facilities in the north of England, and includes a European first - the FlightScope TruSim golf simulator.
The two new video swing analysis bays provide a complete video assessment suite, offering golfers an in-depth analysis of technique.
They create a profile of each swing, using a multi-camera high-speed video analysis system, while the TruSim simulator allows golfers to play some of the most famous courses around the globe.
With a prize of “bragging rights” on offer, a longest drive and putting competition was held to put the new equipment through its paces.
Danny Willet took the lead right at the beginning measured by the FlightScope™ launch monitor and, whilst he was pipped to the post by Joe Feather from Leeds Golf Centre, he was consistently the biggest hitter.
Meanwhile, Enid Gott, Lady Captain at the golf centre’s Wike Ridge Golf Club, won the putting consistency competition using the SAM PuttLab.
Leeds Golf Centre’s upturn in fortune, under new owners Parklane Properties, was acknowledged in the opening speech by Andy Herridge, the Head PGA Professional.
2011 has seen renovations and development at both the centre and Wike Ridge Golf Club.