We all know that golfer who has a very strange looking golf swing, but they frustratingly still get the job done.
But how do they do it?
Well, it is all to do with how they transfer energy to the golf ball – and this is called the Kinematic Sequence.
This seems very scientific for golf, but it is a very important part of the golf swing.
It is very obvious in golf that there’s more than one way to swing the golf club and, since the introduction of 3D data capture, we are able to look deeper into what the best players in the world do with their body that makes them so good.
The secret to great ball striking and producing power lies within the Kinematic Sequence.
Let’s take Bubba Watson and Rory McIlroy for example. Both have 2 very different styles but both are fantastic ball strikers with lots of speed.
One would say Bubba has a very unorthodox golf swing and McIlroy’s is “text book”.
So how do they do it?
Well 3D data capture has enabled us to see how the best players in the world transfer energy through their body to the golf ball and we have discovered is that the best ball strikers do the same thing.
We have discovered that there is a certain sequence of how they get the speed to the golf club. This is known as the Kinematic Sequence and research has shown that great ball strikers have the same Kinematic Sequence.
This means that, although Bubba and Rory’s golf swings look very different on the video camera, their Kinematic sequence would be the same. They start by initiating the down swing with the lower body (hips) to generate speed then pass it to the torso, the arms and then the golf club.
However, the style in which they do it looks very different.
Each body segment increases in speed before rapidly decreasing passing energy on to the next segment. Hips – torso – arms – club
There are a few factors that influence this, such as improper technique, physical limitations and equipment.
So, remember it is not all about how the golf swing looks but how efficient it is.