Have you ever wondered how someone like Jim Furyk won the U.S. Open with that golf swing? Or how a player like Ray Floyd or even John Daly have had such successful careers with such unorthodox golf swings. Fortunately, with the aid of Zenolink 3D motion capture systems, researchers have been able to identify the true measurement of a good golf swing. The answer is not how close your swing looks like Ernie Els or Tiger Woods on a 2D video camera, the answer is how efficient your swing measures compared to the best players in the world. In other words, there are a lot of ugly looking golf swings on the PGA Tour, but they seem to get the job done. The question you should be asking yourself is how can I make my golf swing get the job done.
Using data collected from Zenolink 3-D motion analysis system; we are now looking at how a golfer generate speed and transfers this speed or energy throughout their bodies. Thru this research a sequence or signature has been discovered how the best ball strikers get this speed to the club head. This signature is called a "Kinematic Sequence". The amazing thing is that all great ball strikers have the same kinematic sequence or the same signature of generating and transferring speed throughout their bodies. That means if you compare Ernie Els kinematic sequence to Jim Furyk'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 between these two players. All great ball strikers begin by generating speed from their lower body and transferring this speed through out their torso, into their arms, and then into the club. What style they use to complete this signature is completely unique to each player.
Key points of a Kinematic Sequence:
There is an Identical sequence of speed or energy generation for all great ball strikers. That sequence is lower body first (Hips - red line), Trunk or torso second (blue line) arms third (green line) and the club head last (black line). This sequence occurs during the downswing.
Each segment of the body builds speed off the previous segment, increasing speed up the chain. (Red is less than blue, which is less that green, which is less than black).
Each segment of the chain slows down once the next segment begins to accelerate. Think of a handle of a whip. The first thing you do is accelerate the handle of the whip to generate speed. then you rapidly decelerate the handle to transfer speed to the next part of the whip.
Unorthodox styles may have no effect on your ability to generate good kinematic sequence. in other words, Jim Furyk and Davis Love can have the kinematic sequence.