STRENGTH, BALANCE, AND FLEXIBILITY CHARACTERISTICS OF GOLFERS OF A VARIETY OF HANDICAPS

  • Terence Moriarty
  • Ian C. Kenny
Keywords: golf, ball-launch characteristics, conditioning, driving, training

Abstract

This research aimed to examine golf drive performance measures and physical performance variables of balance, strength and flexibility, for a wide range of golfing handicap levels. A total of 26 healthy right-handed golfers volunteered to participate in this study (M=17, F=9, 18-50 years, 0-36 handicap). Testing included an assessment of strength (hand grip strength test), balance (3 point star balance test), flexibility (sit and reach and shoulder reach flexibility), and indoor drive shot ball launch characteristics (high speed ball launch monitor). Golfers in the low handicap group had significantly (p?0.05) greater balance, strength, left shoulder flexibility, and better shot performnce than high handicap golfers. This research presents a rationale for the inclusion of strength, balance and flexibility conditioning in golf training programs.
Published
2014-10-07
Section
Coaching and Sports Activities