The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between 3D kinematics, weight transfer, and club head speed when using two different clubs. Eighteen high school golfers (13 males, 5 females) performed six maximal swings with each club. Full body kinematics, weight transfer patterns, and club head speed were collected using a 12-camera, high-speed (480 Hz) motion capture system following the application of 47 retroreflective markers placed on specific anatomical landmarks of each subject. Kinematic and weight transfer parameters were calculated at address and ball contact. The average kinematic and force variables were determined for each subject and then combined for each club type for statistical analysis. Differences between clubs were examined using repeated measures ANOVA’s (p < 0.05) and post-hoc analysis were conducted for significant main effects. Pearson product-moment correlation coefficients were also determined to further examine relationships. Results found that swing pattern was similar between clubs, yet distinguishable differences in the hips, shoulders, lead foot, and ankles are evident. Before accepting the notion that the golf swing is similar, future research needs to be done.
|Commitee:||Laughlin, Walter, Nakajima, Mikiko|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 57/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Golf biomechanics, Swing analysis|
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