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Analysis of elite golfers' kinematic sequence in full-swing and partial swing shots
The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences.
The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences.
The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences.
The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences.
2009 (English)In: Proceedings of ISBS 27 International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports, 2009Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Proximal-to-distal sequencing (PDS) has been observed in full-swing golf shots as in most throwing and striking skills, where the main goal is to maximize speed in the most distal segment of an open-link system (Zheng et al., 2007). Although PDS primarily is associated with mechanical advantage when the speed requirement is high, this temporal order has also been found and ascribed various merits in relatively slow multi-joint movements (Furuya & Kinoshita, 2007). However, no research to date has examined the sequencing pattern in partial golf shots to submaximal distances. The purpose here was to investigate whether PDS is a common characteristic also in partial swing shots of skilled golf players. METHODS: A total of 47 golfers were investigated, 11 male tournament professionals, 23 male amateurs (HCP 0 ± 2 strokes), and 13 female amateurs (HCP -2 ± 2 strokes) performed partial shots with a wedge to targets at three discrete distances (40, 55 and 70 m), and full-swing shots with a five iron as well as a driver in the same direction for maximal distance. Pelvis, upper torso, and hand movement were recorded in 3D with an electromagnetic tracking system (Polhemus) at 240 Hz. The magnitude of the resultant angular velocity vector of each segment was used to examine the sequencing pattern and the angular speed of segment motions. Movement onset, peak amplitude and time for peak amplitude were analyzed in separate repeated-measure ANOVAs with pre-planned Bonferroni corrected pairwise comparisons.

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Sport and Fitness Sciences Applied Mechanics
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-87005OAI: diva2:501292
ISBS 27th International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports. Limerick, Ireland. August 17 – 21, 2009
QC 20120426Available from: 2012-02-14 Created: 2012-02-14 Last updated: 2012-04-26Bibliographically approved

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