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Acute effects of different warm-up protocols on highly skilled golfers’ drive performance

Langdown, Ben L.; Wells, Jack E.T.; Graham, Sean and Bridge, Matt W. (2019). Acute effects of different warm-up protocols on highly skilled golfers’ drive performance. Journal of Sports Sciences, 37(6) pp. 656–664.

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Abstract

Previous research has highlighted the positive effect that different warm-up protocols have on golf performance (e.g. Sorbie et al., 2016; Tilley & MacFarlane, 2012) with the design of warm-ups and programmes targeting and improving golf performance through the activation and development of specific muscle groups. This study aimed to examine the acute effects of two warm-up protocols on golf drive performance in comparison to a control condition. Using a randomised counter-balanced design over three testing sessions, twenty-three highly skilled golfers completed the control, dynamic and resistance-band warm-up conditions. Following each condition, a GC2 launch monitor was used to record ball velocity and other launch parameters of ten shots hit with the participants own driver. A repeated-measures ANOVA found significant increases in ball velocity (ηp² = .217) between the control and both the dynamic and resistance-band warm-up conditions but no difference between these latter two, and a reduction in launch angle between control and dynamic conditions. The use of either a dynamic stretching or resistance-band warm-up can have acute benefits on ball velocity but golfers should liaise with a PGA Professional golf coach to effectively integrate this into their golf driving performance.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 1466-447X
Keywords: golf swing; golf ball velocity; resistance; exercise; dynamic stretching
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport > Childhood, Youth and Sport > Sport & Fitness
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport > Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Childhood Youth and Sport Group (CYSG)
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Item ID: 56499
Depositing User: Ben Langdown
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2018 15:29
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2019 10:00
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/56499
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