Concept and Method of Performance Enhancement for Golfers

  • Kazuyoshi Gamada
Keywords: conditioning, golf swing, range of motion, muscle function


A good golf swing must have a repeatable swing plane, a stable axis of rotation, and high velocity at the club head. It requires neuromuscular coordination to make a simple swing plane, while increasing angular velocity of the golf dub. Muscle strength is required to mobilize several joints create pelvic rotation (i.e. horizontal plane) while stabilizing other joints. Lack of sufficient joint range of motion causes compensatory movements, resulting in unstable swing plane andfor potential injuries. For example, it requires nearly 180 degrees of neck rotation during a golf swing, which most of amateur golfers do not have. Therefore, a conditioning strategy for golfers must be designed to improve range of motion, muscle function, and neuromuscular coordination.