Twenty-four hours before National Golf Week (March 31-April 2), the Performance Center was inaugurated at Golf National (78), a high-tech tool whose main objective is to train the French golf champions of tomorrow .
This ambitious project started in 2020 by the French Golf Federation (FFG) and a total cost of 4.5 million euros (65% financed by public partners (Ile-de-France Region, Department of Yvelines, Agglomeration community of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, national sports agency)) gathered in one place national golf an ultra-modern center that includes a training area, a state-of-the-art performance platform and an accommodation center. An authentic jewel that can be found in equivalence in other sports disciplines such as football, tennis or even rugby.
After two years of work in this already unavoidable place that, let us remember, housed the mythical Ryder Cup 2018 and will receive this summer the world amateur championships (From August 24 to 27 for ladies, from August 31 to September 3 for men) before organizing the golf event in the Paris Olympics in 2024This equipment is already fully operational.
In his opening speech, Pascual Grizotthe very dynamic president of the FFG, recalled that “ our ambition is to train the best fans, and for that we need infrastructure to match. We have carried out a major reform in this regard by closing our poles and creating two performance centers, at Golf National and at White land (83), favoring a unit of place at each site. Our athletes can obviously train there, but also do their physical and mental preparation, follow their school curriculum and sleep on site. They are tools that are perfectly adapted to your needs. »
Up to twelve trainees on site
Supervised by fifteen “teachers”, this place 100% dedicated to high-level golf is divided into two distinct “zones”. First we found the accommodation center. (700 m²), open from September 2021, with a living space reserved for trainees with, in particular, a dozen very functional bedrooms on the upper floor.
A quelques mètres du center d’hébergement est venu nicher le performance center (600 m²) avec au rez-de-chaussée une salle de soins, des vestiaires et sanitaires, a laboratory dedicated to mental preparation, a space for briefing et relaxation. Upstairs, the future champions have a large fully equipped gym (rowers, bikes, treadmills, etc.) with a room dedicated to biomechanics and kinematics (see photo below) decorated with Smart2Move and GEARS force sensors, a putting Synthetic green equipped with PuttView, SAM Tools PuttLab and TrackMan. In bad weather, a large collapsible canopy also allows students to shoot from this room directly onto the driving range. Birdie located a few meters below.
Have everything in one place
” This type of equipment is found almost everywhere in the United States, but in a more fragmented way, in tourist centers. Here, the particularity is to have everything in the same place, which makes the system very efficient. “, Add Edouard Brechignacthe director of the Performance Center.
Aimed at students who train there all year round and follow an adapted education (university and high school)The National Golf Performance Center is also open to visiting groups such as French teams, as well as professional players looking for a venue suitable to their training needs.
Photos: Alexis Orloff/ffgolf