Age, centre of pressure and clubhead speed in golf

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Brown, David L, Best, Russell, Ball, Kevin and Dowlan, S (2002) Age, centre of pressure and clubhead speed in golf. In: Science and golf IV: proceedings of the World Scientific Congress of Golf. Thain, Eric, ed. Routledge, London, pp. 28-34.


Golf is enjoyed by people of all ages. The ability to hit the ball long distances generally declines with age. This study examines how age affects the ability of 40 recreational golfers (age 20 to 59 years) to generate maximum clubhead speed. The study also investigates how centre of pressure (CP) movement in the golf swing contributes to maximum cluhead speed. The results show that golfers between ages of 20 to 39 years produce the fastest clubhead speeds. The range of CP movement between the feet, maximum displacement of the CP on the front foot (medial/lateral movement) and the maximum CP velocity all correlate with a faster clubhead speed. These factors were also correlated with age, indicating an increase in age leads to a decreases in each of the CP parameters, which in turn correlates with the a decrease in clubhead speed.

Item type Book Section
ISBN 0415283027, 9780415283021
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 320000 Medical and Health Sciences
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Ageing, Rehabilitation, Exercise & Sport Science (CARES)
Keywords golf, age, clubhead speed, centre of pressure
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