The Biome­chan­i­cal Ap­proach

Ryan Lums­den, the renowned biomech­a­nist who is rec­og­nized in­ter­na­tion­ally as the lead­ing au­thor­ity in 3-D biome­chan­i­cal mea­sure­ment and the prac­ti­cal ap­pli­ca­tion of col­lected data. Jon Wal­let, HKGA Golf De­vel­op­ment Di­rec­tor, talks to him while they were h

HK Golfer - - Around The Hkga - Ryan Lums­den in­ter­prets biome­chan­i­cal data with Chloe Chan

Jon Wal­let: How im­por­tant is to ‘quan­tify your game’ for ju­nior golfers to ex­cel?

Ryan Lums­den: Mea­sure­ment of all as­pects of a de­vel­op­ing play­ers’ game is es­sen­tial. With all the as­sess­ment tools and tech­nol­ogy now avail­able, the cur­rent gen­er­a­tion of ju­niors expect you to pro­vide ev­i­dence-based in­for­ma­tion in re­la­tion to their game. If you can­not show them how they are im­prov­ing or help them un­der­stand how the work you set is go­ing to im­prove per­for­mance they are not in­spired to do the work.

JW: How do you uti­lize and in­ter­pret biome­chan­i­cal in­for­ma­tion to help ju­nior golfers to es­tab­lish tech­ni­cal pri­or­i­ties?

RL: The in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the data is the key over the past 15 years I’ve an­a­lysed thou­sands of elite play­ers. Through this ex­pe­ri­ence, I have learned a lot from these play­ers but you also start to see the pat­terns and cor­re­la­tions be­tween cer­tain move­ments and shot out­comes. Ap­ply­ing this knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence helps us to pri­ori­tise the key things they should fo­cus on, which more of­ten than

not in­flu­ences the things they have been try­ing to achieve but in a sim­pler way as they are fo­cus­ing on causes rather than ef­fects.

JW: What is the role of biome­chanic plays in the de­vel­op­ment path from tal­ented ju­nior to tour player to tour event win­ner? Any ex­am­ple?

RL: I’ve been for­tu­nate to be part of the team with a num­ber of play­ers through their jour­ney from ju­nior to tour win­ner, a num­ber of whom be­came world No. 1 am­a­teurs. Ex­am­ples would be work­ing with Min­jee Lee from when she was 13, and Thomas Pi­eters through the VVG Pro­gram, and Ly­dia Ko through NZ Golf. Ef­fec­tively regular screen­ings, skills test­ing and biofeed­back be­comes an es­sen­tial part of keep­ing play­ers and their coaches on track with their phys­i­cal and tech­ni­cal de­vel­op­ment so they are ‘ready’ when they reach Tour level. I be­lieve that this is a ‘must-have’ in a cut­ting-edge Player De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram and with­out it a Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion is putting their play­ers at a dis­ad­van­tage when they come to com­pete in­ter­na­tion­ally.

JW: You have worked with Na­tional Teams in­clud­ing Aus­tralia, Scot­land, Eng­land, Nor­way, Switzer­land and New Zealand. What is your gen­eral opinion on HK Team golfers? Do you think they have any com­pet­i­tive edge over other na­tional play­ers?

RL: One of the main things is how any in­for­ma­tion I pro­vide at camps is fol­lowed up and re­in­forced and I have worked with many of Jon’s Elite play­ers and Tour play­ers over the last 10 years, so hav­ing a good re­la­tion­ship with him was im­por­tant and he said this could be a great project as there is sev­eral tal­ented young play­ers in HK. And he was right – there are def­i­nitely some good play­ers and with the right in­put, struc­ture, and foun­da­tion work, HK could re­ally en­joy some strong suc­cess over the next decade.

JW: How do you fore­see the use of 3D tech­nol­ogy with HK play­ers and Teams in the fu­ture?

RL: We are look­ing to have 2 day camps pe­ri­od­i­cally - from 2 to 4 times per year. For this to have any long term en­dur­ing suc­cess it re­quires a con­sis­tent pro­gram over a num­ber of years. This will al­low Jon and I to cre­ate a blue­print for each in­di­vid­ual player and then we in­vite all lo­cal coaches to at­tend the ses­sions and they can then re­in­force the work done in-be­tween these camps.

JW: How does biome­chan­ics help to pre­vent elite golfers’ in­creas­ing num­ber of in­juries?

RL: Es­sen­tially, we are get­ting more play­ers spe­cial­is­ing in golf at an ear­lier age, of­ten with equip­ment that is in­ap­pro­pri­ate for them and be­fore their bod­ies are ready to cope with the num­ber of rep­e­ti­tions they are mak­ing. Thus, we are deal­ing with far more in­juries at an ear­lier stage in their ‘ca­reers’ (par­tic­u­larly wrist in­juries). Through biome­chan­i­cal anal­y­sis, we can iden­tify and ‘red flag’ the move­ments be­ing made that put stress on cer­tain ar­eas of the body, and whilst al­ways try­ing to cor­rect any swing move­ments and in­te­grat­ing ap­pro­pri­ately with their phys­i­cal pro­grams, ‘load man­age­ment’ (balls hit) is al­ways go­ing to be key to re­duc­ing in­jury risk with de­vel­op­ing play­ers.

Biome­chan­i­cal anal­y­sis al­lows us to cor­re­late the phys­i­ol­ogy of a player to how they swing. We can then pre­scribe gym ex­er­cises that re­duce the risk of in­jury, as well as cor­rect any swing move­ments that are putting ex­ces­sive stress on joints or other parts of the body.

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