AN EVALUATION OF THE KINEMATICS OF PUTTING TO ASSIST IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF FEEDBACK MECHANISM

  • Keith Fitzpatrick
  • Ross Anderson
Keywords: golf, putting ability, kinematics

Abstract

To develop a meaningful feedback mechanism it is essential to establish what elements of the motor skill require feedback and establish if differing levels of ability require feedback on the similar elements of the putting stroke. Volunteers (n=33) were grouped according to their putting ability. A kinematic analysis (200Hz) of each volunteers putting stroke was undertaken and this data was compared to the final resting position of the ball. Results demonstrated that yaw angle is an integral component of putting accuracy for all levels of golfers while club head velocity in the direction of the putt is vital for distance control. To ensure the appropriate development of a putting feedback mechanism the putting ability of the golfer must be known, to ensure that the specific feedback been given is suitable to the golfers needs.
Published
2007-12-10