How Well Does Your Body Move through the Golf Swing?

The golf swing is a complex movement that involves proper sequencing and timing of the body in order to hit the ball as far, and accurately, as possible. The best players in the world do this well and consistently. However, every one of their swings looks different. With such a variety of swing styles, how do you know which is best? Whose swing should you model? If a swing looks unconventional, is that a problem?

With the development of 3-D real-time motion capture, professionals are now provided with valuable and accurate information about what is happening throughout the entire swing.

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The goal for ball striking is the achieve maximum distance with accuracy. In order to deliver a consistent drive, two things must come together at impact: club head speed and quality of ball contact. The ability to produce high club head speeds at impact can be through a greater muscular force applied, an increase in rotary power, and the sequencing/timing of certain body parts.

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During the downswing (top of backswing to impact), all body segments must accelerate and decelerate in the proper sequence BEFORE impact. Ideally, the pelvis will go first, then torso, arms, and finally the club. The motion MUST occur in this kinematic sequence with each peak speed being higher and later than the previous one. One segment thus gives the next a push to create a coiling effect of the upper body and club on a relatively stable lower body.

When the kinematic sequence is found to be inefficient, we must determine if the cause is due to physical deficits. For example, if you’re lacking mobility in the torso and/or hips, this can lead to poor sequencing and lack of X-factor. A golfer’s inability to dissociate their lower body from upper body during the downswing can limit X-factor (core stretch), causing a poor transition sequence which lacks power and club head speed. A downswing that shows the arms peaking before the pelvis and torso means that there is a disproportionate amount of strength/power in the upper body relative to lower body.

It is important to evaluate the golfer physically to determine deficits in mobility/stability. Addressing these deficits is crucial to achieve an efficient kinematic sequence. At Par4Success, all clients undergo a comprehensive physical assessment which includes:

  • 3-D biomechanical swing assessment with the K-VEST and FlightScope technologies so we have a blueprint of your swing, AND
  • Golf specific flexibility, balance, power, and mobility testing so we know what you need to perform better on the course

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After your physical assessment, you can sign up for small group classes (both juniors and adults) OR an individualized program performed in-house or at home. No matter what your goals or deficits are, we have a program waiting for you that incorporates mobility and building upon both strength and power for swing transfer on the course.

 

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"I am 66 years old and was referred to Chris after decades long back issues that were worsening. In three months time, Chris, through “hands on” physical therapy and a complete redirection of my exercise regimen, has rid me of these nagging back problems. Most importantly, now working with Greg, I am gaining substantially improved mobility, stability, and balance through a progression of “golf centric” training exercises. Working with our Director of Golf here at Governors Club, I am “relearning” how to properly swing the golf club with my improving physical capabilities. The integration of the separate processes happens through Chris’ communication with my “swing instructor” and completes the path to improvement in my golf game. My current golf handicap index is 2.7, and I am confident it will be lowered as a result of working with Chris’ team at Par 4 Success."

John Mitchell, Governors Clubs