Golf Motion Analysis

By John Wagner
Golf motion analysis provides visual feedback for your swing.
Golf motion analysis provides visual feedback for your swing.

Motion analysis is changing the way many golf instructors are giving lessons. In the past, golf instruction has been taught on the driving range with the student hitting balls and taking advice from the instructor after a few shots. For those students, the only feedback they received was verbal feedback from the instructor. Now, golf instructors are using motion analysis to provide more feedback than a golfer ever could have imagined.


With motion analysis, an instructor can give a student visual and auditory feedback to help the learning process. This additional feedback makes it much easier for the golfer to see and feel the correct position. The instructor can also be very specific with his information because motion analysis tells him exactly what your body and club are doing in the swing. They no longer have to rely solely on their own observations.


Golf motion analysis uses sensors, which placed on the golfer's body and club and measure the golfer's movement during the swing. Some motion analysis systems focus solely on certain body movements during the swing, but others create a 3-D image and focus more on the swing as a whole. Both provide a great amount of feedback that golfers may find beneficial.


Sensors are placed between your shoulder blades and above your tailbone. The sensors measure tilt, bend and turn in your shoulders and hips throughout the golf swing. In 3-D models, sensors are also placed on the club to trace the path of the club for video playback. Motion analysis is used in conjunction with video to playback to display all the information for the golfer.


With motion analysis, a golfer will know exactly how much he is turning, tilting or bending throughout his swing. The position the golfer is in will be color-coded based on a proper position (green), slightly off position (yellow) or poor position (red). Motion analysis also uses an auditory sound to tell golfers if they are in the proper position. These auditory sounds help the golfer feel the proper position. With 3-D models, golfers can see a side-by-side comparison of their swing path with a professional's and then make necessary corrections.


Although there are many benefits to using motion analysis, it can be overwhelming for some golfers. When taking a lesson using motion analysis, the instructor will be able to analyze every inch of your swing. Some people prefer to not know everything about their swing in an effort to keep things simple. If taking a lesson using motion analysis, be sure to talk to the instructor about your preferred learning style.

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