The Effect of Isolated Core Training on Selected Measures of Golf Swing Performance

Matthew Weston, Neil J. Coleman, Iain R. Spears

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    Purpose: This study aimed to quantify the effect of an 8-wk isolated core training program on selected ball and club parameters during the golf swing and also the variability of these measures.

    Methods: Thirty-six club-level golfers were randomly assigned to an exercise (n = 18) or control (n =18) group. The exercise group participated in an 8-wk core training program, which included eight basic exercises. Both groups continued with their normal activity levels including golf. Baseline and postintervention measurements included club-head speed, backspin, sidespin, and timed core endurance.

    Results: Baseline measures for club-head speed, backspin, sidespin, and core endurance test were 79.9 T 8.4 mph, 3930 T 780 rpm, 1410 T610 rpm, and 91 T 56 s for the intervention group and 77.6 T 8.8 mph, 3740 T 910 rpm, 1290 T 730 rpm, and 69 T 55 s for the control group (mean T SD). The effect of our core training, when compared with control, was a likely small improvement in club-head speed (3.6%; 90% confidence limits = T2.7%) and a very likely small improvement in muscular endurance (61%; T33%). The effect on backspin (5%; T10%) and sidespin (j6%; T20%) was unclear. Baseline variability for club-head speed, backspin, and sidespin (based on 10 swings per golfer) was 5.7% T 5.3%, 43% T 19%, and 140% T 180% for the intervention group and 6.5% T 5.3%, 53% T 53%, and 170% T 130% for control group. The effect of the intervention on within-subject variability was a moderate decrease for club-head speed, a small decrease for backspin, and a small increase for sidespin when compared with control.

    Conclusion: The benefits achieved from our isolated core training program are comparable with those from other studies.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2292-2297
    JournalMedicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013


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