The Effects of Vertically Oriented Resistance Training on Golf Drive Performance in Collegiate Golfers
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 two resistance training sessions per week for 10 weeks during the fall tournament season. Pre- and post-training assessments of strength-power and golf performance were compared. To assess strength-power, jump height, peak force, and peak power were measured from static and countermovement vertical jumps; peak force and rate of force development from 0 to 250 ms were measured from an isometric mid-thigh pull. Golf performance was assessed in terms of ball launch speed, spin rate, carry yardage, and total yardage, averaged from five shots using a driver. Following training, all measures of strength-power improved, with countermovement jump peak power improving significantly (p < 0.00625). The golf performance assessment indicated significant increases (p < 0.0125) in ball speed, carry yardage, and total yardage. These results suggest that vertically oriented resistance training can improve golf driving performance.
Driggers, Austin R.; and Sato, Kimitake. 2018. The Effects of Vertically Oriented Resistance Training on Golf Drive Performance in Collegiate Golfers. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching. Vol.13(4). 598-606. https://doi.org/10.1177/1747954117743374 ISSN: 1747-9541