Golfing skill level postural control differences: A brief report

James S. Wrobel, Samuel Marclay, Bijan Najafi

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Abstract

Golfers have better balance than their age-matched counterparts; however, it is uncertain if this persists during the swing as a function of skill level. The purpose of the study was to investigate dynamic postural control (center of mass (COM) motion) measured during different phases of the swing in golfers of varying proficiency. Eighteen healthy golfers were grouped by handicap: novice (no handicap, n = 7), intermediate (handicap 15-19, n = 7), and advanced (handicap 9-14, n = 4). Indoor testing was performed hitting 3 tee shots using a common driver. A five-camera (60 Hz) motion analysis system (9 markers) was used to extract kinematics data. There were no significant group differences in gender, age, or BMI. Advanced players had lower COM displacement with respect to address at the time of maximum arm speed (p = 0.001) compared to intermediate (57%, p = 0.014) and novice (73%, p = 0.023). These changes persisted after COM distance and time normalization. Advanced golfers had improved COM linearity during the downswing (p < 0.001) compared to intermediate (30%, p = 0.029) and novice (51%, p < 0.001). Advanced players had decreased COM displacement at the time of maximum arm speed and a more linear COM path during the early downswing. Further study should focus on these changes during ball launch conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)452-458
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Sports Science and Medicine
Volume11
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2012

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Keywords

  • Body worn sensor
  • Golf Balance
  • Postural compensatory strategy

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

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Wrobel, James S. ; Marclay, Samuel ; Najafi, Bijan. / Golfing skill level postural control differences : A brief report. In: Journal of Sports Science and Medicine. 2012 ; Vol. 11, No. 3. pp. 452-458.
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