Neuromuscular Control Applications in Golf

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Neuromuscular Control Applications in Golf


Christopher A. Knight, University of Massachusetts--Amherst

During a golf swing the head of a golf club travels approximately 27 ft in less than 2s. The path of the club head and the precise orientation of the club face at the instant of impact determine the successful outcome of a shot. Proper decision making and consistent execution produce a successful score. Not only are the complexity and precision of the golf swing difficult to master but these challenges are compounded by the requirement to control the variability that exists in all aspects of human movement. The objective of this presentation is to review some components of the golf swing based on relevant research in motor control and learning in order to better understand why this movement is so complicated and how an individual might best learn a swing that is effective and reliable. Some landmark research on fundamental movement tasks such as the control of displacement or velocity at a single joint will be applied to relevant features of the golf swing. Variability in human movement will be examined as it pertains to aspects of the swing such as movement initiation, termination, and changes of direction. …

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