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An investigation into the relationship of flexibility, power, and strength to club head speed in male golfers.
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PMID:  19620901     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship of flexibility, power, and strength to club head speed (CHS) in male golfers. Fifteen golfers (mean age +/- SD: 34.3 +/- 13.6 years) with a handicap of </=8 volunteered for the study. Following a standardized warm-up, subjects proceeded to hit 5 wiffle golf balls with a 5 iron while their CHS was measured. Rotational trunk flexibility was measured on a trunk rotator machine. An index of total body rotational power was measured through a hip toss with a 3-kg medicine ball while an 8-repetition maximum (RM) on a pec deck machine was used to measure chest strength. Pearson correlations were used to assess the magnitude of the relationships between CHS and the measures of flexibility, power, and strength. Partial correlations were then run to assess the effect of handicap on the observed relationships. The only variables that were significantly correlated to CHS were chest strength (r = 0.69, p < 0.05) and total body rotational power (r = 0.54, p < 0.05). These relationships were unchanged when the effect of handicap was controlled for. The results of this study show that strength of the chest in the pec deck motion and total body rotational power significantly correlate with CHS in male golfers. This information can be used by practitioners to develop training programs and field tests for golfers.
Bradley S Gordon; Gavin L Moir; Shala E Davis; Chad A Witmer; Donald M Cummings
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of strength and conditioning research / National Strength & Conditioning Association     Volume:  23     ISSN:  1533-4287     ISO Abbreviation:  J Strength Cond Res     Publication Date:  2009 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-08-05     Completed Date:  2009-11-02     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9415084     Medline TA:  J Strength Cond Res     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1606-10     Citation Subset:  IM    
Exercise Science Department, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania 18301, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Abdomen / physiology
Golf / physiology*
Muscle Strength / physiology*
Sports Equipment*
Thorax / physiology

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