The Spartan men's and women's golf teams moved into a new home -- The Rearick Golf Complex -- prior to the start of the 2003-04 school year.
The MSU Rearick Golf Complex houses the coaches' offices, a team room which will display the Spartans' successful history and locker rooms for each team. Student-athletes have their own custom-built oak locker with space for all necessary golf equipment.
The Spartans unveiled their new practice facility at the Rearick Golf Complex in November 2004. The facility overlooks the 13th hole on the Forest Akers West Golf Course and features an expansive putting green, three hitting stations and the revolutionary V-1 Video Swing Analysis System.
The men's and women's golf teams both benefit from the new facility, sharing the spacious and recently technologically-upgraded facility next door to the teams' offices.
The on-campus facility is open to the players from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily, creating maximum flexibility between the players' class and practice schedules.
In addition to the location benefits, the facility features unique practice resources that allow players to work closely with the coaches year round. Players can concentrate on all aspects of their game, from chipping and putting on the green, to full-swing shots and analysis with the hitting nets and the V-1 System.
The putting green is 1,080 square feet and effectively recreates an outdoor putting surface. The green accepts and reacts to spin off chip shots and its speed can be modified by rolling the surface, much like a natural-grass green. Chipping areas are located at the corners of the green and along one side of the green, allowing players to practice chip shots from various distances and angles. With subtle breaks in the green, players can chip uphill or downhill and onto different terrains from different lies.
The players' putting remains a high priority with the new practice green as well. The green's size is user-friendly, as players can practice lag putts or choose to build confidence and work on short putts.
Staying sharp in the off-season also has been easier because of the new V-1 Video Swing Analysis System. With the V-1 System, players can digitally record their swing and identify specific mechanical flaws. Once a flaw is identified, players can make the necessary changes and track their progress while they change their swing. Players can not only analyze their swings and track personal progress, but they also can compare their swings to professionals and learn from the best players in the world.