What 3-D Motion Capture Tells Us
  • Using data collected from 3D motion analysis systems, we can look at how you generate speed and transfer the speed or energy throughout your body. We have found the most efficient sequence of how a golfer gets this speed to the clubhead. We call this the “Kinematic Sequence”
  • The amazing thing is that all great ball strikers have a remarkably similar kinematic sequence of generating speed and transferring speed throughout their bodies. That means if you compare Phil Mickelson's kinematic sequence to Jon Rahm's kinematic sequence, it’s hard to show a difference.
  • That is a bold statement since there is an obvious difference on a video camera. All great ball strikers begin by generating speed from their lower body and transferring that speed through their torso into their arms and then into the club.
  • What style they use to complete this signature is completely unique to each player.
The key points to know about the kinematic sequence are the following
  1. There is an identical sequence of speed or energy initiation followed by an identical sequence of energy transfer for all great ball strikers. The sequence of energy initiation is:
    • lower body starts, thorax moves next, arms go third and the club starts last. Then the lower body decelerates first (red line on the graph), thorax second (green line), lead arm third (blue line), and the club shaft last (yellow line). This sequence occurs during the downswing.
  2. Each segment of the body builds on the previous segment, increasing speed up the chain. (Red is less than green, which is less than blue, which is less than yellow).
  3. Each segment of the chain slows down as the next segment continues to accelerate.
  4. The sequence is the key to repeatability and consistency (be it accurate or not).  Energy transfer or deceleration is the key to power.

Let's Look at a good kinematic sequences 

The Mark Of an Efficient Swing Is 3-D motion Capture
To the left is a good example of an efficient swing, This is similar to what Jon and Phil have.

You can see this example you see that the transitional section is in the correct order. 

  1. Red (Pelvis)
  2. Green (Thorax)
  3. Blue (Lead Arm)
  4. Yellow (Club)

You can also see that the peak speed peak out at the correct order.

  1. Red (Pelvis)
  2. Green (Thorax)
  3. Blue (Lead Arm)
  4. Yellow (Club)
This is an inefficient swing
This is from a 65-year-old male who had pain, mobility issues and had an extreme loss in distance over the last two years.

By looking at the graph you can see that his transition sequence is out of order. 

  1. Red line goes first (Pelvis)
  2. Green line goes second (Thorax)
  3. Yellow line goes third (Club)
  4. Blue line goes last (lead Arm)

You can also see that his peak sequence is out of order. They also never increase.

  1. Red line and the green line speed up and peak out at the same time. 
  2. The blue line actually continues to speed up after the ball was struck 

What this is showing is that when someone is in pain, has mobility issues, or both they can not generate the power that they want. 

This leads to frustration and loss of passion in the game. This was the case in this example

 

After Results
Result of getting out of pain, increased mobility, and sequencing

By combining chiropractic care and fitness he was able to get out of low back pain, increase mobility and stability. Then working with a golf coach to incorporate improve body mechanics back into his swing he was able to get some great results.

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