Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)


Kinesiology and Sport Studies

Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Kimitake Sato

Committee Members

Brad H. DeWeese, Michael W. Ramsey


The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of vertically-oriented resistance training on golf driving performance. Ten Division-I collegiate golfers completed 2 resistance training sessions per week for 10 weeks during the fall tournament season. Pre- and posttraining assessments of strength-power and golf performance were compared. To assess strength-power, jump height, peak force, and peak power (PP) were measured from static and countermovement (CMJ) vertical jumps; peak force and rate of force development from 0-250 ms were measured from an isometric mid-thigh pull. Golf performance was assessed in terms of ball launch speed (BS), spin rate, carry yardage (CY), and total yardage (TY), averaged from 5 shots using a driver. Following training, all measures of strength-power improved, with CMJ PP improving significantly (p<0.00625). The golf performance assessment indicated significant increases (p<0.0125) in BS, CY, and TY. These results suggest that vertically-oriented resistance training can improve golf driving performance.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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