This months subject is former New Zealand cricketer turned TV presenter and very keen 3 handicap golfer Mark Richardson.
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.
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3D ANIMATION: Setup / Top of Backswing / Impact.
Downrange Ball Flight View.