Although the swing plane has been a popular area of golf biomechanics research, the movement of the club relative to the swing plane has yet to be shown experimentally to have a relationship with performance. This study used principal component and subsequent multiple regression analysis to investigate the relationship between the movement of the club relative to the delivery plane and clubhead characteristics at ball impact. The principal components generally reflected deviations from an individual swing plane, and lower values of these were associated generally with less variability in the club face impact location. Given a situation in which a golf coach wishes to improve the precision of ball striking, the results from this study suggest that both simplicity of the route and alignment of the club to the final trajectory before impact could be a course of action. However, this does not to suggest technique should be based on a ‘model’ swing plane.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part P: Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology|
|Early online date||19 Jan 2018|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2018|
- Motion analysis
- golf swing
Morrison, A., McGrath, D., & Wallace, E. (2018). Analysis of the delivery plane in the golf swing using principal components. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part P: Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology, 232(4), 295-304. https://doi.org/10.1177/1754337117751729