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Determination of the swing technique characteristics and performance outcome relationship in golf driving for low handicap female golfers

Brown, Susan; Nevill, Alan M; Monk, Stuart A; Otto, Steve R; Selbie, W Scott; Wallace, Eric S

Authors

Alan M Nevill

Stuart A Monk

Steve R Otto

W Scott Selbie

Eric S Wallace



Abstract

Previous studies on the kinematics of the golf swing have mainly focused on group analysis of male golfers of a wide ability range. In the present study, we investigated gross body kinematics using a novel method of analysis for golf research for a group of low handicap female golfers to provide an understanding of their swing mechanics in relation to performance. Data were collected for the drive swings of 16 golfers using a 12-camera three-dimensional motion capture system and a stereoscopic launch monitor. Analysis of covariance identified three covariates (increased pelvis–thorax differential at the top of the backswing, increased pelvis translation during the backswing, and a decrease in absolute backswing time) as determinants of the variance in clubhead speed (adjusted r 2 = 0.965, P < 0.05). A significant correlation was found between left-hand grip strength and clubhead speed (r = 0.54, P < 0.05) and between handicap and clubhead speed (r = −0.612, P < 0.05). Flexibility measures showed some correlation with clubhead speed; both sitting flexibility tests gave positive correlations (clockwise: r = 0.522, P < 0.05; counterclockwise: r = 0.711, P < 0.01). The results suggest that there is no common driver swing technique for optimal performance in low handicap female golfers, and therefore consideration should be given to individual swing characteristics in future studies.

Citation

Brown, S., Nevill, A. M., Monk, S. A., Otto, S. R., Selbie, W. S., & Wallace, E. S. (2011). Determination of the swing technique characteristics and performance outcome relationship in golf driving for low handicap female golfers. Journal of Sports Sciences, 29, 1483-1491. https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2011.605161

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2011-11
Deposit Date May 31, 2012
Print ISSN 0264-0414
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 29
Pages 1483-1491
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2011.605161
Keywords Golf; female players; pelvis; thorax; clubhead speed;
Public URL http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/5338
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02640414.2011.605161