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

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Brown, S.J., Nevill, A.M., Monk, S.A., Otto, S.R., Selbie, W.S. and 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 (14). pp. 1483-1491. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2011.605161

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 r2¼0.965, P50.05). A significant correlation was found between left-hand grip strength and clubhead speed (r¼0.54, P50.05) and between handicap and clubhead speed (r¼70.612, P50.05). Flexibility measures showed some correlation with clubhead speed; both sitting flexibility tests gave positive correlations (clockwise: r¼0.522, P50.05; counterclockwise: r¼0.711, P50.01). 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.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Golf, female players, pelvis, thorax, clubhead speed
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > Ulster Sports Academy
Research Institutes and Groups:Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute
Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute > Centre for Sports Science and Sports Medicine
ID Code:20602
Deposited By:Professor Eric Wallace
Deposited On:20 Dec 2011 09:07
Last Modified:20 Dec 2011 09:07

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