What do the Kinematic Sequence & Swing Efficiency have to do with a lower handicap?

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Are you as flexible and athletic as Dustin Johnson?  Can your hips rotate and stabilize as fast as Rory Mcllroy or do you have as much power as Tiger Woods? All of us have watched videos of our favorite tour player, analyzed their every move, and spent countless hours trying to duplicate their perfect swing.  But could you actually be delaying results in lowering your handicap by trying to mimic a swing that is impossible to reproduce based on your own body mechanics and athletic build?

If you want to make improvements in your swing, you must understand that the golf swing is dynamic and unique to each individual.  There are many different swing styles on the PGA Tour, but what is the common component of an efficient swing behind a successful 300 yard drive?  Biomechanic Researchers discovered that efficient golfers generate and transfer power throughout their body in a specific order, called the Kinematic Sequence.

Devin demonstrating his swingThe premise of the kinematic sequence is that power is generated from the pelvis and transferred through the body to the torso, then to the arms and ultimately to the hands and club head. If any part of the sequence is out of order, power is lost and swing faults can creep in to your swing. Examples of common swing faults include early extension or casting to make contact. Over compensating in areas of your swing will not result in an efficient swing and won’t lower your handicap.  It is critical that your pelvis is positioned correctly in the first stage of the Kinematic Sequence to allow the body to follow in the proper sequence creating power and results.

While it can be counterproductive to mimic other golfer’s swings, it’s also difficult to develop your game if you’re working on your grip before the foundation of your swing has not been addressed.  Determining whether your pelvis has the mobility and strength to rotate through the swing and create power is essential to building your game.

Golf MTRx™ is designed to measure a golfer’s pelvis rotation, the initial critical stage of the Kinematic Sequence.  Understanding the proper movement of your pelvis and own swing sequence can lead to a clear picture of not just what your body needs to do, but what it is capable of doing. Swing styles vary, but ensuring your muscles are firing in the correct order is the key to finding your best swing and lowest handicap.

Golf MTRx will help you maximize your practice routine because it will provide you with measurable data and personalized feedback not available through video. The app has an unique feature that will allow you to set baseline swings and tag favorites so that you can track your improvement. The MTRx score provides a tool to help you focus on the foundation of your swing through prescribed drills to improve power, accuracy and consistency.

For more information about biomechanics and the golf swing, Dave Phillips, Co-Founder of the Titleist Performance Institute, has written an in-depth article detailing the Kinematic Sequence (PDF).

By |December 31st, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|