The Effects of Warm-Up Stretching in the Golf Swing                   

C O N C L U S I O N S

The primary goal of this study was to investigate the effects of stretching as warm-up on the biomechanics skills and power production during the golf swing. Based on the analysis of the results presented in this study, stretching was found to be an effective way to enhance the body's ability to generate power and coordinate body segments during the golf swing.

The secondary goal of this study was to compare static stretching to 'machine assisted' passive stretching (performed on a BackSystem3) as an effective means of power generation enhancements during the golf swing. Based on the analysis of the results presented in this study, 'machine assisted' passive stretching was found to be more effective in enhancing biomechanics skills and power generation.

The results of this study are just the beginning of the investigative process. More in-depth study needs to be done on the more intricate nature of the biomechanics skills of the kinetic linking process of the golf swing. It should be noted that the golf population used for this study was extremely inconsistent in performing golf swing biomechanics. The erratic nature of the population can be seen in the very high standard deviations across the population for each of the parameters. The high standard deviations do make it more difficult to assess trends in the data. This study suggests the need to perform the same study with a more elite population that can perform the golf swing with more consistency. This will allow for comparison to the findings of the current study.

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