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Title: Major inter-segment kinematics of low-handicap female golfers during the golf drive
Author: Brown, Susan J.
Awarding Body: University of Ulster
Current Institution: Ulster University
Date of Award: 2012
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Previous studies on the kinematics of the golf swing have mainly focussed on male golfers involving players of a wide ability range and have yielded some common findings, but there remains ambiguity within the golfing literature. The main aims of this thesis were therefore to consider methodological differences, upper body kinematics of female golfers, and segment variability to determine the effect on performance. All studies utilised a 12 camera three-dimensional motion capture system and launch monitor and investigated drive swings. Study one involved 9 male and 11 female category one golfers, study two involved 16 female category one golfers and study three was conducted using 14 sub 10 handicap female golfers. Pelvis and thorax segment data were collected for all studies. Study one also involved the analysis of upper arm motion as well as analysis of different methods for defining and calculating segment motion and indicated significant differences (p<0.05) for events and for time series data during the swing when comparing the three different analysis methods used. Study two used ANCOVA analysis which identified 3 covariates as determinants of the variance in club head speed (adjusted r2=0.965, p<0.05). A significant correlation was also found (r=0.54, p<0.05) between left hand grip strength and club head speed, between handicap and club head speed (r= -0.612, p<0.05) and between flexibility and club head speed (clockwise, r=0.522, p<0.05 and counter clockwise, r=0.711, p<0.01). Study three findings suggest that the pelvis and thorax segments and their interaction play a role in driving distance, but no significant role in accuracy as determined by side distance from the target. The results indicate that there is no common driver swing technique for optimal performance in low handicap female golfers. Furthermore, the role of the pelvis and thorax appears to be most predominantly related to generating ball speed as opposed to being influential in accuracy.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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