Physical Characteristics Of Youth Elite Golfers And Their Relationship With Driver Clubhead Speed

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Abstract

Increased clubhead speed (CHS) has a strong relationship with golf performance and is related to athletic qualities in adult golfers. Research investigating the youth golfer is limited. The purpose of this study was to explore the relationships between strength and power on CHS in youth golfers. A correlational design was used to assess relationships between CHS and anthropometric, strength and power measurements. 36 male and 33 female golfers aged 13-17 took part in this study. Male golfers showed significant relationships between CHS and handicap (HCP) (r=-0.50), seated medicine ball throw to the left (SMBTL) (r=0.67), and right (SMBTR) (r=0.61), rotational medicine ball throw to the left (RMBTL) (r=0.71), and right RMBTR (r=0.62). Female golfers showed significant relationships between CHS and HCP (r=-0.52), mass (r=0.72), countermovement jump (CMJ) power (r=0.60), RMBTL (r=0.57), RMBTR (r=0.56). Multiple stepwise linear regression analysis identified 77% of the variance in CHS could be explained through SMBTL and RMBTL in males. In females 84% of the variance in CHS could be explained through mass, RMBTR and height. This study demonstrated relationships between CHS and body mass and upper, lower and full body concentric dominant power exercises. This study could aid in the development of training interventions for youth golfers.

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