Many golf swing analyses use club or ball speed to indicate performance, although these are difficult to obtain using motion capture. This study examined the relationship between hand speed and club head and ball speeds to examine if hand can indicate performance and if different capturing frequencies affect these relationships. A 10-camera Vicon system recorded golfers performing eight golf swings (500 Hz n=11, 100 Hz n=15). A TrackMan system recorded club head and ball speed. The resultant hand speed was calculated at peak velocity, the lowest position of the hands, and at ball impact. Hand speed at ball impact and club head speed had the strongest relationship (r=0.501, p<0.001), though most correlations were r<0.400. Higher capturing frequency had better relationships with the performance outcomes, and the ball impact was the best time point for analysis.
New Investigator Award
Severin, Anna C.; Tackett, Stewart A.; Simpson, Hannah E.; Barnes, Lowry C.; and Mannen, Erin M.
"DOES HAND SPEED RELATE TO CLUB HEAD SPEED OR BALL SPEED DURING A GOLF SWING?,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 37:
1, Article 24.
Available at: https://commons.nmu.edu/isbs/vol37/iss1/24