The relationship between biomechanical variables and driving performance during the golf swing

Yungchien Chu, Timothy C. Sell, Scott M. Lephart

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Abstract

Swing kinematic and ground reaction force data from 308 golfers were analysed to identify the variables important to driving ball velocity. Regression models were applied at four selected events in the swing. The models accounted for 44-74% of variance in ball velocity. Based on the regression analyses, upper torso-pelvis separation (the X-Factor), delayed release (i.e. the initiation of movement) of the arms and wrists, trunk forward and lateral tilting, and weight-shifting during the swing were significantly related to ball velocity. Our results also verify several general coaching ideas that were considered important to increased ball velocity. The results of this study may serve as both skill and strength training guidelines for golfers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1251-1259
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Sports Sciences
Volume28
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010

Keywords

  • Biomechanics
  • Driving performance
  • Golf swing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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