Science and Golf II: Proceedings of the 1994 World Scientific Congress of Golf

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Common pre-swing and in-swing tendencies of amateur golfers

E. Alpenfels

Pinehurst Resort and Country Club, Pinehurst, USA

Abstract

This paper will offer an insight into the five most common swing errors recorded of students attending an instructional program for adult amateur golfers. Charts are used to demonstrate the different handicap levels and the most common swing errors along with pictures demonstrating the correct and incorrect swing motion.

Keywords: Posture, Shoulder Turn, Stretch and Rotation, Start to the Backswing, Stable Lower Body, Swing Plane.


1 Common Tendencies of Amateur Golfers

In this eight month study, handicap levels among the golfers varied from beginners in the game of golf to scratch handicap level. To learn more about the swing tendencies of the different levels of play, each of the 945 students (625 males and 320 females) were asked their current handicap level. They were observed hitting full swing shots and then they were video taped. Both the student and instructor then viewed the video tape and determined the swing errors being made and their effect on the pre-set criteria of performance which consisted of: (1) the club traveling on the individual's swing plane, and (2) an effective turn of the body. Records were kept, noting the swing changes that when accomplished would allow the student to fit these criteria of performance. Early analysis of the two to three swing changes needed enabled each student to focus on the major problem areas and learn how the overall swing shape was effected by his or her initial swing errors. Such a focus narrowed both instruction and practice to meet the individual needs of the student. Throughout the process both student and instructor evaluated the changes made to the swing as to their effect on the criteria of performance. Upon completion of the program the student and the instructor re-evaluated the areas addressed and settled upon the two to three most important swing changes to designed to help the student fit the criteria of performance.

Science and Golf II: Proceedings of the World Scientific Congress of Golf. Edited by A.J. Cochran and M.R. Farrally. Published in 1994 by E & FN Spon, London. ISBN 0 419 18790 1

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