Golf Biomechanics - Why guess when you can measure
Golf Biomechanics - Why is it important?
Without conducting the proper research and having relevant evidence, you will not be able to pinpoint areas you need to improve. Measuring accurately provides golf coaches with the necessary evidence on which to base an intervention. The coach then uses the information to allow the player to develop the “feels” associated with a different movement pattern. This is the power of the biomechnical process, Measure – don’t guess!
The ability to translate the biomechanical research findings into a form that is understandable to the golfer is a hallmark of the Golf BioDynamics, the company Dr Neal founded. The state-of-the-art motion capture technology, coupled with the expertise of Dr. Neal ensures every aspect of your technique is an analyzed.
Dr. Neal’s understanding of Bio Mechanics and how they apply to the golf swing are unparalleled however Dr Neal also states the analysis and biofeedback training you will receive depends on the following factors:
- The desired outcomes
- History/experience of the player
- Time constraints for practice
Preparedness of the client to engage in physical training to help facilitate change also plays a huge factor in the effectivness of golf biomechanics.
Golf Biomechanics - What role does it play in learning?
When it comes to golf, the primary goal when using a driver or wood is to hit balls further to get them on the fairway. Various Biomechanics principles play a role in how far and accurate you hit the ball.
The function of a club-head’s linear velocity at the point of impact between the ball and club is to displace the golf shot. The linear club head velocity becomes a function of the angular velocity of the club head and club lever at the point of impact.
To ensure maximum ball displacement on every drive, the golfer needs to maximize the angular velocity of the club head and the length of the arm club system at impact.
The length of the arm club system is maximized by gripping the club at the upper portion of the handle and extending the elbows to the point of contact, even though the length of the clubs is finite.
Biomechanics research in maximizing distance with drivers and long irons has primarily focused on adjusting angular velocity.
By learning the correct positions and technique, you will achieve the desired distance and accuracy.
However - Golfing skill can only be classed as learned when it is retained and transfered into different environments, for example the golf course during competition. For a deeper understanding on how golf coaches and golfers can achieve this watch the below YouTube Video.