And as a result we can then devise training programmes that enable a golfer to focus on improving in those areas that are holding him back.
Essentially, the series of articles that I am going to present in Gi is focused on how the mechanics of the club can be optimised by the natural and simple mechanic of the body.
through the university I was introduced to the work of Dr Gideon Ariel in the US, a former olympic athlete and a true pioneer in the study of applied biomechanics – Ariel invented the first computerised system to accurately measure an athletes’ movement according to Newton’s laws of motion.
The muscular chain starts through the feet and every single part of the body is connected.
What you do at the set up is designed to help you access the centre of gravity in your golf swing – and to remain on that track, synchronising the movement of the arms with the body.
In the course of our research, I have been able to use my skills in the area of human physiology to answer certain questions about the body in motion which have helped David to identify certain elements in the swing that characterise the modern blueprint.
It all boils down to understanding ‘dynamic balance’ and synchronising the movement of the club with the body to maintain that balance from start to finish – the principles of which I am now going to share with you.
One of the most important areas we keep coming back to is the dynamic of the set-up position, and, specifically, the feelings associated with an athletic ‘ready’ posture.
One of the most common set-up faults that we see in the players we work with here at the Albatros Performance Centre is a tendency to position too much weight on the front of the feet at the set-up, which upsets the centre of gravity and has a negative influence on the coordination of the arms and the body during the swing.
Before we go any further, let me introduce our student, Morgan Mason, son of the legendary British screen actor James and a 4-handicap founder member here at Terre Blanche.
By any standards, Morgan is pretty fit and flexible for a guy in his mid 50s, and in the time we have been working together his understanding of biomechanics has enabled him to improve his golf year on year.
Through the repetition of this drill, Morgan has grooved the first move in his backswing to the point where it becomes automatic – laying the foundation for the core to rotate and compress correctly as he continues to turn his upper body against the hips.