Swing anal­y­sis

This months sub­ject is for­mer New Zealand crick­eter turned TV pre­sen­ter and very keen 3 hand­i­cap golfer Mark Richard­son.

New Zealand Golf Magazine - - PGA OF NZ -

Mark seems in rea­son­ably good

phys­i­cal shape and other than be­ing a lit­tle stiff he does not have any cur­rent phys­i­cal in­juries or body is­sues that ef­fect his golf. Equip­ment used in as­sist­ing with this swing anal­y­sis in­clude the K Vest 3D 4 sen­sor sys­tem and FlightS­cope Xi Tour launch mon­i­tor.


Mark's swing is very con­sis­tent and there is a lot to be happy about. He has a num­ber of very good per­for­mance char­ac­ter­is­tics in­clud­ing the pro­duc­tion of the same swing speed as the av­er­age PGA Tour player with a 6 iron. Mark's is­sues are more about tim­ing the swing bet­ter in or­der to im­prove his ac­cu­racy. You can see from the down range view of the shots cap­tured he hit a few shots that curved to the right of the target. In his pos­ture Mark has a slight curve in his back and a wide stance which sets his bal­ance a lit­tle on his right side. From here he swings the club back and whilst the club looks good vis­ually the plane of his shoul­der turn rel­a­tive to his hip turn is a lit­tle flat. This means that he is turn­ing very much around his front leg ver­sus into his back hip pocket, even though he has a de­cent amount of lower body turn. In the down­swing, this makes his lower body get ahead of the ball and his up­per body a lit­tle be­hind the ball, and this is very no­tice­able when we look at the 3D an­i­ma­tion shots of his swing and the re­sul­tant shape change he ex­hibits from setup to im­pact. This move­ment gets the club a lit­tle trapped and

low be­hind his body and re­sults in him turn­ing the face over a lit­tle bit re­sult­ing in the shots curv­ing to the right. In crick­et­ing terms through im­pact the club is trav­el­ling out in be­tween cover and mid-off!


For Mark to de­velop a more ef­fi­cient swing, an in­di­vid­u­alised pro­gramme made up of a num­ber of ses­sions would in­clude

-Get­ting his spine shape more nat­u­ral to im­prove his bal­ance

-Tidy­ing up his stance width and tak­ing some ten­sion out of his arms and shoul­ders

-Us­ing the K Vest 3D sys­tem, biofeed­back (move­ment) train­ing on get­ting him a "feel" of how the up­per body needs to work on the back swing so as to get the club more in front of his body on the down­swing.

The above will be a good start in giv­ing Mark an im­proved sense of "feel" of the move­ment so as to im­prove the con­sis­tency of his direc­tional con­trol.

If you would like to see how your body's move­ment and phys­i­cal lim­i­ta­tions ef­fect your swing then sim­ply con­tact me and men­tion this ar­ti­cle for a spe­cial of­fer on a 'Body for Golf" coach­ing pro­gramme. This pro­gramme will pro­vide you with a com­pre­hen­sive un­der­stand­ing of the 'cause and ef­fect' re­la­tion­ships of your shot out­comes, and a path­way go­ing for­ward on how to cre­ate a more ef­fi­cient and in­jury free swing, by quan­ti­fy­ing your swing in 3D.







3D AN­I­MA­TION: Setup / Top of Back­swing / Im­pact.

Down­range Ball Flight View.

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