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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 and Wallace, Eric 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. ISSN 1466-447X

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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.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 1466-447X
Uncontrolled Keywords: Golf; female players; pelvis; thorax; clubhead speed;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences > School of Life, Sport and Social Sciences
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health > 612 Human physiology
Library of Congress Subjects: Q Science > QP Physiology
Item ID: 5338
Depositing User: Miss Susan Brown
Date Deposited: 31 May 2012 15:59
Last Modified: 31 May 2012 15:59
URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/5338

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