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Greenwich Instructor's Invention Gets Golfers Into the Swing

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – Eanna Rushe has been thinking about the perfect golf swing for six years. In that time, he’s hoping he has invented a machine that will help just about any golfer achieve that elusive, pristine goal.

Rushe, a native of Ireland and a Darien resident, invented the GolfPosturePOD to help golfers find kinks in their swings. Golfers are harnessed into the 4-foot-tall machine, they take their swing, and computer sensors calculate the swing's accuracy.

“One of the most common mistakes for golfers is loss of posture on the downswing,” Rushe said. “About 70 percent of golfers have this problem. So I tried to come up with an idea to give golfers some feedback on how to work on that fault.”

Years in the making, the finished product was unveiled at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., and immediately attracted interest from instructors and country clubs. Only the original machine currently exists in Rushe’s Greenwich training facility, BioSport Technologies , but he said “a bunch” are in production.

“The product was really well received, and we came back and tried to make some changes to it,” Rushe said. “That’s what we’re working on right now to make more of an official launch.”

Rushe employed a team of engineers to design the machine’s computer sensors. His original prototype — made for $350 at a metalwork company in Stamford with flashing lights instead of a computer screen — sits next to its high-tech successor.

“It’s pretty cool. It’s been a long process that started out with chicken scratch on a piece of paper,” Rushe said. “It’s gone through a lot of a lot of twists and turns and a reasonable amount of money invested. So it’s great to get good feedback, especially from local pros.”

Rushe envisions just about anyone in the golf world finding a use for his machine. “Trainers, golf pros, country clubs, teaching academies, golf universities, physical therapy – any facility that has a golf program of any kind could certainly integrate it."

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