At the Jason Floyd Golf Academy, measuring and understanding the physical and technical performance of each student is crucial to our philosophy of personalisation and how we use scientific data to create bespoke performance golf plans.
Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia, Brooks Keopka and Bubba Watson have several things in common. They are all professional golfers, they are all major champions and they’ve all made a lot of money out of their profession! But one thing they don’t have in common is their golf swings.
Golf is a global sport enjoyed by millions of people across the world, yet out of these millions of golfers, from tour professionals to weekend warriors, no two swings look the same!
Yet, many golf instructors still have a swing philosophy that they apply to every single one of their students; hardly a recipe for success when it is clear that golf swing techniques vary greatly between even professional tour players.
So what is it that makes golf swings so unique? Why are there seemingly so many ways to play good golf (and bad!) and how do you find out which is the optimal way for you to swing the golf club?
‘We Don’t Guess. We Measure.’
‘We Don’t Guess. We Measure.’ has been discussed in some detail by Matt & Oli already and, through our blogs series in May, there is one overarching element that rings true throughout them all – everyone’s anatomy is different. We all vary in shape, size and body composition.
It’s essential then that we take this information into account because this will determine how an individual utilises the three main power sources the human body is capable of creating – Lateral, Rotational and Vertical forces.
With over three decades of research, BioSwing Dynamic Screening identifies student’s swing DNA through a series of tests that identify elements ranging from grip types, weight transfer, arm height at the top of the backswing and much more.
Predisposed Movement Patterns
Based on our anatomy, we all have in-built pre-disposed movement patterns i.e. an optimal and efficient way our body moves. Through optimising the magnitude and timing of those forces – the result is increased club head speed through optimised swing geometry. This swing path to club face relationship results in the perfect combination – long and straight golf shots.
Measuring For Success
BioSwing Dynamic Screening identifies the essential information required to design the blueprint for students’ technical programme. Some of the data we analyse during the JFGA assessment are:
- Grip Type
- Take Away & Hinge Type
- Back Swing & Down Swing Plane
- Arm Plane
- Release Type
- Stance Width
Modern Golf & Success – Distance As A Key Factor
In Oli’s blog last week, he talked about how distance is becoming one of the major factors in modern golf. Speed combined with driving distance is now a major reason why athletic ability and development are a key element of the career path of professional golfers.
‘Modern-day golf requires incredible amounts of Ballistic Speed along with significant levels of mobility, stability, hand-eye coordination and balance. In essence, neurological control of the entire body is paramount to elite golf performance.
Average driver club head speeds on the PGA Tour are approaching 115mph, with some players swinging over 130mph, it’s clear to see why the number one statistic in relation to money earned on the PGA Tour is driving distance.
In the near future, golfers won’t be able to compete on the PGA Tour and at College in the NCAAs unless they own the ability to consistently produce high club head speeds and driving distances.’
This is one of the reasons BioSwing Dynamic Screening is so important to performance results. Because each individual’s body is different, BioSwing Dynamic Screening determines the Swing DNA specific to you and, this combined with information gathered in our KinetiX physical screening, shows how your flexibility & range of movement all influence the way you swing the club.
Just like the DNA that makes each one of us unique, Swing DNA is specific to you as an individual. Only by understanding this can tailored results be assured and that is exactly what differentiates JFGA in leading the way in golf players’ performance. It is the ‘Athlete First. Golfer Second.’ ethos that drives every tailored part of our programme.
BioMechanics Working In Unison
Working in unison, BioMechanics Anatomical optimisation achieved through BioSwing Dynamics results in improved accuracy and an increased club speed. As a result, players can also expect greater distance in their golf shots as previously underutilised power is now directed into the golf ball.
Performance isn’t the only factor on which the BioSwing Dynamic Screening is focused though. Injury Prevention is also another major beneficial result of the screening.
Win-Win – Optimised Performance & Career Longevity
For any golfer wishing to get the best out of their game, optimising athletic ability is essential. It is only through continued performance optimisation that they can progress, whether preparing for a Tournament to achieving the career dream of becoming a professional player.
In today’s sporting world, athletic ability is a science and while ability is extremely important to success; another major factor is career longevity due to injury prevention and improved results.
It is not uncommon for a player to now continue a professional career well past the age of 50. This is another reason why BioSwing Dynamic Screening is so important.
Only through optimising the anatomical factors of a player’s body can the risk of sporting injuries be reduced during their golfing career. BioSwing Dynamic Screening, therefore, is an essential part of any golf assessment and contributes to long-term performance results that work in unison with the body.
To join or find out more about our Golf Programmes at the Jason Floyd Golf Academy, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on +34 607 042 134.