Michael Jacobs

You can analyze a golf swing in two basic categories: Kinematics & Kinetics

  • Kinematics describe the movements of a golf swing (speed, velocity, acceleration, rotation, etc)
  • Kinetics are the forces that created the movement  (forces, torques)

Traditional software packages are great at measuring kinematics (movement) but they don’t show the kinetics, or forces at play. For example, I could already see kinematically the motion of the club twisting on the downswing as the player squared the face. I could see that it twisted, and how fast it was twisting, but I wanted to know how much force/torque it took the player to twist it, and when in the swing that twisting effort started to happen. The ability to do that wasn’t out there, so I decided to solve the problem myself. I commissioned one of the most prestigious bioengineering laboratories in the United States to build my own software—Jacobs 3D.

Jacobs 3D is the first golf pro commissioned software to measure the forces that go into hitting a golf ball. It is expanding our understanding of exactly what, how, and when the most important elements of the swing happen. Instead of “waiting” to see kinematic results, Jacobs 3D is giving us a look at what is happening earlier in the chain of events. Having access to this information will transform how teachers and researchers study the golf swing—and provide a much clearer, quicker path for the average player to improve. I’m using it to develop new curriculum for the Jacobs 3D Initiative, and to research the real “causes” of a swing. It’s an exciting time to be studying the golf swing!

Michael Jacobs

  • Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher in America 2017 – Present
  • Golf Digest Best Young Teachers in America 2016 – Present
  • 2015-2016 Golf Digest #4 ranked teacher in the state of New York
  • 2012 Metropolitan Section PGA Teacher of the Year
  • Worked with more than 20,000 amateurs and over 1,000 PGA Professionals
  • Author of ‘Swing Tips You Should Forget’
  • Author of ‘Elements of the Swing’ 

Brian Manzella

When I started teaching 31 years ago, I was sure that the science of the golf swing was still a mystery. I had read all the books and research papers available and only a few made sense from a teaching standpoint. I found there to be too many holes in whatever theory or method I heard being preached. I knew that if I was going to reach my goal of being the best teacher in the world, I was going to have to find better information.

It wasn’t easy and it took a long time but when we found Dr Steven Nesbit and started to understand the basic science involved, we were well on our way. All by ourselves, we started a revolution—The “Golf Science Revolution.”  

There was and is pushback, of course. There is always resistance when you try to change the way an industry operates and challenge the ‘status quo.’  If you are in the golf teaching business now, it is easy to see that there are some hard truths about the inner workings of a golf swing and the days of folklore information are numbered.  This revelation doesn’t mean that a golf lesson will one day be a bunch of complicated ideas with words sounding like they would be in a physics course.

What it means is simple,  golf teachers are learning more and more about how the swing really works and they now have the tools to analyze a golf swing that previously did not exist.  Playing golf is an art and it will always be that way, but using correct information and technology to know what you are trying to do in your swing is way better than guessing at it.  Jacobs 3D provides us with a whole new arsenal of information and know how.

Brian Manzella

  • Golf Digest Top 50 Teacher in America 2013 – Present
  • Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher in America 2011 – Present
  • 2 Time Section PGA Teacher of the Year
  • Published several revolutionary Golf Digest and Golf Magazine articles