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Influence of shaft length on golf driving performance

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Kenny, Ian C., Wallace, Eric S. and Otto, Steve (2008) Influence of shaft length on golf driving performance. Sports Biomechanics, 7 (3). pp. 322-332. [Journal article]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14763140802233249

DOI: 10.1080/14763140802233249

Abstract

The aim of this study was to determine how shaft length affects golf driving performance. A range of drivers with lengths between 1.168m and 1.270 m, representing lengths close to the 1.219m limit imposed by R&A Rules Limited (2008), were assembled and evaluated. Clubhead and ball launch conditions and drive distance and accuracy were determined for seven category 1 golfers (handicaps 0.21 ^ 2.41) who performed shots on a purpose-built practice hole. As shaft length increased from 1.168m to 1.270 m, initial ball velocity increased (þ1.8 m/s, P , 0.01). Ball carry (þ4.3 m, P ¼ 0.152) also increased, although not significantly so. Furthermore, as shaft length increased, for all club comparisons there was no decrease in accuracy. Ball launch conditions of spin components and launch angle remained unaffected by shaft length. Launch angle increased (0.88, F ¼ 1.074, P ¼ 0.362) as driver shaft length increased. Our results show that clubhead and ball velocity togetherwith ball carry tended to increase with no loss of accuracy.

Item Type:Journal article
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:2542
Deposited By:Professor Eric Wallace
Deposited On:03 Feb 2010 20:42
Last Modified:15 Jun 2011 11:15

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