Physical and Technical Development– the Foundation of Effective
Long Term Player Development
It has always been my belief that swing patterns look the way they do because of the player’s concept of how they should swing (in their mind) and how their biomechanics allow them to move (body).
It is also my belief that there are certain corridors for effective swing techniques that are typical of the world’s best players. As a consequence to this, associations to certain swing faults and tendencies can have physical correlations.
If students have the inability to change or make specific swing patterns could we propose it’s because of their inability to physically do it? This may be due to a lack of body awareness, poor co‐ordination and control of body segments, decreased range of motion and flexibility or basic specific strength. In some cases, it could be a combination of a number of these issues.
‘Physical and Technical Development– the Foundation of Effective Long Term Player Development’
From a coaching standpoint I have the ability to diagnose possible physical limitations, perform screening sessions and physical competency tests and advise on basic preventions and interventions. Being a qualified Personal Trainer I also have the ability to set and design physical and fitness programmes. Through Cranfield Golf Academy we have a professional support team to assist in physiotherapy and biomechanics.
This physical approach is valid for all students who have as their goal the long term improvement and, ultimately, maintenance of their physical ability – irrespective of their developmental age or handicap.
I have a great working relationship with ‘Total Golf Analysis’ who provide me with a consulting service using the latest 3D biomechanics equipment.
The 3D technology delivered through ‘Golf BioDynamics’ offers expert, interceptive, real-time biomechanical reporting on body motions during the golf swing. The information gathered through this tool is converted into accurate analysis of movement pattern and highlights which areas of body motion need to be maintained or improved.