Can the biomechanics of golf teach you how to build a fundamentally sound golf swing?
An important physical principal in golf biomechanics is the conservation of angular momentum...the scientific principal that states the angular momentum of an object remains constant as long as no external force or moment acts on that object.
Simply stated, if the object (club head) moves closer to the axis (formed by the golfer's stationary spine), it's velocity increases. If the object is moved farther out from the axis, it's velocity decreases.
Conservation of angular momentum can be clearly seen in the figure skater who performs a stationary spin on ice. As she brings her arms closer to her body, she spins faster - moving her arms away from her body causes her to slow down.
To take full advantage of the biomechanics of golf you must give angular momentum time to build up during the downswing or you are fighting the laws of physics - do not rush the downswing!
By allowing angular momentum to gradually build during the downswing will create an incredible amount of club head speed to be delivered to the ball at impact - this is why the pros look so effortless when they swing - they are taking full advantage of golf biomechanics and the conservation of angular momentum.
Solid golf biomechanics clearly states you must give the downswing time to develop if you want to take advantage of the laws of physics and angular momentum.
By allowing angular momentum to build up gradually during the downswing something beautiful happens in the world of golf biomechanics - at the end of the downswing the hands move farther from the body or axis of rotation and slow down. This reduction in momentum transfers into the much lighter club head and increases the velocity of the club head during the last part of the golf swing, and like the skater when she comes to an abrupt stop from her spin - in a whiplash type of effect, unleashes an incredible amount of force into the golf ball at impact!
So why not take advantage of golf biomechanics and the conservation of angular momentum and incorporate these laws into your golf swing??
Hit ‘em Long and Straight!
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