New Golf Performance Research

More and more research is being done specifically looking at how to improve golf performance. I want to briefly discuss one that was published this year regarding the correlation between physical conditioning and golf performance.

The study was published in the May issue of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. The authors Greg Wells, Maryam Elmi and Scott Thomas titled the research the Physiological Correlates of Golf.

The subjects tested were 9 women and 15 men, all memebers of the Canadian National Golf Team. The physiological characteristics tested were balance, flexibility, core strength, peripheral strength, power, and cardiovascular function. The golf performance factors were ball speed and ball distance using both a driver and a 5-iron. As wells as statistical performance during tournaments. These were mean score, mean number of greens reached in regulation, average putt distance after a chip shot and sand shot, and the number of putts per round.

It is not feasible to describe how each physiological characteristic was tested but there were clear results demonstrating the importance of physical training for golf performance.

One of these results was that women golfers with greater dominant side abdominal strength had longer drives. Additionally core strength and stability in both men and women was found to be important with short game effectiveness. In terms of flexibility, a positive correlation was found between sit and reach flexibility and scoring average. Good balance was found to improve the execution of shots from the fairway and rough as a golfer is approaching the green. It was also found that leg power, upper body strength and arm strength, were all correlated to driving distance and total score.

This study clearly shows the benefits of physical training and conditioning as it relates to golf shot distance and specific performance statistics. It also shows different trends between men and women golfers which indicates the need for sex specific training.

For those of you with an interest in research I suggest you take a look at this study in more detail. It is posted on my website under resources and published research.

Best of luck in you training!

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This post was written by Mark Tolle on August 5, 2009

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Research Continues To Prove The Benefits Of Fitness

I am always interested in research related to golf and fitness. A more recent study conducted a comparison of fitness components between 2 levels of players. Players with a low handicap index between 0-9 and those with higher handicaps of 10-20. The researches specifically looked at strength and flexibility in the torso, shoulders & hips, as well as single-leg balance.

Each of these fitness components are considered important for improving both distance and accuracy in your golf shots. Check out the study here on my resources page.

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This post was written by Mark Tolle on November 21, 2008

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