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Taxonomy of golf putting: Do different golf putting techniques exist?
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PMID:  23362806     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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Abstract This study is a preliminary investigation into the use of cluster analysis to determine if different putting techniques existed in a group of club level golfers. Putting at a hole 4 m away, the performances of 34 experienced golfers (age 55.3 ± 17.8 years and handicap 15.3 ± 6.9, range 3-27) were analysed using putter head kinematic and centre of pressure data. Two distinct putting techniques were identified (named as Arm putting and Body putting), this being the first time different putting techniques have been reported in the research literature. These techniques were defined by parameters related solely to movement of the centre of pressure along the line of the putt. Some players (17 of 34) moved between techniques when performing their putting trials. Neither technique produced more accurate putt results (P = 0.783). Putting technique was further analysed after grouping players according to handicap (similar skill level) or accuracy (similar putting performance). The lack of significant findings when players were re-analysed according to handicap or accuracy highlights the importance of the correct methodological approach to detecting technique differences.
Authors:
Patrick McLaughlin; Russell Best
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-30
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of sports sciences     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1466-447X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Sports Sci     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-1-31     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8405364     Medline TA:  J Sports Sci     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
a Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living, Victoria University , Melbourne , Australia.
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