Proceedings of The 6th International Conference on Innovation in Science and Technology
Analysis on Club Head Velocity versus Golf Handicap in Greenside Bunker
Josefa Wivou, Pubudu N. Pathirana, Van T. Huynh and Lanka Udawatta
The purpose of this research study is to investigate the relationship between club head speed and golf handicap in relation to greenside bunkers. Biokin-Mobi sensor setup designed to capture three dimensional movement patterns of club head movements is employed in order to gather real time golf swing data. The angular velocity records captured during the greenside bunker shots are examined and correlated with handicaps of both skilled and amateur golfers. There is a significant difference between the club head speed of an elite and club head speed of an amateur golfers when executing greenside bunker shots. In particular, by examining peak velocities of the back and down swings, this study shows that club head speeds are valid indicators of golfers’ performance measures.
Keywords: Club head speed; handicap; angular velocity; sensing; sand bunkers.